How to Decide the Size of a Runner Rug


Runner rugs serve both decorative and functional purposes. The rugs can be used to draw the eye along the length of a hallway or entryway, but they also offer a functional protection for high-traffic areas of your home along frequent walking paths. There is no perfect size for runner rugs, as the size of your room or hall needs to be considered in the decision. Use the size of the area you are covering to decide on a runner rug size.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Measure the area where you want to place the runner, with a tape measure.

  • Draw a sketch of the area on a piece of paper with a pencil. marking the measurements along the sides of the area drawn. Draw a rough image of the ideal size for a runner. Try to leave a border of bare floor between the runner and each surrounding wall.

  • Estimate the length and width of the rug you drew. If the width of your space is between 3 and 5 feet, a 2 1/2-foot width will leave an appropriate amount of bare floor exposed on either side. Choose a 3-foot width for rooms wider than 5 feet. Choose a length that will leave 1 to 2 feet on either end of the runner. Lengths of runners are commonly available from 6 to 24 feet.


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