How to place a rug in a bedroom? 

In the bedroom, the bed acts as the major focal point in the room, and as such, it should determine where you place an area rug. A rug offers a warm and soft spot for the feet when you wake up in the morning. When you are placing the rug, there are also other considerations you need to make like the positioning of the side tables, nightstands, benches, and vanities. There are several ways you can position a rug in the bedroom.

First, the rug can be positioned in such a way that it goes under the bed completely and the general rule here is to have at least 18 to 24 inches of space around the area rug ensuring that the walkways are not encroached.

Next, position the rug such that 2/3 of it gets covered by the bed. Here you could also leave 18 to 24 inches on the sides and the foot of the bed. To ensure that the room looks symmetrical, an 8 x 10 rug works best if you have a queen bed and 9 x 12 size rug for a king sized bed. 

You could also have two runners on either side of the bed. This option works with beds of any type and size. It’s a good option if the sides of your bed are positioned against the wall. If you are going with this design, the size of the runners matter, and the rule of thumb is for them not to extend past your bed and not to be wider than your nightstand. 

What size rug for the bedroom?

An area rug in the bedroom can create a focal point and a soft platform for your feet in the morning. While your budget should determine the kind of rug you get, ensure that you get the right size of rug in which case, the size of your bedroom, and the positioning of your furniture should determine the rug size. 

If you have a large master bedroom, then go for a rug that is large enough to fit the bed as well as the nightstands when you place it perpendicular to them. For such a room, an 8 x 10 rug will accommodate a queen and king sized bed perfectly plus the end tables. 

If you have beautiful floorings like laminate or hardwood but still want the comfort that rugs bring, then consider a 6 x 9 rug that goes under the bed and just up to your nightstands. Such a small rug is comfortable and will not hide your floor completely. 

If you are really on a budget and still want the comfort of a large rug, then consider placing two runners on either side of your bed. Runner rugs as well as 2 x 6 rugs will offer a soft landing for your feet. 

Where to put the rug in the bedroom?

  • Under all the furniture: This is ideal for very large rooms and small rooms alike. It will work best for you especially if you don’t like your floor and would like to have everything covered up. To avoid going overboard however and purchasing a rug that is too big, measure the room to get the right measurements. The rug should extend at least 36 inches around your queen or king-sized bed in which case an 8×10 or 9×12 area rug will work perfectly. 
  • With just the bed on: This look gives you a chance to show off your floor because it doesn’t cover everything but only 2/3 of the flooring under the bed. With this option, you want to have 3 to 5 inches of flooring showing between the edge of any furniture and the rug. As such, an 8×10 or 6×9 will work for you. 
  • Flanking your bed: This is a great option if your bed is pushed against the wall and it’s a great option for runners too. You can either put runners that go under the nightstands completely or a shorter rug that goes on the side of your bed. Again, ensure that there are a few inches left between the rug and the nightstand. 
  • At the foot of the bed: If you have a beautiful laminate or hardwood flooring, then there is no need to hide it with a rug. If you still want to have a rug, you might opt to put one at the foot of the bed. It is advisable to have a runner under the bed or a bench at the end that will help create some form of dimension. Ensure that the runner extends to the end of the nightstands at least on either side of the bed. 

How to pick a rug for a bedroom?

  • Size: The first thing you need to consider when you are picking out a rug for your bedroom is the size. The rug should not be too big that it hides all your floors or too small that it appears as though you are trying to hide a stain on the floor. If your bed is not against the wall, there should be at least 36 inches on every side such that you can walk around it. With that boarder in mind, measure the width and the length of where you want the rug to go. 
  • Style: The rug style that you go for is a matter of personal preference. However, one thing to keep in mind is that the right style will create balance in your room. Since there is minimal foot traffic in the bedroom, when you are picking out an area rug, focus on comfort and luxury.
  • Materials: The material the rug is made of is an important consideration because it determines how easy the rug is to clean. Thinner and bumpier area rugs tend to be easier to clean. Sisal rugs are the most ideal for the bedroom. While viscose and silk rugs look great, if your pet sleeps in the bedroom, they will wear out quickly. Rugs made of synthetic materials like polypropylene are easy to clean and maintain and not to mention extremely durable as well.
  • The rug pad: The final thing that you need to pay attention to when you are selecting a bedroom rug is the rug pad. Go for a rug that has some form of backing material to avoid slipping. 

Do I need a rug in my bedroom?

  • Some people are against rugs in the bedroom while others are for them. A rug serves many functions and just like you would have one in your living room, you also need a rug in your bedroom and for good reasons. 
  • Comfort: Carpeted floors are always softer than tile, laminate, or hardwood and comfortable to not only walk on but stand on. Rugs in the bedroom feel warm and comfortable to your feet and the softness makes it possible for the floors to absorb your weight. 
  • Noise reduction: An area rug especially in the bedroom, helps to dampen any noise in that space. The house is quiet if no footstep sounds are clicking all around. This is especially great if there are people living downstairs. 
  • Adds some personality: Perhaps the main reason why you would need an area rug in the bedroom in the first place is to show off your style. Rugs come in different patterns, colors as well as textures all of which contribute to your style. 
  • Define the space: Area rugs in the bedroom can be used to separate the space especially if you live in a studio apartment. 
  • Floor protection: If you have beautiful floors, it may seem odd to cover them but with time you will be thankful that you did since your floor will be free of scruffs and scratches.