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Bedroom Rug Placement (Layout Guide)

Welcome to our bedroom rug placement design guide including the best positioning and layouts for a variety of bed, rug and room sizes.
Modern master bedroom with wallpaper accent wall and area rug Bedroom rug placement is a very important factor for an aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional space. The exact placement of a rug in a bedroom can be the difference between slipping into bed and casually climbing into bed. It could also determine whether your first step in the morning is into a plush warm rug, or onto a cold hard wood floor. While these seem like small things, believe me, they make it worth it.

There are a few key elements that need to be taken into account with any size bed to help determine what type of rug would best compliment the area. Some of those features are described below.

Rug Placement Under Bed

Attic bedroom with rug under bed shiplap drawers The dimensions of the room is the least workable feature, seeing as to change the size you would need some serious construction to make adjustment. With that in mind it is important to get the right rug and bed size for the space you have available to you to determine the best rug placement. Having the correct size can also help make the room appear larger or smaller depending on the intent.

Small Room– Smaller rooms limit the options, leaving you with needing a relatively smaller rug. If you can select one the is a little undersized it can leave more of the flooring exposed, making the room appear a little bit more spacious. If your small room has a twin bed the recommended size is 6′ x 9″ with the rug positioned in front on the bed stands and extending beyond the foot of the bed.

Medium Room – Medium, or the average sized room, opens up many options. One can incorporate small rugs, large rugs or even multiple rugs coordinating with the furniture layout. The best layout for a medium sized room with a queen sized bed is a 6′ x 9″ with the rug laid out in front on the bed stands and reaching past the foot of the bed.

Large Room – Larger rugs are typically recommended in larger spaces. This can make the room not so prone to echoes, and help prevent feeling cold by having the rug take up a larger portion of the space. Another option with large rooms is selecting multiple rugs for rooms that are multi-functional. This can differentiate between the tasks or events associated with each area of the room, or call for attention at a certain spot.

The best size rug for a large room with a king sized bed is the 8′ x 10′ size. This rug layout provides ample coverage surrounding the bed and stretching from right in front of the bed stands to beyond the foot of the bed.

Read more about how to pick rug sizes here.

Bedroom Rug Placement Guide

Bedroom rug placement guide

Rug Size to Use Under Bed

Typical Size – For a quick general decision when it comes to bedrooms rugs there are a few things to keep in mind. The length of a rug should be roughly 18 to 24 inches longer on each side of a queen sized bed. This should result in a 8 to 9 foot rug in length.

When it comes to the width of the rug they should generally be about 5 feet wide. If you would like it to extend all the way to the nightstands it needs to be about 9 feet or more wide. Some common sizes used with queen sized beds are listed below.

4 by 6 rug – A 4 inch by 6 inch rug is relatively small, meaning it is best used in a set of rugs. It is also good for smaller spaces. This size rug is not great for right under a queen sizes bed, but instead as a pair on either side of the bed.

5 by 7 rug – A 5 inch by 6 inch rug is another small one, but it is able to be place comfortably underneath a queen sized bed. With the petite sizing of this rug it is commonly used in smaller spaces. There are of then no nightstands or shelves beside the bed as it could reflect the size of the rug and room negatively.

5 by 8 rug – Just a little larger than the above mentioned rugs, a 5 inch by 8 inch rug gives a little more length, and offering a better scale to include nightstands or bedside tables. With the shorter 5 inch width, this rug can go under the bed but cannot be placed under the nightstands. This is still in the small to medium size category. The size of the rug greatly affects the price on the rugs.

6 by 9 rug – Getting into the mid sized rugs a 6 inch by 9 inch rug is best for average sized rooms, and are really good for queen sized beds in particular. These are large enough that the space can have dual nightstands, but the rug is not wide enough to go under them.

7 by 10 rug – A 7 inch by 10 inch rug is on the larger to medium side of the rugs, and is the largest size recommended size to place underneath a queen sized bed. This has the optimal excess on each side to provide comfort from entering and exiting the bed.

8 by 10 rug – An 8 inch by 10 inch is a little big for a queen sized bed, but can still be incorporated in a larger bedroom. Two options of setup with this size can be to put the rug under the both of the nightstands and the bed, or to leave a quarter of the bed without the rug underneath.

9 by 12 rug – A 9 inch by 12 inch rug is extremely big, and can be great in situations where the flooring is less than ideal and one wants to keep it covered. These only fit in large rooms.

Type & Shape of Rug

Contemporary bedroom with area rug ceiling fan Runner – Runners are long in length and short in width making them commonly placed on either side of the bed and/or at the end of the bed. These are great for smaller spaces and smaller budgets. These do not get placed under the bed.

Round: Round rugs are great for smaller rooms, as they can fill up the correct space needed for under a bed, which leaving open space in the rest of the room. These are best placed in the middle of the bed, and shouldn’t be more than 1 foot longer than the bed itself.

Square – Square rugs are pretty uncommon in bedrooms, as they do not fit proportionally with the length of a bed. They are welcome in larger rooms where the square can made larger to accommodate.

Rectangle – Rectangle rugs are the most common (and what sizes are all listed above) in bedrooms as well as queen sized bedrooms in particular. Rectangles rugs are usually placed perpendicular to the bed so that there is more space to actually step on the rug.

For more related designs see our gallery of bedroom layout ideas here.

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