Updating old and dingy stairs can be an expensive project. So, today, we’re sharing some unique ideas for updating stairs that won’t break the bank. Not only that, these ideas are a sure way to drastically improve the look of your outdated (or just boring) stairs!

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Unique Ideas For Updating Stairs

Add Vinyl Decals to Stair Risers

This is one of our favorite looks. We found these gorgeous tile-like vinyl decals that look so beautiful on stair risers! This black and white pattern is another favorite.

Following are a few more gorgeous options to get this look. Click any of the images in the scrolling bar below to learn more about each item.

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Stair Tread Sets

If you’re looking for a functional update to your slick wood stairs, then stair tread sets may be a good alternative! Simply affix them to your stairs and you instantly have traction and grip, making your stairs much more safe! Lookwise, they vary from semi-industrial looking to rug-like, but there are now many options out there to choose from!

Stair Tread Set Via Wayfair

Stair Tread Set via Wayfair

Wallpaper the Stair Risers

A fun new trend is to add wallpaper (or removable wallpaper) to the stair risers to add a punch of personality to a staircase! It’s obviously not easy to decorate your stairs, so this is a great way to add some color, pattern, and even function, to your stairs!

Wallpapered Stairs via Wayfair

Wallpapered Stairs via Wayfair

This beachwood removable wallpaper look is another favorite on this gorgeous staircase!

Removable Wallpaper With Beachwood Appearance On Staircase



Removable Wallpaper With Beachwood Appearance On Staircase via Wayfair

Following are a few wallpapers we love that would work well on this project. Some are even removable so there isn’t a fear of commitment involved! Click any of the images below to learn more about each item.

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Get Creative With Paint

There so many unique options to consider by simply updating your stairs with paint! This painted striped staircase from Heathered Nest is one of our favorites! She shares the full DIY tutorial in this post. Get creative with your design!

Painted Stairs Via Heathered Nest

Painted Stairs Via Heathered Nest

Add a Runner Over Wood Stairs

We love the custom look that runners can add to wood stairs. This is also an easy way to dress up unfinished stairs leading to a basement! Nowadays, it’s so easy to DIY this project with a staple gun and a runner or two of your choice! This tutorial makes it look like a breeze! As shown below, this idea even works on outdoor stairs with this green diamond indoor/outdoor runner

Following are some of our favorite runners to use on stairs. Simply click any of the images below to learn more about each item.

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Which of these ideas is your favorite for updating stairs? Do you have any other unique ideas to share?

More ideas for your home:

Fabric Stair Risers

Entryway Staircase Remodel

Newel Post Over Existing Banister

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