How to Place a Rug in a Bedroom (5 Placement Options)

Updated on March 25, 2022

You might be wondering, how do I place a rug in my bedroom? The most used options available to you are presented in this post.

There are several different types of rugs that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with. Before worrying about how to best position a rug in a bedroom, you’ll need to decide on the size, style, shape, material, pattern, and even pile height.

The shape and size is most important. Experts typically recommend either a rectangular or square rug shape for most bedrooms. 8′ x 10′ and 8′ x 12′ are the two most common sizes.

If your bedroom is on the smaller side, then you’ll want to keep your rug at the foot of the bed or under it. For those with a larger bedroom, you’ll want to place your rug under the bed or use it as means to accentuate the furniture in your room.

Rug Placement

Putting your bedroom rug in the right spot might seem tricky. Here are several locations in the room where a rug would go great.

1. Bedside Rug

If you don’t want a large rug or have your bed near a wall on one-side, then keep your rug on the other side of the bed. Although it’s not common, this can be a great technique for a large bedroom or a way to position furniture in the room.

In a smaller room, the bed on one-side would serve as the focal point of the room.

2. The Foot of the Bed

Keeping a rug at the foot of your bed might be exactly what you’re looking for. This is one of the most common spots for a rug in the bedroom.

Master bedroom with large rug


  • The rug should extend at least 12 to 18 inches on each side of the bed for the best look.
  • If the rug is wider than the bed, place the rug at the foot of it.

3. Near the Fireplace

If you have a fireplace in your bedroom, consider placing a rug at least 2 feet away from it, to prevent any risk of smoldering embers igniting the rug. This applies to most types of fireplaces.

A shaggy throw rug can be quite comfortable to lounge upon and stare at the fire.

4. Under the Bed

Assuming you have hardwood floors and a large enough rug, you might want to place it under the bed. After all, if you have hardwood floors, you probably don’t want to expose your feet to its cold touch every morning. Similar to Goldilocks, you want it just right.


  • You can place about 6 to 18 inches of the rug under the bed and leave 18 to 24 inches on both sides of the bed.
  • You can place the rug at an angle; an oblique angle is a popular choice.
  • Place around three-quarters of the rug under the bed, this works well for large bedrooms.

5. Layering Rugs

Another great option for rugs in your bedroom is to buy several and layer them. You can layer them at the foot of the bed, under it, or throughout the room.

Layering rugs is a well-known technique among interior designers.


  • Place any lighter-hued rug underneath any bolder-hued rugs to maximize visual impact.

Best Rug Placement for You

Cozy beige bedroom with round rug

Choosing the perfect rug and its position will depend greatly on its size and the size of your bedroom. You’ll need to know the size of your room and the size of the rug.

Plan out and visualize how you want the rug in your bedroom as no one wants to haul furniture around all day in a vain attempt to achieve their poorly planned artistic vision. Finding the ideal spot to place a rug in your bedroom can be a process.

After all, who hasn’t tried to demonstrate their Feng Shui abilities and flair for interior design and decorating?