Most durable carpets for stairs & high traffic areas

Finding the most durable carpet for those busy areas of your home, from your hallway to your stairs, requires a few more considerations before purchase.


Our handy guide is here to do all the hard work for you, so all you have left to do is pick your favourite.

What is the hardest wearing carpet for stairs?

As your carpet takes a lot of footfall during the day, it’s important you invest in hard-wearing flooring to withstand the daily wear and tear. 


There are different carpet types available and the main ones you want to look out for are a level loop or a multi-level loop.


A level loop is a type of loop pile in which all of the loops of the carpet are made the same size, creating a smooth and even surface.


Whereas a multi-level loop carpet has a distinct appearance and the loop piles are of varying heights to create a multi-dimensional look.


They’re both great choices for stairs for a handful of reasons: they bounce back, their retention is better and footprints don’t get imprinted.


Both our Living Kasbah Carpet and Westex loop ranges cater for all budgets and are a great place to start.


However, it’s worth noting if you have pets then it’s best to rule out loop piles as their claws can get caught and the carpet can easily snag.


Your next best option and actually the most popular is a tight twist pile. Practical and hard-wearing, this pile type is short and dense, offering a firm ‘barefoot’ feeling – ideal for a high-traffic area. 


Discover our Associated Weavers Twist Carpet which has a fantastic 20-year wear and stain warranty, giving you extra peace of mind. 


Shop all suitable flooring solutions for high-traffic areas here



£ 7.99

Only £ 7 .99 sqm

Modern Loops Range
Great for modern-day family life, with various loop designs.
  • Bleach Cleanable: Yes
  • Backing: Action
  • Available widths: 4m and 5m
£ 49.99

Only £ 49 .99 sqm

  • Guarantee Wear: 6
  • Available widths: 1m, 3.66m, 4m and 4.57m
£ 28.99
Was £ 31 .99 sqm
Was £ 31 .99 sqm

Now £ 28 .99 sqm

Long Lasting Luxury Range
A durable carpet which is ideal for all areas of your home. Great for homes with children & pets.
  • 20 Year stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 20 Year
  • Available widths: 3m, 4m and 5m

Stair carpet ideas

Make a statement with your stairs and go for stripes, checked and geometric patterned carpets.


Striped carpets


Stripes are popular on stairs as they elongate the space when they’re laid on straight stairways.


Our Victoria Darcy Twist Stripe Carpet is a great choice, available in 6 stylish colourways. Naturally drawing the eye, this classic pattern will never go out of style making for a worthwhile investment.


The great thing about striped carpets is that you can be as bold and as colourful as you like, or if you prefer something a little more subtle you can opt for muted tones or a colour gradient. 


No matter if you go for a full-width carpet or a fitted runner, striped carpets always offer visual impact.Stripes are popular on stairs as they elongate the space when they’re laid on straight stairways.



What type of carpet is the most durable?

High-traffic areas, such as your stairs, will benefit from more durable materials and when it comes to finding the best solution, you have several fabrics that are up to the job.


The sturdiest carpet material is polyamide or synthetic nylon. As they’re typically low pile, they won’t mat down and can handle a substantial amount of foot traffic whilst maintaining a good look.


Polypropylene is also a great material choice as it’s highly stain-resistant, fade-resistant and easy to clean. It’s also very budget-friendly.


If you’re after something a little softer, equally long-lasting and more premium then wool is also a great choice (though often more expensive). 


What is the best colour carpet for stairs?

This completely depends if you’re a shoes on or shoes off family. If it’s likely you’ll be running up and down the stairs in your shoes, opting for a darker, serviceable coloured carpet, such as a brown or dark grey would be a more sensible choice.


Whereas if you typically wander around your home barefoot or in slippers, a lighter colour would do just nicely.


The most popular colour carpet for stairs is actually greige – a beautiful blend of grey and beige. This versatile, on-trend colour is loved as complements a myriad of design styles.


Though saying that, if it’s constructed from the incredibly stain-resistant polypropylene, you won’t have to limit your colour choices. 

 

Discover the latest trends in stair carpets here.

  

£ 38.99

Only £ 38 .99 sqm

Modern Loops Range
Great for modern-day family life, with various loop designs.
  • Guarantee Wear: 12 Years
  • Backing: Action
  • Available widths: 4m
£ 38.99

Only £ 38 .99 sqm

Modern Loops Range
Great for modern-day family life, with various loop designs.
  • Guarantee Wear: 12 Years
  • Backing: Action
  • Available widths: 4m
£ 38.99

Only £ 38 .99 sqm

Modern Loops Range
Great for modern-day family life, with various loop designs.
  • Guarantee Wear: 12 Years
  • Backing: Action
  • Available widths: 4m

Plain carpets



Plain coloured carpets are the most common choice as they’re simplistic and easier to pair with your home’s colour scheme.


Neutral coloured carpets are especially effective for winding stairs as they create a light and spacious feel.


They work equally as well if you have straight staircases, as they work to open the space out. From bright and bold colours to the nice and neutral, you can certainly add some personality to your stair carpet.


£ 25.79

Only £ 25 .79 sqm

Softest Touch Range
  • Soft & luxurious
  • Warm underfoot
  • Ultimate luxury
  • 10 Years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 10 Years
  • Available widths: 4m and 5m
£ 17.99

Only £ 17 .99 sqm

Long Lasting Luxury Range
A durable carpet which is ideal for all areas of your home. Great for homes with children & pets.
  • 10 Years stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 10 Years
  • Available widths: 4m and 5m
£ 21.49

Only £ 21 .49 sqm

Softest Touch Range
  • Soft & luxurious
  • Warm underfoot
  • Ultimate luxury
  • Lifetime stain guarantee
  • Guarantee Wear: 10 Years
  • Available widths: 2m, 2.5m, 4m and 5m

12 of most durable carpets for stairs

Now you know which carpet types and materials to look out for, as well as the selection of suitable patterns and colours, we’ve rounded up our 12 top durable carpets for those high traffic areas in your home.

 

1: Living Kasbah Carpet 

2. Westex Westend Velvet Carpet

3. Associated Weavers New Heather Twist Elite Carpet

4. Victoria Darcy Twist Stripe Carpet

5. Living Manilla Silver Carpet

6. Endurance Tango Deluxe Carpet

7. Signature Stainfree Twist 

8. Living Charming Carpet 

9. Living Croft House Carpet

10. Highgrove Carpet

11. Signature Newark Carpet  

12. Piccadilly Cord Stripe Carpet


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Published: 10th February 2022