Woman goes viral after lining her stairs with £ 1.50 doormats from IKEA
A DIY enthusiast completely transformed her drab staircase with a brilliant budget hack costing just £ 18.
Now, social media followers are flocking to follow in his footsteps – literally.
Geraldine Alessi had always hated the dull burgundy carpet that covered her wooden staircase.
But when she saw an online hack that used rugs to create a stair path, she came up with the idea of doing something similar – but with doormats.
The interior designer bought 12 doormats at IKEA for £ 1.50 each and got to work, later sharing the results on Instagram, where he racked up more than 10,000 likes.
“The carpet was installed by a builder,” Geraldine told Jam Press.
“It wasn’t the color we were asking for, but we didn’t make a fuss since it had been laid and we didn’t want the uproar – something I experienced to regret.
“Last year I was inspired by another Instagram user who used £ 7 mustard rugs from IKEA to create a rug for his staircase.
“I didn’t want to do the exact same thing, so I went shopping to see if there was anything else I could use.
“I discovered these very inexpensive but high quality neutral color palette rugs – and they were only £ 1.50.
“The only downside was that they didn’t have a square edge so I knew they wouldn’t be as easy to install as I had seen previously.
“However, the price and style was too great an opportunity to miss and I thought it was worth a try.”
Geraldine started by tearing up the carpet, before painting the steps and railings a cool white, keeping the carpet underlay to be used under her mats.
“It took me about half a day, which is longer than if I had to do it again now, because there was a lot of trial and error before I got the best fit,” he said. she declared.
“If I did it from scratch now, I think it would take me less than a few hours.
“I used a heavy-duty stapler, which had both standard heavy-duty staples and U-shaped staples.
“The sturdy staples I used to secure the mats under the U-bend of the step (so inconspicuous and invisible to the naked eye) and the U-shaped staples I used to secure the mat to the tread. stair step of the step.
“Just one in each corner and they’re also incredibly low-key.
“The winder part of the step was the trickiest part to do and the mat has to be cut at an angle to fit the shape of the step.”
Although Geraldine says the unusual shape of the rugs made it harder to hack, the cost outweighed the time it took and potential disasters.
The 39-year-old from Buckinghamshire added: “At a total cost of £ 18 I’m very happy with it and it’s still up for 18 months which is why I was happy to follow and share the “how to” on my Instagram page, knowing that I had tried and tested it.
“It’s such a buzz to transform a space and create a look without going broke to do it.”
The hack has become a hit online, with social media users blown away by the simplicity of the DIY method.
“It looks amazing,” said one person.
“It was genius. A total genius, ”added another.
“It looks absolutely fabulous,” someone else wrote.
While another delighted user said, “Wow. It’s amazing thanks for sharing.”