Using floor rugs is a great way to bring a touch of luxury to any room, and as we like to think of the bedroom as the occupants' private sanctuary, a rug can add the finishing touch. 

If you are renting your home, a rug may be the only option for improving flooring. You may not be able to change the existing floor coverings, but it’s so easy to bring your style and taste into a room with the right rug….and it might just hide a design disaster from decades gone by!

We’ve used rugs on hard floors to bring warmth, define living areas and create a sense of luxury, and they’re great in bedrooms with hard floors. After all, cold bedroom floors are not fun first thing in the morning, particularly in the colder months.

A lot of people have carpet in their bedrooms, and if you do, you can still play with rugs to create layers, or to cover up a carpet that might have seen better days. 

How do you choose the right rug for a bedroom?

Here are a few tips. 

In the bedroom, square or rectangular shapes are best.

There are 4 options to consider for the size of the rug; 

  1. The entire bed frame sitting on the rug..
  2. The entire bed furnishings sitting on the rug – bed frame, bedside tables, and a bench at the foot of your bed (if you have one) all sit completely on the rug.
  3. The lower two-thirds of the bed, plus a bench at the foot of your bed, to sit on the rug, leaving the head of your bed and bedside tables on the hard, or carpeted, floor.
  4. Or, the lower third of the bed, plus a bench at the foot of your bed, to sit on the rug, leaving most of the bed on the bare floor with more of the rug jutting out into the rest of the room. This option works best if you prefer to use a smaller-size rug over carpeting to give the room color and texture.

For us, no matter which bedroom rug coverage option you go for, we feel you have to have enough rug on either side of the bed to look luxurious and not like it was barely big enough.

In addition, whatever the size, make sure you don’t have furniture with half the legs on, and the other half off the rug, as we’re sure you will agree wobbly bedside tables could equate to spilling that morning coffee or lovely cup of tea – not fun!

If you have furniture in your bedroom, like a free-standing dresser, your rug should not push up against the legs of the furniture. In this case choose a rug size that is either going to go right under the furniture or stop just short of it by about 5 cm. Rugs bunched up on the legs, or worse, furniture balancing on the edge of a rug, is not a good look.

Think of these things when you’re choosing your rug, but also remember our earlier hints about rug size and selection. 

If your bedroom is small, go with a larger rug but still allow around 20 to 30cm gap from the rug to the wall to ensure the room doesn’t feel overcrowded. Choosing a rug that’s too small will make the room feel out of balance.

You also need to consider the ‘swing’ of the door, and make sure your rug is not going to impact opening and closing the bedroom door.  

When selecting a rug, look for one that will sits flat and not bunched up, creating a trip hazard. You can use a non-slip rug mat underneath to ensure your rug stays flat or try double sided carpet tape to keep your rug flat. 

When it comes to rug pile, remember your bedroom is your sanctuary so go for a soft pile that will cushion your feet and feel luxurious. As it’s not a high foot traffic area you can indulge yourself!  When it comes to colour or pattern, take inspiration from your bedding and furniture choices so that your rug fits with the décor and isn’t ‘yelling’ across the room. This is your sanctuary, and you want to feel calm and serene! 

Most of all, when it comes to interiors, remember to have fun in the bedroom!

June 15, 2022 — Mark McKie

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