If you’re thinking about bringing a new rug into your bedroom or are looking to elevate your sleeping space, it’s time to think about what size rug to put under your bed. A queen bed is the most common mattress size and will be the standard throughout this article for measurements.
Why Does Rug Size Matter in Bedrooms?
When it comes down to it, rug size and shape can really change the entire atmosphere of a room. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a brand new rug into your space or are seeking to finally get the right-size rug for your bedroom, getting the correct rug size for your room is key. Let’s look at a brief breakdown of what kinds of rugs go best with queen size beds and what you should be looking for as you search for the perfect rug for your bedroom.
Living room rugs are different from bedroom rugs, runners, and mudrooms or entryways. The smaller the room and space, the smaller the rug is needed. With bedroom spaces — since they tend to be larger than hallway spaces, but not always as spacious as a living room — there’s some room to play around with rug sizing.
Not only that, but you can decide whether you want your entire queen bed atop a rug, or if you are interested in your rug only being partially incorporated into the space, like at the foot of the bed.
What Size Rug Should I Put Under a Queen Bed?
There’s nothing worse than a rug that’s too small for a space, but when it comes to selecting a bedroom rug it’s about not only balancing the rug size with the bed but in relation to your bedroom as well. With queen size beds being the most popular bed size, there are a host of rugs that will fit under a queen bed but what you want to make sure is that you’re selecting one with an adequate amount of space on either side of the bed.
Another important factor to consider when selecting a rug is its color and pattern: how will you incorporate your rug into an existing pattern or colorway in your room? Alternatively, are you going to introduce a pop of color or transformative pattern into your bedroom with this new addition of a rug? Let’s look at what sizes you might consider for a rug under a queen bed.
5x7 Rug Size
If you are looking to bring in a rug at the foot of your bed, a rug that is 5x7’ feet will work perfectly. For a queen-size bed, you will have a bit of space between the bed and the edge of the rug, and you can style this rug in one of two ways.
Either the rug can be placed partially underneath the bed, with three-quarters of the rug underneath the bed or you can simply place the rug at the foot of the bed. There will still be ample room (if you choose to incorporate the rug partially underneath the bed) to view the rug’s design around the bed’s periphery.
6x9 Rug Size
The 6x9 foot rug has a bit more room to play with, while not being an overwhelming size for a smaller bedroom. If you choose this size, you can partially place this rug underneath the bed, while still getting around 1.5 feet of rug space around a queen-size bed. This rug is also a great size for being placed at the foot of the bed, or in front of it.
8x10 Rug Size
The largest of the three rug sizes, the 8x10 is perfect for a king, queen, or any bed size in your bedroom. With a significant amount of space between the bed and the edge of the carpet — approximately 2 feet for a queen bed — you will have ample room around your bed. This size is also perfect for incorporating side tables, as this rug size will comfortably fit two bedside tables in addition to the bed.
3x5 Rug Size
Don’t be fooled by this smaller rug size. 3x5 rugs are deceptively exciting, as they can be placed in bedrooms on either side of a bed. These smaller rugs work well in bedrooms that might be on the smaller side, where the priority is to create comfort and cohesion across the room’s design elements. A 3x5 rug is also perfect if you are looking to bring asymmetry into your bedroom, and want to incorporate multiple patterns or colorways on either side of your bed.
Is Placing a Rug on Carpet Okay?
The short answer is: probably no. Rugs should always rest on top of their rug pad to prevent any type of slipping or sliding. If your bedroom is fully carpeted, you’re better off decorating with area rugs in another room or hallway space. All Tumble rugs come with a rug pad; such pads are absolutely essential to providing the right amount of support underfoot.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re looking to create comfort or build a more cohesive colorway across your bedroom, it’s critical that you find the right rug for your space. When it comes down to it, choosing the right rug is so important because the sizing, spacing, and dimensional cohesion between the bedroom and rug bring the entire room together.
Remember, there’s nothing worse than a rug that’s too small for your space. It’s important to select an area rug that gives enough room around the bed to establish a spatial relationship, while also being mindful of your room size. When in doubt, select larger rather than smaller, and build connections between the color and patterns of the rug with your bed.