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Rugs add to the beauty and feeling of luxury in any room that they’re added to, be it the living room, dining room, or master bedroom. The feeling of waking up on a winter morning and putting your feet down on the cold floor can be particularly jarring. The warmth of a soft rug underfoot, on the other hand, almost makes waking up a pleasurable experience. However, what rugs you choose and where you put them in your bedroom makes all the difference in the world. To help you get it right, here are some aesthetic tips on how to place a rug in a bedroom.

We’re going to walk you through how to choose a rug for smaller rooms, for larger rooms and we’ll throw in some nifty placement tips for good measure.

Choosing a rug for smaller rooms

small bedroom rug placement

If you’re choosing a rug for a small bedroom, buy a large rug, one that is large enough to fill up almost the entire space. It is enough if you leave a bare floor or between two and five inches between the walls and the rug.

Here are some general guidelines that you can use while choosing the size of an area rug for a small room with a twin size or full-size bed. 

  1. A 4 foot by 6-foot rug or a 5 foot by 8-foot rug will only fit the bottom two-thirds of your bed.
  2. An area rug that measures 6 feet by 9 feet can fit your entire bed, a nightstand, and a stool at the end of the bed.
  3. If you want an area rug that fits two twin beds with a nightstand in the middle of both beds and a stool at the end of each bed, you need a 9 foot by 12-foot rug.

Note: Standard measurement for a full-size bed or double bed measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. A twin size bed measures 39 inches wide by 75 inches long. A twin xl bed is made for taller people and measures 80 inches long.

Choosing a rug for larger rooms

bedroom rug placement

Choosing the right size of the rug while dealing with large bedrooms is just as important as with small bedrooms. Working with a smaller rug may make the entire space feel uninviting. If you are buying a larger rug, make sure you leave at least 8 inches of space between the wall and the rug.

Most large bedrooms will feature either a king-size bed or a queen-size bed. Use these guidelines while buying a rug.

  1. You will be able to fit the bottom two-thirds of your bed with an 8 foot by 10 foot or 9 foot by a 12-foot area rug. However, you will not be able to fit a nightstand.
  2. A 12 foot by 15-foot area rug is large enough for a California king size bed as well as a nightstand.
  3. One of the rules of thumb designer’s advice is to always make sure the area rug you buy extends between 18 inches and 24 inches on either side and the foot of your queenside or king-size beds.

Note: A king-size bed measures 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. A California king-size bed is 72 inches wide by 84 inches long. A standard queen size bed measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long.

Rug placement tips

where to put rug in bedroom
  1. While placing a rug at the foot of your bed, remember to leave between 12 to 18 inches of space on all sides of the area rug for maximum visual impact if the width of the rug measures less than the width of the bed.
  2. If the area rug is wider than your bed, place the top of the rug just under your bed’s footboard.
  3. While placing only the top few inches, say between 6 inches to 18 inches, of the area rug under the bed, remember that your placement has to be absolutely symmetrical and that you ought to leave between 12 and 24 inches on either side of the rug as well.
  4. While working with larger rooms, using smaller area rugs, such as 4 inches by 6 inches in size, as runners on the side of the bed add to the feeling of luxury. 
  5. One of interior design’s best-kept secrets is rug layering. Create some spice to your bedroom decor by layering rugs of dissimilar colors one on top of the other.

Choose rugs that may differ from each other in shape, size, color, or texture. While matching them, always choose colors that are at the opposite end of the spectrum from each other. For example, if you’re choosing a red rug, match it with a white one. Match a pink rug with a khaki-colored one.

Another rule of thumb is to always place the lighter-hued rug underneath the darker one to maximize visual impact.

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Aesthetic tips on how to place a rug in a bedroom was last modified: February 8th, 2021 by Narayan Shrouthy

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