Back when I first posted this renovation, I got some comments about safety. Like, do I ever fall on my ass when I go down the uncarpeted stairs? I'm here to tell you that YES INDEEDY I do. I have fallen a few times, in fact. These satiny steps are killer.
An especially bad fall happened two nights ago. I was wearing my slippers as I'm supposed to (these stairs are a no-sock zone), but the tread on my slippers was no match for my careless thundering-down-without-holding-onto-the-railing descent.
My foot slipped off a step, and I took the last four to the back, butt, thighs and ribs....while carrying an unsealed can of white oil-based paint.
I know what you're all thinking, "Oh no, did you spill paint on your stairs??" And after that, "Are you ok??" Well yes, I'm ok, relatively speaking. And no, miraculously I didn't spill paint on the stairs. Although, I'm beginning to think that maybe some texture paint on the treads would be a good idea, as Shaun has also fallen a time or two.
Right now I feel like I did after getting rear-ended in my car many years ago. My neck is whiplashed, my ribs ache, my butt is sore, my thighs hurt when I try to cross my legs, and I ache in areas I don't want to mention. Getting out of bed requires hoisting myself up out of the squishy Tempurpedic material with my arms only. I feel like a paraplegic.
With my record of clumsiness, I've struggled with adding a stair runner when I really don't want to cover up all our hard work. It's a tough call, since I have yet to find a runner that I love. I do like the wool carpet that Aubrey and Lindsay had bound for their basement stairs:
And Copy Cat Chic has a nice post about runners here. Although, I must admit the thought of nailing/stapling anything into my beautiful stairs makes me want to puke more than my aching body does.
Has anyone else found uncarpeted stairs to be a safety hazard, or is it just us?