How to Find the Right Sized Rug for Your Stairs and Hallways

We get it. You know what size shirt you need from your favorite shop. You know the size latte you want on your morning coffee run. But sizing a rug for a room isn’t something you do on the regular. And every room is a little bit different. 

Halls & Stairs

Hardwood hallways are great for sliding around in your socks, but not so great for moving around your home quietly and comfortably. 

Try a runner with 4 or 5 inches on either side to cushion and liven up hallways. This move will also score you some major #adulting points with visiting guests, in-laws, etc. An anti-slip rug pad can be helpful in high traffic areas. You can buy them here.

A fun runner is a nice alternative to boring carpet on a staircase (particularly if your stairs are made of something nice looking that you want to show off a little!). 

To find out how long your runner should be, measure your staircase by adding the depth of the stair to the height of the stair, then multiply by the number of stairs you want to cover. We recommend leaving about 2 inches on either side of the runner so it looks centered.

General tips

Sizing a rug for your space is easier when your core furniture is already arranged. Either way, we definitely recommend busting out the tape measure and getting clear on the exact amount of space you’re working with. Boundless starter kits come with a tape measure, so you’re all set!

Maybe it seems weird, but try using painter’s tape or your Sunday paper (after completing the crossword), to mark out the space you plan to fill with a rug. Live with it for a day or two, and see if it works with how you use the space.

One trick for a big room is to define the space with an inexpensive jute or sisal rug, and then lay the rug you love on top!

Looking for other rooms?
Check out our other Rug Sizing Guides below!