Answered by Katherine BroomeJuly 22, 2021
Putting rugs in your bedroom is a great way to break up the space, and to add some décor that screams "me". There are three common rug sizes: 5 x 8, 8 x 10, and 9 x 12. Today we will be looking at how those will do underneath the most common bed sizes - twin, full, queen, and king.
Fitting a Rug Under a Twin Bed
A twin bed is 38” x 75”, which is roughly 3' x 6.25’, making it the smallest of the beds on this list. Because of its size, pairing this bed with a 5 x 8 rug is always a good bet, depending on your room size. If you have a room in the larger size, then the 8 x 10 rug can also work depending on what else you have in your room (if the furniture is a decent size, etc.).
The 9 x 12 rug might be overkill depending on your room size, unfortunately. The bed would be overshadowed by the large rug, and typically twin beds are used in smaller rooms, to begin with, so we don’t necessarily recommend using a 9 x 12 underneath a twin bed.
Fitting a Rug Under a Full Bed
A full bed is 53” x 75”, which is about 4.4’ x 6.25’. Because of its size, a 5 x 8 rug is a great option to put under the bed. Another great option is the 8 x 10 depending on the size of your room. If your bedroom has the space, then going for a larger rug is always a plus.
Again, the 9 x 12 rug could be too large for a room, unless you treat it as the carpet for the room and it covers the entirety of your bedroom.
Fitting a Rug Under a Queen Bed
A queen bed is 60” x 80”, which comes out to 5’ x 6.67’. The 5 x 8 rug will be hard to see since it’s only just a little bit bigger than the bed. Your best bet for rug sizes are the 8 x 10 and the 9 x 12 rugs. The 8 x 10 rug will not only look nice, but it will fit your bed perfectly.
If you go with the 9 x 12, depending on your room size, this will not only help separate your room, but it will make the bed look nicer and allow for more breathing room.
Fitting a Rug Under a King Bed
A standard king bed is 76” x 80”, which comes out to 6.3’ x 6.6’. A California king bed is 72” x 84”, which comes out to 6’ x 7’. With either of these beds, a 5 x 8 rug will disappear almost completely, so we don’t recommend using that size rug.
An 8 x 10 rug is a great option for either bed, as is the 9 x 12 rug. Both rugs will be able to be seen well underneath the bed, and they will both be large enough to properly separate your bedroom.
Placement of the Rug
When placing your rug under your bed, make sure to center your rug under the bed and either up against the headboard, or a few feet away from it. Typically, you should have at least one foot on floor space around the rug, although it is completely up to you and what you decide to do.
Overall, placing a rug under a bed is a great way to break up the space in your bedroom. Not only does it set apart your sleeping space, but it also creates a warmer environment for you to sleep in. Keep in mind to get an appropriately sized rug for your mattress size so your bed isn’t too big or too small for your rug.