by The Rug Truck October 29, 2019 3 min read

What Size Rug Goes Under a Queen Bed?

Thinking about adding an area rug to your bedroom? An area rug is a great way to add extra comfort, color, texture, and style to your space. Redecorating your space, however, can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, there are multiple size possibilities that you can use for a rug under your queen bed!.

Read on to explore which size rug will fit your space best.

Table of Contents

1. How to Measure Your Space

2. Illustration

3. A Rug Pad and Why You Need One

4. Size Guide and Recommendations

5. Our Favorite 8x10 Rugs

How to Measure Your Space for an Area Rug

The first step to determine what area rug is best for your bedroom is to measure out the bedroom itself. This will help you determine the maximum size area rug your room will allow. Follow these steps to properly measure the dimensions for a rug under a queen bed:

  1. Measure the size of your entire room. Based on this size, you will be able to conclude which size rug will fit.
  2. Determine the midpoint of where you want your bed placed. Mark this with painter’s tape on the baseboard of your wall.
  3. The most ideal method for placing a rug in your bedroom is to move all of your furniture out of the area. This will give you complete freedom to move and place your area rug where you please.
  4. The next step is to place your platinum or gold rug pad. It is best to place it lengthwise parallel to the wall where your headboard will be. (In other words, the longer size of the pad should be parallel to the wall.)
  5. After placing your rug pad, fold it in half and line the midpoint of the pad up with the painter's tape mark you placed on the wall. Open the pad, and keeping the midpoint aligned with the tape, shift the pad 2 feet away from the wall to account for the standard nightstand width of 20". (Don’t worry about any creasing that shows on the pad from shipping, it will diminish within a few days of placing the rug on top).
  6. Finally, you should place your new area rug on top of your rug pad. Your area rug should be a couple of inches larger than your area rug pad, and should begin between 1"-4" in front of your nightstand.

Here's an illustration of how your rug should look underneath your queen bed:

A Rug Pad and Why You Need One

You may notice that we highly recommend using a rug pad for area rugs underneath a bed. We advocate so highly for rug pads in this situation because of how heavy beds can be. A rug pad will act as a shock absorbent for the wear your bed’s weight and any movement it will cause. Instead of the daily wear and tear happening to your area rug, it will happen to the protective and robust rug pad underneath, thus extending the life of your rug.

Area Rug Size for a Queen Bed

A standard queen size bed is 5’ wide by 6’5” long. That being said, an 8’x10’ rug under your queen bed is the best rug size for a queen bed. This will leave 2.5 feet of rug on each side of the bed. Similar to a king-size bed, however, you can play around with this sizing if you so wish. The smallest area rug size we recommend is a 6x9n rug under a queen bed. Any smaller than this and the rug will become swallowed by your bed, making your new statement piece purposeless.

Vice versa, an area rug bigger than 8’x10’ could also work great if you have the space to fit it. Depending on the size of your bedroom, you can introduce a 9’x12’, a 10’x13’ or even an 11’x15’! In this case, feel free to add any additional furniture on your rug such as a bench or settle at the foot of your bed.

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Shop Our Favorite 8x10 Rugs!

We have hand selected some of our favorite rugs that are the ideal rug size for a queen bed. Suitable for every style and preference, these rugs are sure to revamp your room. 

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Author: Carly Daniele