Bedroom Rug Size Guide: How to Expertly Place a Rug in Your Bedroom

Selecting the perfect wool rug for your bedroom is more than just picking a design that matches your décor. It's about enhancing warmth and comfort and elevating the room’s overall aesthetic, all while benefiting from wool's natural durability, noise and thermal insulation properties and resistance to stains.

Much of the selection process is about understanding the right bedroom rug size and placement to maximise its impact on your bedroom's ambience and functionality.

And that's exactly what we'll discuss in this post. You'll discover the A-Z of bedroom rugs, from the standard sizes in New Zealand to expert techniques for rug placement and why you should invest in a wool rug in the first place.

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5 Reasons Why Wool Rugs Are The Best Type Of Rug For A Bedroom

Investing in a wool rug for your bedroom can be one of the best decisions you make in your home décor journey. Here's why:

1. Wool is a proven high-performance fibre that can handle a lot of foot traffic.

2. It's a fantastic thermal insulator that will keep your bedroom warm in winter and cool in summer - it can save you 8-13% on heating and cooling costs*!

*MCNEIL (2016). The Thermal Properties Of Wool Carpets. Agresearch Technical Bulletin.

3. Wool is easy to clean because it's naturally stain and soil resistant - just see how simple it is to clean with our Complete Guide On How To Clean A Wool Rug.

4. It helps make bedrooms quieter and more comfortable. 

5. Wool rugs are incredible at absorbing odours from the air.

Hopefully, you see why a wool rug is the a natural choice for your bedroom? Great. Now let's talk size…


Choosing the Right Bedroom Rug Size: A Guide to Standard Dimensions

Standard rug sizes in New Zealand

Double bed rug sizes:

  • A 122 cm X 183 cm sized rug or a 152 cm x 244 cm sized rug to fit the bottom two-thirds of the bed
  • A 183 cm by 274 cm sized rug to fit the bed, bedside table, and a bench at the foot of the bed.
Rug sizes for a queen-size or king-size bed:
  • Choose a 244 cm x 305 cm or 274 cm by 366 cm rug to fit the bottom two-thirds of a queen-size or king-size bed.

Remember that these are only standard sizes; if you want to go bigger or smaller, you can get a custom rug specially designed for you by Bremworth. All you have to do is go to our bedroom rug collection page, pick your favourite style and colour, and customise your rug in just four easy steps. The maximum width is 3.66m, and the maximum length is 6m.

Customise a designer wool rug for your bedroom.

Can a bedroom rug be too big?

Yes, if your bedroom rug extends all the way to the skirting of your room, it's too big: this gives the illusion of a smaller space. To avoid this, leave a gap of about 60 centimetres between the rug's edge and the bedroom walls.

How To Place A Rug In A Bedroom - 2 Techniques That Work For Every Bedroom

Now that we've covered the basics of bedroom rug sizes let's look at how to place a rug in the room using two expert techniques. 

Bedroom Rug Placement Technique #1 - Place Rug Two-Thirds Under The Bed

When placed under your bed, a wool rug offers softness underfoot when climbing in and out of bed.

Start your rug around 10cm from your bedside tables (depending on your bed and room size). This means your rug will sit underneath the lower two-thirds of your bed and stretch out beyond the foot of the bed.

Opt for symmetry so your rug extends equally on your bed’s sides and foot end by at least 50cm. Placing your rug this way creates a sense of proportion with the room.

Bedroom Rug Placement Technique #2 - Start The Rug At The Head Of The Bed

Start by placing your rug at the head of your bed so it's touching the wall. By doing this, your bedside tables will sit on the rug.

Opt for symmetry so your rug extends equally on the sides and foot end of your bed by at least 50cm (depending on the size of your bed and room). Like the previous placement technique, this helps make your rug feel proportionate with the room.

Should you place a rug in a bedroom with carpet?

This really depends on the look you are after. It's best recommended from a design standpoint to place a rug on a hard floor, but then again, a rug on a carpet can be pulled off if done tastefully by following the 'two-thirds of the bed' approach or by placing the rug starting at the head of the bed.


Bedroom Rug Colours: What Colour Rug Makes A Room Look Bigger?

Light-coloured rugs have the power to make a space look bigger, as you can see in this example of our Tussore rug in the shade 'Sumac'.

According to Bremworth designer Lily Ng, "Darker colours can make a room appear smaller, whereas when you use lighter-toned colours, it creates a sense of spaciousness and the appearance of a bigger room. So, go for lighter tones such as grey, cream, beige and white".


Recap of Bedroom Rug Sizes and Placement

That's everything you need to know about bedroom rug placement! In brief:

  • Wool is a high-performance fibre that can handle foot traffic, keep rooms warm in winter and cool in summer, is easy to clean, makes rooms quieter and comfortable, and absorbs nasty odours.
  • Standard New Zealand rug sizes for double beds are 122cm x 183cm or 152cm x 244cm, while a queen or king-sized bed requires a 244cm x 305cm or 274cm x 366cm rug.
  • Leave a gap of about 60cm between the rug's edge and bedroom walls to avoid a room appearing smaller.
  • Two expert techniques for rug placement in a bedroom include placing the rug two-thirds under the bed or starting it at the head of the bed.
  • Light-coloured rugs can make a room appear larger, while darker colours make it smaller.

If you still have questions, why not book a complimentary rug consultation with one of our designers, who'll help you pick the right-sized rug for your bedroom and give more advice on how to fit it in your space?

Ready to start looking at rugs? Explore our bedroom rug collection here.