By bi9s. staircase. At Monday, October 28th 2019, 10:08:37 AM.
There are dozens of combinations of different types of stains and shades. Unlike a finish, which is meant to protect the wood, a stain won’t do that. Instead, a stain works by darkening the wood or adding pigments to the natural grain. By rubbing the stain into the wood (a process that takes place BEFORE the finish is applied) the natural grain pattern is able to be emphasized and given a more dramatic appearance by bringing out the natural beauty of the piece. This is why staining is not a necessary part of woodworking, but can be a great way to spruce up an older piece of furniture or add a complete look to a new project.
The French cap method wraps the carpet around the edge of the stair and tucks it under the lip, contouring to the shape of the step. This method may require more time and skill on the part of the installer but presents a tailored look that you may prefer.
A stair that has a curved outside edge is referred to as a bullnose. It is found most commonly at the very bottom of the staircase as the first stair. The carpet can be wrapped around the curved lip of the stair by making a slit as was done for the cap stair, and flexing the carpet around the bend. Depending on the depth of the stair, you may need to make two or three slits to achieve the proper coverage.