How to Pick the Best Rugs for a Bedroom

How to Pick the Best Rugs for a Bedroom

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Nobody wants to the wake up to cold bedroom floors in the morning. Why not make it easier to get out of bed in the mornings by putting down an area rug that's large enough to give your feet a soft landing and works seamlessly with the rest of your bedroom decor. Even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting, you can layer on a cozy area rug under your bed to add color, texture, and warmth to your bedroom. To make sure your area rug is well-proportioned for your size bed, keep reading below on how to pick the right rug for your bedroom.

When decorating a home, a rug is a statement piece that can pull all of the elements together...or make a room feel strangely not-quite-right. A well-positioned rug can help define a bedroom area and add depth and warmth to the space. 

What is the Best Material Rug For the Bedroom?

There are so many options out there to choose from so we get it and we're here to help. Our number one recommendation would be to look for wool rugs and in particular plush, thick wool rugs. This is great opportunity to showcase a shaggy rug, or a plush overly thick wool rug you've been eyeing. 

Our second recommendation for a what material to use in your bedroom rug would be a viscose or viscose blended rug. Viscose material has a beautiful suttle sheen to it so it really dresses up the bedroom nicely. These tend to be more fragile rugs which is why we would not recommended in areas like your dining or living room due to the amount of traffic and accidents that could occur. More unlikely for that to happen in your bedroom which why viscose is great option for bedroom rugs! 

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What Size Rug For the Bedroom?

  • Rug doesn’t extend nightstands
  • Leave at least 8” of space open
  • Typical rug size for a queen bed is 8' x 10'


  • At least 8” between nightstands and rug
  • At least 12" of rug at end
  • Typical rug size for a king bed is 9' x 12' 


Another component Emmerling takes into consideration when finding the best rug size is this: Where would you be barefoot the most? Rugs add style to a room, but they also add comfort, which might be the most important thing when it comes to the bedroom.

For bedrooms, you’re very often barefoot around the sides and end of your bed, so that’s the exact space your rug should cover. That way, when you wake up on a cold January morning, your feet say hello to a warm, cozy rug, not the cold hardwood.

Generally, the size of the bed helps determine the size of the rug. If your bedroom is extremely large or an unusual shape, you can opt for the 2-foot rule, the “where am I going to be barefoot” guideline, or our rug sizes guide.

Rug Size for King Bed

The rug should cover at least 2 feet around the bed and extend out to the ends of your nightstands. Ideally, the rug will reach to the far end of the nightstands, but if it stops at around the halfway point of your bedside tables, that will also look fine. Usually, a 9’ x 12’ rug works great for a king bed.

Rug Size for Queen Bed

For a queen bed, it’s still best for the rug to reach from under the bed all the way to the near edge (the edge closer to the bed) of your nightstands. The rug should also extend out from the foot of the bed by 2-3 feet. An 8’ x 10’ rug would give great coverage for a queen bed, though you could get away with using a 6’ x 9’ if you don’t mind a little more exposed flooring.

Rug Size for Full Size Bed

A room with a full size bed has two great options. 

1. Use a 6’ x 9’ rug under the bed that extends to the nightstands. 
2. Use two runner rugs on the sides of the bed. The runner rugs won’t go under the bed, but they’ll fully cover the length of both sides of the bed. These smaller rugs (likely 3’ x 5’ or a runner) would line up with the nightstands. Another option: place a runner or 3’ x 5’ rug at the foot of the bed, and leave the sides of the bed rug-free.