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7+ Ideas for Using Rug Runners

One of the easiest ways to freshen up your home is to add a rug runners. This versatile rug brings style and unity into hard to design spaces. They provide cushioning on hard floors and protect delicate wood and tiles.


Named for their functional purpose – rug runners –  are great for areas with a lot of traffic or prolonged standing.


Where You Can Use Rug Runners

Despite what you may have traditionally thought, rug runners aren’t just for hallways. They’re also ideal for entryways, kitchens, bedrooms, and few less expected places.



Hallway RunnerBut we do love them for hallways! There’s not a lot you can do you decorate this area in your home, but this high-traffic area often needs style, soundproofing, and floor protection. Make it a surprising comfort by adding a rug pad for an extra cushion.



Entryway Rug

Rug runners are an excellent way to spruce up an entryway and welcome guests. They set the tone for your home’s design, protect your entryway floor from the elements, and soften loud sounds.


Mud Rooms


Rug runners in a mudroom provide a place to put wet shoes and prevent puddles. In an area like this, you’ll need a highly durable and easy to clean rug, such as a stain-resistant synthetic or jute, with a handmade weave.


These durable rug runners are also practical outdoors. Use them as patio rugs, in front of glass doors, or beside the grill.



Kitchen Runner Rugs

Kitchen rug runners are a luxury for anyone who spends time at the island or sink. Combined with a rug pad, they provide the necessary softening for standing for long periods of time. Not to mention complementing your décor and providing slip protection. Our wide selection of Persian rug runners are a popular choice for kitchens!




Traditionally, large area rugs in bedrooms are concealed partially under furniture hiding their beauty. Using a rug runner at the sides or foot of the bed is a perfect option. They not only provide comfort and warmth, but you’ll be able to see the entire rug.




A rug runner on a staircase not only cushions loud footsteps but also provides safety from slips and falls. Additionally, these rugs are a classic design choice for savvy decorators.


We recommend professional installation for stair runners.




Finally, if your bathroom is long, a rug runner can take the place of multiple bathmats and provide a seamless, unified look while providing comfort and warmth against cold tiles.


Style and Materials


Rug runners come in all the design choices as other area rugs including, modern, abstract, vintage, bohemian, geometric, traditional, tribal, or solid. Oriental rugs from Pakistan and Moroccan boho-themed runners have been popular choices recently.


These rugs come in various materials to meet your needs. For high traffic, consider something more durable such as wool, synthetic, or perhaps jute for entryways or mudrooms. If you’re using it more for comfort or décor, wool will provide luxury and you can even consider a silk or cotton rug.


Measure Your Space for a Rug Runner


In hallways and tight spaces, you’ll want your runner to have at least 2-3 inches on each side, width and length. It’s OK to have a shorter runner than your space, just ensure that it doesn’t visually cut doorways in half. Additionally, ensure it’s either long or short enough to have both feet on or off.


The most common sizes for rug runners are 6-feet, 8-feet, and 10-feet long. We also carry 13-foot-long runners, as well as many handmade sizes. If your hallway is extra wide, you may need a wider runner.


Now that you know all the options, you’re ready to choose the perfect one for your home. Check out our collection of rug runners in hundreds of styles for sale at Rugs.com

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