How To Measure For A Hallway Rug
Before you choose your hallway rug or runner, you’ll want to collect a few measurements:
The width of your hallway
The length of your hallway
The distance between any doorways to other rooms
Since it’s important not to have the end of a runner land in the middle of a doorway, it helps to make a quick sketch of your hall and note all doorways and stairs.
Most hallways are 36″ wide, so a standard 2’3″ wide runner works perfectly, leaving a few inches of floor showing on either side. Ideally, your runner will be long enough to cover most of the length of your hallway. If you have hallway furniture, place the front feet on top of the runner
If you have an exterior door entering your hallway, use a small rug at the door to catch dirt being tracked in. This will protect your runner from heavy soil and wear. Make sure your runner is long enough to fully cross any doorways, so you don’t create a tripping hazard. Center your runner according to the architecture.
If you have a very long hallway, you can use
more than one runner – just pay attention to
doorways and openings when deciding what
sizes to order.
If you have a wide entry with a center hall and
stairway, choose a 3×5 or 4×6 area rug for in
front of the door, and a coordinating runner
for the adjoining hallway:
Rug Size 5′ x 8′
Choose this size for a small room with a small-scale sofa, or a bedroom seating area. A 5 x 8 area rug fits comfortably with a pair of chairs, and will cover the floor in front of a sofa with a chaise end.
Rug Size 5′ x 8′, Layered on Large Rug
Add a 5 x 8 area rug on top of a neutral 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 rug to add color and texture. The larger rug anchors the seating area.
Rug Size 8′ x 8′ or 9′ x 9′
Just the right size for a small den or seating area, a square rug is perfect for a loveseat and two standard armchairs, or a loveseat and recliner.