After reading my post about choosing the proper rug size for the living room, many of you asked “What size rug for the bedroom should I choose?”
The first thing you should know is that it is not at all necessary to even have a rug in your bedroom, whether you have hardwood flooring or carpet. I have hardwood floors in my bedroom and prefer to keep the clean, airy look of no rug at all to break up the floorspace.
You might like to have a rug in your bedroom if 1) you want to warm up or soften up the hard flooring, 2) you have ugly carpeting you want to cover, or 3) you want to add color or pattern to the space.
Not only will you need to consider what size rug is needed, but also how to orient the rug and where exactly to place it. Here are some of my guidelines for determining the right size rug for the bedroom, as well as placement. For a full or queen size bed, you can use a 5×8, 6×9, or 8×10 rug beneath the bed placed longways (depending on how much floor space you want covered). That is, the longer length should run centered on the bed from bedside table to bedside table, with the shorter width of the rug starting from in front of the bedside tables and running at least slightly beyond the end of the bed.
The bed’s footboard should sit on the rug, but the bed’s headboard and side tables should not. That’s my ideal, anyway, although you may see it done other ways.
For a king size bed, you will probably want an 8×10 rug rather than a 5×8 one. Of course, you will run it longways – the 10 feet will be across the bed, the 8 feet will run the length of the bed and out the end.
If you have a bench or seating area at the end of the bed, you’ll want to pull the rug further out so that your seating sits on it, as well. In this case, you may want to run a larger rug (9×12) vertically rather than the previously suggested horizontal.
Some people don’t want to use a large rug under the bed, but still want a soft place to land when getting out of bed. The best option in this case is to get a pair of runners for either side of the bed, or else a pair of 3×5 rugs.
Just be careful that the rugs are not too small or look anything like a bath mat. As my kids would say, that would be an EPIC FAIL. I’m ok with the little faux sheepskin rugs on either side, though.
I hope this helps if you are trying to determine the right size rug for the bedroom or the best way to place it. Do you have different ideas about choosing the placement or right size rug for the bedroom? Feel free to share with us or ask a question about your bedroom rug placement in the comments!
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