10 Inspiring Rug Layout Ideas to Help You Break Out of a Bedroom Decorating Funk

updated Jun 8, 2023
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Your bedroom should be the comfiest room in the house if it’s where you go to rest and recharge. Blankets, bedding, and your mattress will get you 90 percent of the way there, but the last 10 percent of cozy is earned with a just-right rug

When buying a rug,  you want an option that’s both soft to walk on and serene to look at: one that keeps the noise down and the style high. Above all though, you also want a rug that’s perfectly placed in your personal space. Turns out plenty of configurations can work, even for a small bedroom, depending on the size of the room and the look you’re trying to achieve. If you’ve ever been at a loss as to how to style a rug in a bedroom with wood or tiled floors (or you just want to give your wall-to-wall a little facelift), hopefully, you’ll find a solution among these eight smart area carpet layout ideas. 

Tips for Achieving the Perfect Bedroom Layout

If you’re going to add a rug to your bedroom, you want to make sure you get it right so it looks beautiful and cohesive. Here are some of our favorite tips for properly placing a rug in a bedroom.

  • Be sure to find the right size rug. A tiny rug in a huge bedroom will look just as odd as a huge rug in a small bedroom. 
  • Use several smaller rugs. Runners and other smaller shaped rugs can be placed together to ensure you have rug coverage exactly where you want it. And bonus – smaller rugs are often significantly cheaper than large ones. 
  • Don’t be afraid to layer rugs. A contrasting pattern, a sheepskin or even a rug on top of a sisal rug all make great layering ideas.

1. Under your desk

Design experts will tell you that any seating area needs a rug in order for it to feel “finished,” and that includes an office space that’s part of your bedroom. Take a cue from this Buenos Aires bedroom and include a small rug under your desk in your bedroom. 

2. In front of the dresser

An overlooked high-traffic area in your bedroom is the spot in front of your dresser. In addition to key clothing items, many people store things like jewelry, perfume and even their wallet on top of their dresser. That’s why a runner can be a great bedroom rug placement. Below are two great examples. 

3. The anchor

Placing a large rug horizontally under your bed is a design move that’s sure to bring extra warmth to a spacious room. By pushing the rug all the way up against the wall, you’ll not only ground the bed frame, but you’ll also makes your side tables and accessories look like they’re hanging together, too.

If you have a queen- or king-sized bed, you’ll need a rug that’s at least 8-feet by 10-feet to achieve this look. Remember to factor in the width of your nightstands and whether the rug has a border or not before deciding what size to order. When in doubt, bigger is always better for this particular layout.

Credit: Daniel Boggi

4. Half-on, half-off

Pull the rug under your bed away from the wall so the night stands sit directly on the floor, and you can save a little cash by choosing a medium size rug (think  5-foot by 8-foot, give or take) while still enjoying the visual glory of a grounded bed frame. 

Before you skimp a tiny bit with this trick though, consider the size and shape of your bedroom. If it’s rectangular, choosing a larger size might be worth it because you can cover more of the frequently-traveled floor space in front of the bed, keeping your feet warm as you walk around the room while protecting your existing flooring from wear and tear.

5. Symmetrical split

Want to step out of bed onto something soft and cozy without covering up too much of your flooring? Flank your bed with runners or small area rugs to strike a balance. To pull off this look, slide each runner up to the side of the bed so it doesn’t look too floaty in space. Keep in mind that without furniture to physically hold the rug down, it will shift around on the floor easily. So do yourself a favor, and choose a grippy-style rug pad to hold it in place. You also might consider stashing carpet tape in your nightstand drawer, so you’re sure your rugs are always safe and secure.

6. At the foot

On a budget? One small rug at the foot of your bed is really all you need, and you will need it there if you have a bench or seating you wish to keep from sliding around when you pull on the covers in the middle of the night. To make the most of a smaller style, go for a bold pattern that catches the eye or try a round or unique shape to balance a boxy bed frame.

Credit: Caley Kevlin

7. Right in front

If your room is on the long and narrow side, you can upgrade to a full-size area rug for the space in front of the bed frame. Visually, this helps define a larger space by creating two zones. Audibly, this setup dampens more sound so you can sleep without being woken by your partner changing or your dog pacing around the foot of the bed.

8. Opposite the bed

When your bed is tucked into a corner, placing a medium-sized rug adjacent to it can make the room feel wider and more sophisticated, at least in comparison to the lonely “rug island in the middle of the room” alternative. For apartment dwellers in particular, this layout is also a great way to cover up old or cold flooring, since it can help disguise a large surface area. 

Credit: Hattie Kolp

9. Doubled up

From interesting shapes to complementary patterns to contrasting textures, layering rugs in a bedroom makes so much decorative sense, particularly if you’re more of a maximalist.  To nail the look, start with a larger rug layout (like the anchor or half on, half off layout configurations) then add a smaller rug layout idea (like the at the foot or the symmetrical split) on top of it. When in doubt, throw down a small sheepskin as your top layer. Everybody likes walking on what feels like clouds. Everybody. 

10. To a “t”

Last but not least, what do you get when you put one-half of the symmetrical split and the right in front layout ideas together? A t-shaped (or l-shaped, depending on how long your rugs are) configuration can be quite striking, especially if you choose something bold in pattern and color, just like the red carpets shown here. As is the case with some of the other ideas discussed above, this can be a great strategy if you’re looking for maximum noise absorption in a noisy apartment, for example, or if your original flooring is in serious disrepair, and you want to cover a lot of surface area.