Bedroom rugs

How To Choose A Rug Under Your Bed

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Jul 16, 2023

Placing a rug under your bed can do wonders for your room. A rug can beautifully complement a king or queen size bed.

The addition of an area rug to your bedroom is a simple and accessible way to elevate your room. But how do you choose the right rug size under your bed? Let’s go over a few points.

If, however, you prefer to avoid all the reading and immediately start previewing rugs under your bed instead - do this:

Go to

1. Upload a picture of your room showcasing a bed.

2. Indicate your desired rug location.

3. Browse through the rugs displayed within your room.

4. Choose one that catches your eye and investigate it further.

You can avoid the floor’s unpleasant chill on a frosty winter’s morning by simply adding a rug beneath your bed. Still, the question remains – how exactly do you choose the right rug size under your bed? There are no rules - only guidelines.



Home décor expert Michelle Ullman suggests beginning with a simple question: what should sit on the area rug? There are four general options to place a rug under your bed:

1. Place only the full bed frame on the rug

2. Place the entire bed frame, nightstands and an end-of-bed bench on the rug

3. Place only the bottom two-thirds of your bed and bed bench on the rug

4. Place only the bottom third and bed bench on the rug

Having considered your placement options, you can move on to the burning question – choosing the best rug size for your bed.

Small Bedrooms

In a small bedroom, you can opt for two runner rugs next to your bed.

Alternatively, choose a large area rug that covers most (but not all) of your space. Ensure you leave 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12 cm) of bare floor between your rug and the walls. This will help you create the illusion of a larger room. 

A twin-size bed usually measures about 39 inches wide by 75 inches long (100 by 190 cm), with a twin XL measuring 80 inches long (203 cm).

A full-size bed, or standard double bed, generally measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long (137 by 190 cm).

Taking this into account, let’s look at some guidelines to follow depending on the size of your bed in a small bedroom:

  • 4x6 or 5x8 rugs will only fit under the bottom two-thirds of your bed
  • 6x9 area rugs will be able to fit the entire bed, nightstand and an end-of-bed bench
  • 9x12 area rugs will be able to accommodate two twin size beds, one nightstand and two benches at the end of each bed

Large Bedrooms

For larger bedrooms, you want to choose a rug that is size-appropriate. Choosing a rug that is too small will make your bedroom appear unbalanced. For larger bedrooms with larger rugs, leave at least 8 inches (20 cm) of bare floor between your rug and the walls to maintain harmony.

Larger bedrooms typically house queen-size or king-size beds. Queen size beds typically measure 60 inches wide and 80 inches long (152cm x 202cm), while standard king beds are 76 inches wide and 80 inches long (193 x 203 cm). California king beds are longer, measuring 72 inches wide and 84 inches long (183 x 213 cm).

  • 8x10 or 9x12 rugs will fit the lower two-thirds of your queen or king bed, but not your nightstands. This is a great rug size and placement for your king or queen bed
  • 10x14 rugs will work great under a king bed, being able to accommodate accompanying nightstands too
  • 12x15 area rugs will accommodate your full California King bed and your nightstands



    Now that we’ve gone over a couple of popular rug sizes under beds, remember one important tip: always allow at least 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) of rug extend past the sides of your bed. This will guarantee the best result in terms of both aesthetic and comfort.



    How Should I Choose A Rug Size Under My Bed?

    It can be difficult to choose a rug for under your bed since you need to be confident that the color, thickness, and style are all ideal for your room. Use DressMyCrib's Augmented Reality "See Rug in Your Room" feature to see bedroom rugs for your own queen bed so you can be sure of your decision.

    What Stores Or Platforms Sell Different Rug Sizes Under Beds?

    Nowadays, it is easy to find many different sized area rugs at all price ranges for your bed. You can use DressMyCrib's rug-visualizer to help you choose and then shop for them online from retailers like Amazon, Wayfair, Target, Ikea, and Walmart. With just a phone, you can preview any rug anywhere in your room - completely free!