Runners High: The Versatile Rug for Your Home’s Trickiest Spaces

updated Jul 16, 2020
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It’s likely there has come a time that you mulled over the purchase of an area rug for the more obvious spots in your house like your living room or bedroom, but what about those other spaces where an 8×10 won’t do the trick? Your hallways and narrow kitchens and bathrooms need some love, too!

These long and narrow weaves are the best way to inject your design sensibility into those trickier areas; add a little whimsical flair with a jazzy pattern or keep things clean and streamlined with a chic minimal offering like jute. Honestly, the options are endless when it comes to these slender beauties. Check out some of our finds that range from “Whoa! What a steal” to “Totally worth the splurge!”


They say you can’t go wrong with denim and it looks like that even applies to your runner. This 5-star rated rug is machine washable, handcrafted and super stylish.

If you’re looking for something quite narrow for that tight hallway or bathroom of yours, this wool runner from Target is a great contender (both for style and price).

Add a little au natural texture to your floors with this top-rated jute runner. It comes in six colors, but our favorite is this neutral classic.

This chic geometric runner really kicks up the typical, natural vibe associated with jute. The black and white color scheme is super modern, and the fringe edge adds a touch of boho.

One of Serena & Lily’s most iconic graphic prints makes its way onto organic cotton and really makes a stylish impact as a long runway er, I mean runner.

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This steal doesn’t sacrifice luxury for its affordable price. From Lulu & Geoergia, the geometric beauty is 100% wool and hand-tufted to give it an extra dose of plush luxury.

Handmade. Reversible. Affordable. What else do you need in a runner? How about super chic, too? Shown here in an area rug (as no photo was available of the runner), other sizes are available, as well.

This whimsical runner feels like its been passed down for generations with its hand-embroidered crewel technique—a timeless winner that won’t break the bank.

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Authentically made-to-order in India, this traditional stunner gets a modern jolt of pep through a sophisticated color palette and plush footing.

Oh-so soft, silky threads under your toes….Yes please! This handwoven, overdyed beauty is the result of centuries-old techniques and certainly worth the splurge

Finding a 40-year-old rug that is both classic and has a modern touch (like those splashes of neon) feels sort of like a decor unicorn. The Jalyn runner may be the priciest runner on this list, but it sure is special, don’t you think?