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Placement of Bedroom Rugs

Placement of Bedroom Rugs

In this final instalment of our placement advice blogs, we focus on the bedroom. This is the room that requires the most cosiness, homeliness and relaxation by design compared to anywhere else in the home, making rug placement a vital aspect. A rug, when correctly laid, can give you comfort and warmth underfoot, make the bed an inviting and accentuated feature, and make lamps and bedside tables appear much more connected with the bed. We can assure you that bedroom rugs will vastly improve both style and atmosphere - so read below and find which placement is best for you!


Two Thirds of The Bed on the Rug

This is perhaps the most popular option. The layout requires two thirds of the bed to be on a rug, ending slightly before the pillows begin. No other furniture such as nightstands should be placed on the rug for it to look best, and end tables at the foot of the bed should be avoided to not overcrowd it. Allow for 45-60cm of space for the rug to cover on the sides and beyond the end of the bed; again this leads to the most attractive look. The rug sides should never appear longer than the section of rug at the foot of the bed, but an equal or smaller appearance is fine. Generally, queen sized beds should use approximately 245 x 305cm rugs for this look, and king size beds should use 275 x 365cm rugs - we have many size options available on all of our rugs to suit all bed sizes.


Runners Either Side of the Bed

If you don’t want to ‘waste’ a rug under the bed, or prefer a shaggy option, use a runner at either side of your bed. Rugs laid in this manner create a pathway leading to your nightstands, inviting you to come and relax. This can create a cosy feel in your home, and is ideal for those night owls who dislike going to bed. Shaggy rugs are ideal in this sense too; they are soft and deep in pile, comforting your feet when you really don’t want to get up, or helping you feel more prepared for sleep. In smaller rooms, runners are ideal, as larger rugs can crowd a room. Two smaller rugs are often cheaper than one large one too, perfect for those on a budget. It is important that runners are proportionate to the bed however, by not extending beyond the foot of the bed or spanning the entire length of it. Ideally, they should stop either side of a nightstand, and be slightly wider than these too. Overall, this is the most flexible option for your home, and is perfect especially if both ends of your bed touch the wall.


All Legs on the Rug

This look requires the largest rug, so is ideal for larger bedrooms or studio flats. It involves putting all legs of the bed, nightstands and end table on the rug, but no other furniture. As a rule, the rug should cover 45-60cm of space around each side of the bed, provided this doesn’t interfere with main walkways, and works whether or not a bed is touching a wall. Despite this, we think this look is best when the head side of the bed is touching a wall.

This layout makes a bed more than just for sleep - it makes the bed a main feature of a room, where one can watch TV, socialise, eat or work from. This is common in studio flats or homes without couches, meaning rugs laid like this can allow the bed to double up as a space for many activities without feeling lazy, and vastly improve the homely atmosphere. Even in homes with sofas, this look is still perfect for those who enjoy spending lots of time in bed, and improves the ability to relax by keeping the feet comfortable when entering or exiting the space. Practically, this option can make beds appear larger by extending the space around them, which is great for those with single beds. If a bed is large, consider proportionality of the rug to the rest of the room, or choose an alternative layout.


Once you have chosen an option, be sure to browse our bedroom rugs here, available in many sizes, shapes, colours and styles.

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