Have you ever wondered how to place an area rug under a bed? To help people with trouble placing rugs, I’ve put together a post with ideas on using them.
Area rugs are beautiful floor coverings that can add a lot of style and comfort to any room. By placing an area rug under your bed, you get the advantages of a built-in table without the downsides of having an actual table.
The rug acts as a platform for the bed and improves the aesthetics and functionality of your bedroom.
The way you place an area rug under your bed depends on the style and size of your bed. Here are a few tips and suggestions that will help you figure out how to place an area rug under a bed.
Do I Need a Rug in My Bedroom?
The bedroom is one of the most intimate rooms in any home. With style in mind, you may end up adding tons of textures and colors to your bedroom. You can bring it all together by using a rug that harmonizes the different elements in the room.
If you’re not sure whether you need a rug for the bedroom, consider these common scenarios and then decide:
The bedroom has hardwood, tile, or other hard floorings. When you step on cold hardwood every morning and night, a big fluffy rug next to your bed will feel amazing under your feet.
The furniture is a bit too far away from the wall. In most bedrooms, you will find a dresser, a chest of drawers, and at least one nightstand next to your bed. It can leave a pretty large gap between the wall and your furniture. Adding a rug can help fill that space, not look so bare.
There is no carpet in your bedroom. When you wake up in the morning, you want something soft underfoot. A rug next to your bed is the perfect solution.
You have a large bedroom with a lot of decor elements. Adding an area rug to a large master bedroom with neutral furnishings and lots of decorative items like lamps and vases can add color and texture and provide comfort and warmth.
What Furniture Goes on a Rug?
You have a wide range of options for choosing what furniture to place over your area rug.
You can choose to place all of the furniture legs on the area rug, you can choose to put all of the furniture legs off of the rug, or you could decide to place some of the furniture legs on the rug and some off.
It is entirely up to personal preference. Most interior decorators will advise you to place furniture as far away from the area rug as possible if your space is small. However, this rule is not set in stone, and ultimately it is up to you.
How to Choose a Rug Size for Bedroom?
It’s easy to choose the right size area rug for your bedroom when you know the basics. A rug under a king-size bed should extend 24 inches beyond each side of the bed, creating a border on all three exposed sides.
As you can use the same rule for a queen-size bed, but since a full or twin bed may be pushed against a wall in a smaller room, you may decide to only have two sides of the bed touch the rug. It will make your room feel more spacious and less crowded.
For example, if you have a 6×9 foot rug and a queen-size bed with sides that are 36 inches wide each, the rug’s long side should extend 18 inches on either side of the bed, and its short side should extend 9 inches at the foot of the bed.
Remember that rugs aren’t just for bedrooms; you can add color, texture, and warmth to any room with an area rug.
Common Ways to Place an Area Rug Under a Bed
Area rugs are great for adding interest, creating a focal point, and pulling the design elements of a room together. As you shop for the perfect rug for your home, keep in mind that there are many ways to place an area rug under a bed.
There are three common options for placing an area rug under a bed:
The rug is centered under the bed, with an equal amount of space around each side of the bed. It works well if the bedroom has enough floor space so that you can still walk around the edges of the rug.
It is also a good option if you frequently change the layout of your bedroom.
2. Front Feet Only
In this option, only the front feet of the bed rest on the rug. If you select a rug that only covers the front of your feet, allow it to extend beyond both sides of the bed by at least 18 inches, so you have some rug to step on as you get out of bed.
If your children love to play on the floor in their bedrooms or roll around, choose this option so they won’t be injured by tripping over a rug.
3. Full Coverage
Full coverage is the best choice if you’d like to cover up an outdated floor with an area rug. Start by measuring your room and decide which size rug makes the most sense.
Depending on the size you choose, you should place the rug in the center of the room or directly under the bed. It will give your eyes a break from looking at the floor and create an inviting atmosphere.
How to Place an Area Rug Under a Bed?
Your new area rug looks great, but it doesn’t quite fit with the bed or any other piece of furniture in the room. Don’t panic. Follow these steps to place that gorgeous area rug under a bed.
To begin with, measure the length and width of your bed, then take those measurements with you when shopping for an area rug.
After you have purchased a rug, place it beneath the center of the bed.
A rug should extend at least 18 inches on either side of the bed. If your bedroom is large enough for a rug, it should extend at least 36 inches past each side of the bed.
Put the front legs of your bed on the rug. Allow enough space between your nightstand and the edge of your bed so that when you sit down on the edge of your bed to put on shoes or socks, your legs won’t hang over the edge of the rug.
Adjust both the rug and the bed until you are happy.
Benefits of Having a Rug Under a Bed
The benefits of having a rug under your bed go far beyond just making your bedroom more attractive. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider getting a rug under your bed.
1. Extend the Life of Your Hardwood Floors
You can prevent wear and tear on your hardwood floors by placing a rug underneath your bed. It’s common for the flooring under your bed to get damaged more often because of the movement there, such as people stepping on it and furniture moving around.
2. Protect Your Feet from Cold Floors
Nothing is more unpleasant than stepping out of bed onto a freezing floor. Yes, there are shoes and slippers, but you don’t always want to wear shoes or slippers in the house. Furthermore, if you have kids or pets, they probably won’t wear slippers either.
It is possible to solve this problem by putting a rug under your bed so that your feet will not land on a cold floor when you get out of bed in the morning or any other time of the day.
3. Provide Color and Character to Your Room
A variety of colors and sizes are available to match your bedroom decor. Use a rug with a bold design or a bright color as the room’s central point.
4. Rugs are Soft and Comfortable Underfoot
It is important when you get out of bed in the morning before your feet have warmed up on their own. Crawling out onto a soft rug may be more pleasant than crawling out onto cold tile or wood floors.
5. Rugs Act as Insulators Against Sound
Rugs act as sound insulators, so you can enjoy more privacy in your bedroom if you have hard floors throughout the house.
Additionally, rugs keep your feet warm when you walk barefoot or in socks during the winter months by keeping the ground beneath your feet warm.