Bedroom Rug Etiqettee

How to choose the correct rug for your bedroom 

Having a rug in your bedroom is an excellent idea if you have polished floorboards and desire to put your feet onto a soft texture first thing in the morning.

The most popular area rug in a bedroom is where it is placed as a ‘bed trim’ because that provides a lovely trim of soft material around the perimeter of your bed base. This is where a rectangle rug lays widthways under the bed, jutting out on both sides and the bottom of the bed. 

Often you don’t need a tailormade mat as there is flexibility in how you place the rug.

There are several options. 

Option 1: Framing the bed

The rug does not sit under the bedside tables but in front of them. There should be a small gap between the front of the bedside tables and the start of the rug on the floor. You want to leave a gap of about 20cm of visible flooring between the two.

You must do your sums to ensure you get the right size rug for this plan.

Find out the width of your headboard. Headboard, not the bed frame, because sometimes it can be a little wider than the frame itself. 

Next, find out the width of both bedside tables. You also want to allow a little wiggle room (or gap) between the bed and the side tables, say 10cm on each side of the bed, so 20cm total).

Then, add it all together:

Width of bed 167cm + bedside 50cm + bedside 50cm + wiggle room 20cm = 287cm.

Given the above, you need the rug for this bedroom to be 300cm wide. Most rugs in 300cm width come in a depth of 200cm or 250cm, which works flawlessly in terms of it coming out the end of the bed too.


Option 2: Everything On Top Of The Rug.

In this option, very little of the flooring is seen. This is where ‘everything on top’ the bed and bedside tables are all sitting on a large rug. 

This option is not often used as most people prefer to show some flooring.

Because everything is sitting on the rug, a larger rectangle or square rug is required here.

When it comes to this rug placement option, you want to see a small flooring section between the rug and the wall. You don’t want the rug hitting the walls. 

The calculation is similar to Option 1, but the depth of the rug becomes crucial as we need to ensure the bedsides fit on it too. We also want to ensure there’s ample rug out the bottom of the bed.

Firstly, the width calculation:

Width of bed 167cm + bedside 50cm + bedside 50cm + wiggle room 20cm = 287cm.

And now depth:

The depth of the bed is 220cm.

Given the above, a standard rug size of width 300cm x depth 250cm would work. However, it’s not an ideal depth. The depth of 250cm means you’re only getting 30cm of the rug at the end of your bed but much more on the sides. In this instance, a rug in a custom size would work better (something like W300cm x D270cm). This is where you would get a suitable tailormade or customised rug made.


Etiquette Area Rugs Under Dressers

Whatever the size of your bedroom or bed, an area rug should not push up against the edge or legs of a dresser or other large piece of furniture. Again you have several options. Choose a large enough rug to slip underneath the entire dresser entirely. Or, pick an area rug small enough to leave between 5 -10 centimetres of floor showing between the edge of the rug and the piece of furniture.

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