Figuring out how to place a rug underneath your bed can be a headache, so we've taken a lot of questions from our customers and created this simple guide for everyone to follow no matter what look you're going for.

Can I Place A Rug Over Carpet?

Having wall-to-wall carpet doesn't mean you can't have a rug in your room. We recommend the exact opposite. Rugs do well when layered, and they are excellent anchoring furniture in your room, such as your bed and nightstands. You don't want your furniture to feel like it's floating in the room. Plus, they add character, texture, and comfort to the space. A low-pile carpet works best, but it can be done with a medium-pile too.


What Size Rug Goes Under The Bed?

When it comes to sizing your bedroom rug for underneath your bed, there are guides to follow based on the size of the bed. The best way to ensure your rug will look good in your bedroom is to purchase a rug that is 45-60 centimeters wider than your bed. But we've broken it down for every bed size, and we will work our way from the biggest size to the smallest. 

rug for a king bed

FOR A KING BED: A king bed is generally 183 centimetres wide by 203 centimetres long, so a 270x180cm area rug is ideal for equal space on either side of the bed. The bottom of the bed should sit on 45-60 centimetres of the rug and there should be about 45 centimetres of rug extending from each side of the bed.

FOR A QUEEN BED: A queen bed is generally 152 centimetres wide by 203 centimetres long, so purchasing a 230x160cm area rug will be most proportionate. The rug will be big enough to extend from each side of the bed, and sitting the bottom of the bed on 30 centimetres of the rug will allow it to extend outward perfectly. 

FOR A DOUBLE BED: A double-size bed is generally 137 centimetres wide by 187 centimetres long, so a 180x120cm area rug works best as it will leave 20 centimetres of rug on each side of the bed. The bottom of the bed should sit on 30-45 centimetres of the rug, leaving a good deal of rug extending from the bottom edge.

FOR A SINGLE BED: A twin bed is typically 92 centimetres wide by 188 centimetres long and does well with a 152x92cm area rug. Sit the bed on the bottom 30-60 centimetres of the rug. When it comes to smaller beds, you don't want the rug to be bigger than the bed because it will overpower the space and look unnatural.

Now, if your bed sits in the corner of the room, you could place the rug diagonally under the outermost corner of the bed. This is a creative option that can easily pull a small space together.

Are There Options I Haven't Considered?

larger rug

If you want to go a different route than mentioned above, there are a couple of options for you. Both of these options would require a larger rug than we previously quoted.

If your room is large and your rug is comprehensive, you can anchor your bed and nightstands with the rug. Meaning your nightstands could sit on top of the rug along with the bed. The rug would run from the foot of your bed to the wall beside your nightstands.

Another option is to place the rug in front of the nightstands. It is running the rug from in front of your nightstands to the foot of the bed. This aesthetically pleasing option creates shapes and lines and assists symmetry.

If you want to get even more creative, you can also consider using two rugs under the bed. This works well with a large rectangular rug and a medium-sized circular rug. It adds a lot of personality to the space and covers more floors for comfort.

What If I Want A Circular Rug Under Bed?

Circular Rug

Using a circular rug underneath a bed is a brilliant option that is creative, classy, and chic. You can use this option for either side of the bed or at the bottom edge of the bed. Either way, the rug should sit on about 30-60 centimetres of the rug. A large 250cm round rug would work well underneath a queen or king-sized bed if you're looking to use one rug. If you want to use two circular rugs on either side, you might consider a 90-150cm rug.

Are Rug Pads Essential?

Rug Pads

The simple answer is yes. Rug pads have various purposes, but one you'll enjoy is that it makes the experience underfoot more comfortable. As for the safety of you and the safety of the rug, rug pads prevent tripping and prevent your rug from bunching, which will extend the life of your rug.

The last thing you want is your rug to move when you walk on it. If it bunches, it will begin to look worn out over time. The best option is to purchase your rug pad when you buy your rug to get the correct size.

What To Do When You Get The Rug


There are a few important steps to follow before placing the rug under your bed. First, you need to clean the floor of any debris. This is just good for your health and good for your rug's life. Then you'll need to determine how you will place the rug, which you should have figured out from the guidelines we set above. Rolling up the rug can make it much easier to put it under your bed. After you raise the footboard, you can simply roll out the rug until it reaches the other side of the bed.