When you wake up, the last thing you want is to start your day by getting out of a warm bed and onto a cold floor. A beautiful and well-chosen carpet will add a little warmth to your morning and a touch of elegance to your bedroom. But after finding the perfect rug, do you know how to position it under your bed properly?
There are three ways to put the rug under the bed – position the bed and all of the bedside furniture onto the rug, position the rug under the two-thirds of the bed with a gap between the rug and the nightstands, or position the rug under only the bottom third of the bed.
In this article, I’ll describe how to position the rug under your bed. I’ll also explain what size the rug should be and how to choose the right one for your bedroom.
Sizing and Layout Rules for Putting a Rug Under a Bed
When choosing the right carpet, it’s important to measure.
The size of your bed, your nightstands, and your end of bed bench or ottoman, if you have it, all affect the size of the rug.
Here are the three ways the rug can be positioned under the bed:
1. All Aboard the Rug
This is the best option if you choose a large carpet.
All the furniture, including the bed, nightstands, and the bench or an ottoman, should be on top of the rug.
From the edge of the bed (or the bench, if you have one), there should be at least 10 inches (25 cm) to the edge of the rug, or even more.
Keep in mind that this is a perfect ensemble for a large room because a small room might look a little crowded with a huge rug.
2. Two-Thirds of the Way Under
If you choose this layout, two-thirds of the bed and the bench will be positioned on the rug – the upper legs of the bed and the nightstands will not.
There should also be a 10 inch (25 cm) gap between the rug and the nightstands, and there should be at least 10 inches (25 cm) of the rug between the edge of the bench or the bed to the edge of the carpet.
3. One-Third of the Way Under
When you choose to position a rug this way, only the lower one-third of the bed and the bench or an ottoman are on it.
Keep in mind that there should be at least 10 inches (25 cm) of the rug visible on all three sides of the bed.
Here is how big the rug needs to be when positioned in all three layouts for the king size bed, queen size bed, full bed, and twin beds:
1. King Size Bed
If you choose to put the bed and the bedside furniture on the rug, the perfect size rug should be 9 feet with 12 feet (2.7 m times 3.6 m).
If the lower two-thirds of the bed and the bench are on the rug, the perfect size is 8 feet with 10 feet (2.4 m times 3m).
If the last option, one-third of the bed and the bench on the rug, fits you best, the rug size should be 6 feet with 9 feet (1.8 m times 2.7 m).
2. Queen Size Bed
When it comes to the queen size bed, the measurements are somewhat smaller.
For the first method, the size of the rug needs to be 8 feet with 10 feet (2.4 m times 3 m).
This way, all the furniture will fit on the rug while still leaving some spare space for walking on it.
For the second method, with the rug under the bottom two-thirds of the bed and the end of the bed bench, the rug needs to be 6 feet with 9 feet (1.8 m times 2.7 m).
For a smaller room and the third option with the rug being under the lower third of the bed and under the bench, the size of the rug should be 5 feet with 8 feet (1.5 m times 2.4 m).
3. Full Bed or Twin Beds
If you have a full bed or twin beds, it’s best to place the bed entirely on top of the rug, and the ideal rug size would be 6 feet with 9 feet (1.8 m times 2.7 m) or 6 feet times 12 feet (1.8 m times 3.6 m) for two twin beds.
If the bed is in the corner of the room, the best way to place the rug is all the way up to the wall.
Keep the Size of the Room in Mind
When choosing the size of the rug, take into account the size of the room itself – the bigger the room, the bigger the carpet – that way, your carefully picked rug won’t get lost and can still be a statement piece.
The size of the rug can make your bedroom seem smaller or larger – if you pick a rug that is too small, the room might feel like it lacks warmth and doesn’t offer the cozy and inviting feeling a bedroom should.
On the other hand, from a visual standpoint, don’t go too large – pick a rug that is not wall-to-wall, as this can make the room look smaller and overcrowded.
Choosing the right rug for your bedroom is so important – it can bring warmth to your room, both actual and visual, and make your sanctuary from everyday life even cozier.
To pick the right one, just follow the rules about the sizing and the layout taking into account both the size of the room and of the bed – a rug that is too small will be lost in the space, while one that is too big will make the room seem crowded and smaller than it is.
And remember, the carpet can also be a form of art as much as a picture on a wall, so make sure it’s always visible.
Cheers, tools owners!