We Have A Runner!

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Just when you thought the world of area rugs couldn’t be any more intimidating – here come the runners. For those of you who are new to the area rug game, a runner is a long, narrow rug, typically 2-4 feet wide by 6-12 feet long, intended for use in small spaces. These can match, coordinate with or replace normal area rugs, depending on your design.

Adding a runner to your home comes with many benefits. They reduce noise in high-traffic areas, protect hard surfaces from unwanted wear and create a more inviting interior. But, where should you use a runner?


Traditionally, hallways create the perfect runway for a runner. Long, narrow and sometimes stark, they’re a blank canvas for gorgeous design! When placing a runner in your hallway, make sure you have floor showing on either side of the rug – usually 4-5 inches. The length of the runner depends on the length of your hallway. If you have a smaller space, you’ll likely feel comfortable with a 6 or 8 foot selection. Those with an over-sized space may prefer something 10-feet or longer. Keep in mind, though, that it is perfectly acceptable to put more than one area rug in an exceptionally long hallway. Just leave a bit of space between them to provide visual relief.


If you’re tired of shifting your weight from foot to foot while doing dishes or cooking, a runner might be just the thing for your kitchen! Longer than a scatter rug, runners provide ample room for kitchen tasks when placed around islands, in front of cook tops and in front of sinks.

In this space, you’ll want to consider construction and cleanliness before you commit. An indoor/outdoor rug is more resilient against water and accepts spot treatment with ease. And, if things get really bad, you can always take it outside to hose it off since it’s rain-proof!


Don’t want to move the bed to place a full-size area rug? Don’t worry! Runners frame the bed beautifully and provide a stable, warm space for your feet at the beginning and end of each day. In this space, you’ll want to look for something that’s soft and slightly squishy under bare feet. You’ll also want to make sure that the rug is steady and secure with a non-slip rug pad. Before you commit, measure the length and width of your bed to ensure you’re ordering the right size widths. After all, what a king-size bed needs at the foot is very different from what a full-size bed requires.


The bathroom is a new frontier for runner rugs! Placed in front of a soaking tub or double-vanity, the runner provides a stylish alternative to tired and boring bath mats. Be sure to choose an indoor/outdoor quality runner for this space as the backing is approved for contact with water. Whether you choose something monochromatic, multi-dimensional or dramatically bold, this space provides a fun opportunity to play with your style more affordably than a traditional area rug.


A runner in your home’s entryway creates a warm welcome for guests. Placed perpendicular to the door, it offers ample room for greeting guests and a safe landing space for wet umbrellas or shoes. Care is a consideration for this placement as it will likely be one of the busiest areas in your home. An indoor/outdoor quality works well as it can be hosed off for cleaning. Just be sure to allow the runner to dry fully before returning it to its rightful place.

When it comes to making a house a home, the runner is an excellent addition to more traditional rug choices. Long and narrow, it works well in a variety of spots around the home. Sound dampening, runners create a warm and cozy complement that you’ll absolutely adore.

Area rug and runner combo in a large, timbered room.
As with traditional area rugs, be sure to vacuum regularly and spot treat with a gentle cleanser and water. Should more aggressive treatment be necessary, call a professional for steam cleaning.

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