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How to Place a Rug Under a Bed

Placing a rug in the bedroom is a fantastic way to incorporate a soft texture, personal design, and color into your bedroom. When you place that rug beneath your bed, you not only add these stylish aspects, but you also reinforce the bed as a main focal point of the room. There are many benefits to including a rug beneath your bed, but there are some challenges as well with layout, sizing, and scaling that need to be addressed.

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  1. Do I need a Rug in My Bedroom?
  2. What Size Rug for Under the Bed
  3. How to Position a Rug Under the Bed
  4. How to Slide a Rug Under a Bed
  5. Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Rug in My Bedroom?

You certainly don’t need a rug in a bedroom, but it is common practice for many reasons. Placing a rug under your bed adds extra comfort to the sides of your bed, a soft surface to step on each morning and night, and protection for the floor itself. Plus, a rug is a unique opportunity to incorporate texture, color, and pattern in the room, so those reasons alone are enough to include a rug in the bedroom.

Queen Size Runner Rug

What Size Rug for Under the Bed

The size of your rug will vary depending on the size of your bed and where you position your rug. It is important to consider the size of the bed, nearby furniture, and the room itself to make sure that the rug is not out of visual balance with these other elements. In general, these rug sizes will balance well with the bed and the room itself.


  • If you plan on centering a rug directly beneath the bed and all the way against the wall, a 6x9 rug or a 7x9 area rug is large enough to create a comfortable space around the bed and balance with the size of the bed itself. Smaller rugs like 5x7 or 5x8 are options as well, but they will likely be set closer to the foot of the bed instead of resting all the way under the bed. 


  • Full beds also balance well with 6x9 rugs, but if you want to add extra space to the sides and ends of your full bed, 7x9 and 8x10 rugs work well. Larger rugs will be centered all the way under the bed, but some of the smaller options have various layouts closer to the foot of the bed. 


  • Overall, an 8x10 rug is perfectly suited to balance a queen bed. There are a variety of layouts you can do with a queen bed and an 8x10 rug depending on the size of your room and what furniture you have near the bed. If you have a grand bedroom with a queen bed, you can build out the area with a slightly larger rug like a 9x11 or 9x12. 


  • King beds typically balance well with 9x12 rugs, especially when that rug is placed all the way beneath the bed and is layered with neighboring nightstands. 

How to Position Rug Under Bed

Many are afraid that adding a rug to the room may damage the floor, but the opposite is true. The rug can protect the floor beneath it, but a rug pad is an additional layer of protection between your rug and floor. You need not worry about the rug pad damaging the floor either, since the material of your rug pad is designed to protect your flooring from scratching and discoloring. If your rug is placed on top of carpet, then it can cover any unsightly stains or prevent future stains from happening. In these situations, the rug pad once again acts as an extra layer of protection between the rug and flooring beneath.

Bed and Nightstands On Top of a Large Rug

  • Centering a bed on top of the rug and placing the rug entirely beneath the bed and nightstands is a great way to create one unified bedspace where the rug brings all the key focal points together in one area. The largest sizes that were described above are ideal for these situations, since they balance with the length and width of the bed and provide enough room for nightstands. 

Only Bed on Rug And Nightstands Off

  •  The large sizes listed above also work in these circumstances (like a 9x12 for a king bed or an 8x10 rug for a queen bed), but if the foot of your bed comes close to a nearby wall and you do not want the extra foot of rug, consider decreasing by one size (an 8x11 for a king or a 7x9 for a queen). This setup is a great way to differentiate the nightstands from the bed and rug but still highlight the whole area as a main focal point. 

Rug on Bottom 1/3rd of Bed

  • When a rug is placed on the bottom third of the bed, you can decrease the size by two feet on the sides and ends of the rug. So, if a 9x12 rug is recommended for a king bed, you can scale it back to a 7x10 or 8x10 rug. With this setup, you may have extra rug extending past the foot of the bed, which is ideal for rooms where you want to emphasize an open space as a comfortable standing, walking, or seating area near the foot of the bed. 

Two Runners Next to the Bed

  • These rugs are not placed under the bed, but they do run parallel to each side of the bed. They may rest all the way up to the wall, under the nightstands, or they can extend in front of the nightstands towards the foot of the bed. 3x5 runners are often used next to king and queen sized beds, but 2x6 rugs are another option if you want your nightstands to rest on the rug. 
Round rug for queen size bed

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How to Slide a Rug Under a Bed

The best way to slide a rug under a bed is to gradually roll it beneath it. Placing your bed’s legs on sliders will help make the process easier, as will having at least one friend to help lift the furniture or unroll the rug. First, place your rug about two feet from the end of your bed. Center it with the bed itself so that when it uncurls, the position will be near perfect. Then, lift the bed frame’s rear legs and begin to unroll your rug under the bed. If your rug is going all the way to the wall, move the nightstands out of the way and then lift the front legs of the bed to uncurl the rug beneath it. If you need to make any alterations, gently tug at the rug to draw it into the proper position.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a rug pad under the bed?

Rug pads are recommended even for rugs under the bed, because the rug pad acts as an extra layer of protection, soundproofing, and security beneath the rug. Plus, the portions of the rug and pad that extend past the sides of the bed will be more plush and comfortable with a rug pad extending all the way beneath the rug. 

How to place a 5x7 rug in a bedroom?

A 5x7 rug can be layered beneath a twin bed, but aside from that, you can set the rug along one side of the bed and in the middle of the room if the room itself is fairly small. If you are layering the rug with the bed, it will likely be a twin or full bed. The rug should rest under the bottom two-thirds or bottom third of the rug to balance with the bed size and the size of the room itself. 

How to place an 8x10 rug in a bedroom?

8x10 rugs work well in bedrooms with full, queen, or king sized beds. The smaller the bed, the more likely you will have the rug all the way under the bed and pressing up against the headboard’s wall. With queen or king sized beds, you can have the rug under the bottom two-thirds or half of the bed to balance the bed’s size and create a comfortable area. 

Rug pads are often an afterthought of the rug buying process, but they should be as carefully considered as the rug itself. These rug pads provide a plethora of benefits in terms of the rug’s comfort, longevity, and safety, so there are countless reasons to add one to any room of the home.


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