A rug under the bed is a beautiful way to elevate your bedroom decor. Here is how to pick the right one for your space.
- Should I Place a Rug under a Bed?
- What are the Main Guidelines for Rug Placement?
- How Do I Choose the Right Rug Size?
- Area Rug Sizes for a Small Bedroom
- Area Rug Sizes for a Large Bedroom
- Area Rugs Under Dressers
- Selecting your Rug Style and Texture
- Is a Rug Pad Necessary for all Rugs?
- Maintaining your Rug under the Bed
Creating a calming, warm, and inviting atmosphere into your bedroom is fundamental to a restful experience. As simple as it is, a tasteful area rug under your bed can help infuse much needed cosiness, texture, and sophistication into your bedroom.
Finding and installing the right size and style of area rug for your bedroom requires a few key points that you need to consider as part of your curation process.
As you embark on this fun room makeover project, below are answers to the common questions you need to cover, including rug sizes for different bedroom sizes, bed frames, rug materials and placement.
Should I Place a Rug under a Bed?
Some of you may actually wonder whether it is actually a good idea to place a rug under a bed. The simple answer is yes, it does make sense to install a rug under a bed, especially if you have a tiled, concrete, or hardwood flooring installed in your bedroom. Even bedrooms with a carpet can benefit from the extra layer of warmth an area rug offers.
In addition to helping trap much needed warmth in your bedroom, an area rug provides a soft landing for your feet both in the cold and sunny months, and it adds a layer of texture, colours, and patterns in your sleeping space.
A rug under your bed helps anchor your space and inject your own personality and style in one of the most important corners of your home.
When exploring your options, consider wool, cotton, and sheepskin rugs for their softness and natural materials such as jute, hemp, or sisal for texture and rug layering under foot.
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What are the Main Guidelines for Rug Placement?
Before venturing into investing in a rug for your bedroom, it might be worth figuring out first how you intend to place that rug in your bedroom.
Do you intend to place all your bedroom furniture on the rug? Are you simply interested in a rug that partly covers your room? What is the best rug size to choose for your space? There are different rug placement options to choose from for your bedroom
- The bed frame alone stands on the rug.
- A large rug sits underneath the whole bed frame, the bedside tables, and a bench or ottoman at the footboard end of the bed.
- Two thirds of the bed, including the end of the bed frame and a bench at the foot of the bed stand on top of the rug, leaving the head of your bed on the floor or carpet.
- An area rug sits under the foot of the bed only, leaving most of the rug visible in the room. This works well for rug and carpet layering to add colour, texture, and visual interest into a room.
You can also choose a rug that will cover an entire floor area if you fancy it. This can add depth to a bedroom and make it look a little bigger, depending on the colour, patterns, and texture you go for.
When choosing to place a rug under a bed, consider how easy it is to move the bed frame around. Heavy king size beds in solid hardwood may be very difficult to lift for a rug installation.
Also, make sure your nightstands fully sit on your bedroom rug to maintain the steadiness of items such as books or a cup of tea that will rest on them. Apply the same principle for any bench or ottoman you intend to place at the foot of your bed. Both furniture pieces must entirely stand on your chosen bedroom area rug to maintain their balance.
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How Do I Choose the Right Rug Size?
Regardless of the size of your bedroom, the general approach is to go for a slightly larger rug than your bed frame most of the time. This is because a small rug tends to only accent a tiny corner of a bedroom whereas a large rug tends to make a room feel bigger.
You will need to play around with different rug styles and sizes based on your bedroom dimensions, your bed frame, and the additional furniture pieces in your space, before you find the one that works best for you. Below are a few tips to guide you in this process.
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Area Rug Sizes for a Small Bedroom
When sourcing an area rug for a smaller bedroom, choose an option that is large enough to cover the entire bedroom floor around the bed to visually enlarge the space. Make sure you leave between 5 cm and 13 cm of bare floor space between the rug and the walls.
If one side of your bed frame is pushed to the wall to allow for more breathing space in your bedroom, it might be wise to choose a small area rug for the side of your bed that allows you to get in and out of bed to soften the landing of your feet.
Choose to layer two small rugs of different sizes and shapes to make your bedroom decor more visually appealing. For example, place a small rectangular area rug on the floor and lay a faux sheepskin rug on top of it.
Two twin size beds
Selecting the right size rug for a bedroom with two twin size beds very much depends on how close the beds are from each other. There are a few options for you to opt for. Go for a rug that almost fills the entire bed frames’ area or place the legs of the beds under a smaller area rug.
The most flexible rug size for this type of room layout measures 243 x 304 cm. This is a standard size area rug that will be easy for you to place in different positions when choosing the final placement for your bedroom rug.
Another style for you to consider when working with two twin size beds is to place the rug in the middle section between the beds. The side legs and bedside tables, or the dresser should sit on top of the rug to allow for both bedroom occupants to enjoy a rug under foot when getting out of bed.
Area Rug Sizes for a Large Bedroom
Large rugs work very well within large bedrooms, simply because they help luxuriate and make the bedrooms look more inviting, specially in the colder months. If you opt for a large rug under your bed, consider leaving at least 20 cm of space between the edges of the rug and the walls.
Before making any rug purchase, be clear about the different sizes of larger beds, especially the ones in your respective bedrooms. A queen-size bed is 152 cm wide by 203 cm long.
A king-size bed is 193 cm wide by 203 cm long. A California king-size bed measures 183 cm wide by 213 cm long.
Queen size bed
Opt for a larger rug under your bed if you want the rug to stand out as part of your decor scheme, or if you prefer all your important furniture pieces, including your bedside tables and the bench at the foot of the bed, to sit upon the rug.
A standard rug size of 243 x 304 cm will perfectly sit under a queen size bed. This will ensure that all the bed legs stand firmly on the rug.
King size bed
For king size beds, the preferred option is to go for a large rug, budget permitting. A rug size measuring about 274 x 365cm will work well for king size beds.
A rug best fitted for queen size beds of about 243 x 304 cm will be just about right for a king size bed as well. Any rug smaller than that will make it almost impossible for your nightstands and any other furniture to rest on the rug under the bed.
Area Rugs Under Dressers
If you have a dresser in your bedroom, select a rug that is large enough to comfortably rest underneath the entire dresser.
Alternatively, opt for an area rug that is small enough to allow for a minimum of 5 cm or 7 cm of floor space to separate the edge of the rug from the dresser.
Regardless of your bedroom size, never place a rug that pushes against a dresser or any other large furniture piece in your bedroom. This helps minimise potential accidents in your room as a result of a badly positioned rug under the bed.
Selecting your Rug Style and Texture
Rugs come in different sizes, styles, materials, textures, and pile heights. The best quality area rugs for bedrooms have high piles, luxurious handmade wool, silk blends, sumptuous cotton, sheepskin, and faux fur textures.
To create a layering effect, especially in a boho inspired bedroom, area rugs made of textured natural materials such as hemp, jute, sisal, and banana leaves are sometimes added on the bedroom floor.
Alternatively, these natural textures are blended with softer materials such as silk, cotton, and wool to improve the durability of the standard bedroom rug that experiences a high level of traffic.
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Is a Rug Pad Necessary for all Rugs?
A rug pad is very useful for area rugs that will rest in the centre of a room or in an area where your furniture will not be standing on the rug. It helps to maintain the steadiness of your rug and serves as a safety measure when standing on the rug.
If you intend to place your area rug under the bed, you can opt to skip the rug pad or grip tape because the feet of your bed frame will help steady the rug and keep it flat on the floor.
This is particularly the case with heavily built queen size and king size bed frames where the entire bed will rest on the rug.
If your bedroom area rug will simply sit alongside your bed frame free from any furniture pieces, then it is wise to invest in a non-slip rug pad to maintain your rug in place.
Typically a rug pad is very helpful on concrete, tiled, and hardwood floors. A padded non-slip version can add additional softness under your feet and diffuse the noise of your feet as well.
Maintaining your Rug under the Bed
Keep your rug brand new with the right level of maintenance. An area rug will become indented under the weight of a bed over time. Place an ice cube over the indentation and turn your area rug every so often to restore its flat and soft position on the floor.
Allow the small ice cube to melt on the indentation, then pass your fingers over the wet area to fluff your rug fibres back to their normal shape once the water resulting from the ice cube has dried up. Use a vacuum cleaner to dry the indented spot after the ice cube treatment.