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All About Rug Placement in the Bedroom: A Design Guide

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Picture your bedroom, whether it's a master bedroom as vast as the sky or a small guest room resembling a cozy cabin– warmth is what makes it feel like home. It's all about setting the scene with thoughtful decor choices to create that cozy vibe. From the color of your walls to the bedding you snuggle up in, and don't forget about that rug!

Yes – the rug! While it might appear as just another piece of decor, designers understand its power and versatility. A well-chosen rug has the ability to tie a room together, delineate the space, and infuse it with both color and warmth.

In this blog, we will help you channel your inner designer with expert tips and ideas for creative rug placement in a bedroom.

The Basics of Bedroom Rug Placement

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Rug placement in bedroom follows some basic thumb rules. These principles are mostly grounded in balancing the size of the rug with the proportion of a room. Here are some fundamentals to get started:

Size of Rug

For an elegant and harmonious look, choose a bedroom rug that complements the size of your bed. Rug placement under the bed is a popular choice, ensuring it extends a few inches beyond all sides. This not only anchors the space but also offers added comfort as you step in and out of bed.

Shape of Rug

Since the beds are mostly rectangular in shape, it is recommended to go with square and rectangular rugs. However, always be open to experimenting! Incorporating circular rugs can soften straight lines and accentuate the overall warmth of a space. Abstract shapes work, too, especially for beds in corners, adding that special touch to your bedroom.

Consider Proportion

In a guest bedroom featuring twin beds, consider positioning a smaller rug between them. A 4 x 6-foot rug would fit well in this space. Conversely, for master bedroom setups with king or queen-sized beds, opt for larger rug sizes like 9x12 feet or 8x10 feet for a balanced look. If your bedroom has specific dimensions, custom rugs can always be tailored to meet your needs.

Choosing the Right Rug: Material, Texture, and Pattern

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Once you've settled on the technical aspects like size, shape, and proportion, it's time to focus on the aesthetics. 'What material should I choose?" or "Does this rug color complement my room?" We understand these questions, and we're here to provide you with answers!

Material & Texture

Warmth is essential in a bedroom to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, even for those who prefer minimalist styles. So, choose rugs with texture. For instance, think of adding boucle fabric or wool to your aesthetics. If you are allergic, go for hypoallergenic materials like cotton, or if you’re craving to include some rustic vibes, go with the jute rugs. 

Pattern & Color

Select a rug color that harmonizes with your room's overall aesthetic. Given its significant visual presence, a rug can serve as the accent piece to unify the room's color scheme or inject a vibrant splash of color. Aim for a rug that closely matches the dominant color in the room; for instance, if your walls boast a soft blue hue, opt for a rug in a similar shade. This approach fosters a cohesive and soothing ambiance.

Decor Style

Try to sync your rug with your decor style. When the rug harmonizes with the decor style, it creates a sense of visual cohesion and unity throughout the space. This helps establish a balanced and well-designed environment that feels comfortable and inviting. For instance, a boho room will find its match in persian rugs while minimalist settings are best paired with flat-weave solid colored rugs.

Area Rug Placement in the Bedroom: Defining Spaces

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Did you know rugs can be used to delineate specific zones within a bedroom? Since rugs create visual contours, they can separate spaces without actually creating physical boundaries. These types of rugs are identified as Area rugs, which are decorative floor coverings typically smaller in size than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Area rugs help mark out areas without detracting from the space's openness. For instance, if you have a cozy reading nook, a circular rug can demarcate the library zone. Even the door of your walk-in closet can be better delineated with a rug. 

Let us navigate some Area rug placement ideas to help you specify ‘zones’ in your bedroom for maximum space optimization.

Under a bed

Place a rug partially or fully under the bed as a soft landing for your feet when you get out of your bed. You can either opt for a rug that extends beyond the sides and foot of your bed or choose a small one that sits at the foot of your bed. 

At seating area

Choose a rug that matches the colors of your room and place it beneath your seating furniture, like a loveseat, armchair, or chaise lounge. This will help define the seating area and give a sense of cohesion to the furniture arrangement. It also adds to the overall style of your bedroom, enhancing its aesthetic appeal.

Runner rugs

If your bedroom is narrow and long, consider using a runner rug along one side or at the foot of the bed to add visual interest and break up the space. This can also help protect the flooring in high-traffic areas.

Care and Maintenance: Keeping Your Bedroom Rug Pristine

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Rugs can be as cheap or as expensive as one wants. From handwoven artistic pieces to machine-made commercial rugs– no matter what graces your home, you must maintain it with care and an extra bit of love.

Vacuum Regularly:

Clean your rug with a vacuum at least once a week to keep dirt and dust at bay. This will also reduce your dry cleaning bills.

Rotate Your Rugs:


Using the same rug over a prolonged period of time can damage it and cut down its lifespan. Instead, replacing and rotating rugs semi-annually will do the trick.

Spot Cleaning: 

If accidental spills happen, deal with them promptly! Do not wait for the rug to be sent for dry-cleaning because by then, the stain will set into the fibers of your rug. The best way to clean a stained rig is to use a towel or tissue to first soak out as much liquid as possible. This process is followed by cleaning the stain with a mild detergent or cleaner, as prescribed on the rug label. Lastly, keep in mind that you should never rub the stain — only makes it worse!

Professional Deep Cleaning/ Dry Cleaning:  

Consider hiring rug cleaners or opting for dry cleaning services to give your rugs a spa day every 6-12 months. Remember, the frequency of professional cleaning can be extended if you regularly maintain your rugs and keep them clean.

Use Rug Pads: 

While this is more of a precaution than a maintenance tip, it is worth mentioning that using rug pads is essential to ensure the safety of everyone in the house. Rug pads can prevent slipping and sliding accidents, especially if you have a thin rug. 

Trim Loose Threads: 

Trim any loose threads or fringes along the edges of your rug to prevent them from unraveling further. However, be careful not to cut into the rug's fibers while doing so.

Striking a Perfect Balance of Practical Aesthetic: Ideal Rug Placement 

Bedrooms serve as personal retreats, tailored to reflect the comfort and style preferences of the occupant. Choosing the perfect rug plays a pivotal role in achieving both comfort and personal flair. We hope that our ideas and tips have already given you enough inspiration to start your shopping for bedroom rugs!

If you are ready to spruce up your bedroom but don’t know where to start, connect with experts at ali & shea. With years of experience, we aim to transform clients' homes into personalized havens.

Harness our full interior design service team and start your journey to transform your dream abode today!


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