Find just the right size and placement of your bedroom rug with these easy tips.
When it comes to interior design, the implemented design is often in the details – and none more so than when it comes to area rugs. If your rug is too big or too small, it can throw off an entire room’s design. To help you get it right, this article guides you through the essential steps for choosing the perfect rug size for bedrooms.
You’ll learn which rug sizes are best suited for different bed sizes and top tips to help you finish off the space. With this guide, you’ll be sure to find the best option for your room that looks and feels great.
When redecorating your bedroom, choosing the correct size rug is a crucial — but often overlooked — step. Many people don’t know that selecting a rug that’s too small or too large can throw off the whole look of the room and cause things to feel out of balance. Let's take a look at these ideal options for determining the best rug size for your room.
Bedroom Rug Size Guide and Tips
Consider Size of the Bed
Carefully consider the size of your bed when you are deciding on a new rug. Many master bedrooms like ours have a king-size bed. A larger rug like a 9'x12' or 10'x14' is highly suggested for working best with the size of a king bed.
There are two options when it comes to styling a rug under a bed. First, have the rug sit completely under the bed and nightstands. This way it will cover around the entire perimeter of your bed when you get out of it. And the second option, the rug should sit at least partially under the foot of the bed and even under the nightstands if you have enough space to do so.
However, my bedroom area rug in our master is only 8x10 and doesn't go under the bed quite as far the first option. I wanted more rug space down at the end of the bed instead of close to my nightstands. Either option can work, it is just a matter of personal preference and how you are using your space.
The general rule is to leave about 2 feet of rug around the perimeter of the bed. As long as you have enough rug space around the sides of the bed, you can be flexible on a larger rug size.
Consider Overall Size of Room
A rug is a great tool to help define the room's boundaries, so it's important to consider the overall room size before investing in a large rug. This is the same king bed, but used in our previous master bedroom of our remodeled modern farmhouse. This is a small bedroom in comparison to our current master suite.
Because of the smaller space, it was necessary to put the majority of the rug under the bed, especially if we wanted a few feet of the edge of the rug to show. Our room would not have fit this same size rug if it was placed only at the foot of the bed.
You also do not want the rug to be the only flooring that you see in a room. Make sure to have a few feet of clearance from the baseboards to the bedroom rug placement.
Furniture Arrangement With Bedroom Rug
Think about layout of furniture combined with your bedroom rugs. The size of the rug can be effected by furniture placement in your space.
Each one of my kids has a queen bed in their room. An 8'x10' rug is recommended to cover floor space for a bed this size with 3 feet of visible rug showing on the side of the bed. However, if your floor space is limited, you can size down to a 6'x9' rug. It will simply limit visibility of your run at the sides and foot of your bed.
Boho Room and Rug
Because I wanted a small bench in my daughter's boho room at the foot of her bed, we changed the placement of her rug and moved it down to cover more floor space at the bottom of the queen-size bed. If you want to place some type of seating or a trunk at the foot of a bed, it's a good option to adjust your rug accordingly for more visual appeal if you have the room space to do so.
Bunkbed and Rug
For the queen bed in my son's room, I built him a bunk bed. See how you can easily build this bunk bed furniture here! Because a bunk bed like this can be pretty stationary, I had to be careful with my measurements for a rug since there wasn't a ton of wiggle room working around the furniture.
In spite of its larger size, this rug was able to be centered underneath the bed while still allowing enough room for the hardwood floors to be visible around the edges. It's ideal to have a rug cover your high-traffic areas, which this definitely does.
Black and White Room and Rug
For this last queen bed size in this fun black and white room, I placed a large size area rug to cover about half of the floor space underneath the length of the bed. The placement allows for more rug in the walking space around the bed.
Also think about if you want to have a soft rug underneath your feet with other furniture in the room. I wanted a soft surface for underneath my daughter's pouf and her sitting furniture at the end of her bed.
Using an Accent Rug in a Bedroom
For this full bed in my daughter's old room, we opted to not put any rugs underneath the bed and instead use an accent rug in the sitting corner. However, for a full size bed a 6'x9' rug is recommended. You can also place smaller rugs on each side. I would suggest 3'x5' if you want to go that route.
I love using an accent rug for small spaces. It is perfect for this reading nook to have something comfy at your feet.
For my son's old room, we used a rug as a play space for comfort on the hard floor instead of placing directly under his twin bed. Depending on the size of your room, an 8'x10', 6'x9', or 5'x7' rug are all optimal for a twin size bed. But make sure to measure so you have enough space around the perimeter. Just like with a full, you can also opt for two smaller rugs on the sides of the bed.
Another option is to place a rug directly in front of the bed as a main focal point. Since this was a space to play, it worked out well. With an older child I recommend moving the rug slightly under the bed for added elegance and fluidity.
Bedroom Rug Size Guide
When it comes to decorating bedrooms, rug size can make all the difference. Whether you’re looking for a rug to fill a small space or fill an entire room, there’s a size that’s just right. With these tips, you can find a rug that’s both functional and stylish. Accurately measuring your room and understanding how the rug will fit with your furniture will ensure that you choose the perfect size rug for your bedroom and get the style you desire.
For dog-friendly rug options, take a look at this video!
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