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Connect Your Spaces with Rug Runners

Choosing a rug runner can be a challenge, especially if you aren't sure what to look for or how to even place a runner. Rug runners serve as a visual bridge between rooms, connecting one space to the next to create a harmonious atmosphere. They protect your flooring in high traffic areas, create definition in small spaces, and help to cushion noise throughout your home. Rug runners are often placed in long, narrow spaces such as the hallway, entryway, or kitchen.


There are several factors to consider when selecting a runner for your space, from aesthetics to the functionality in your home. We're here to help you choose a runner with our top tips on choosing a rug best for you!

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Finding the Right Fit


When selecting a runner, it's important to keep 3"-5" of space between the wall or furniture and the rug. It's best to choose a rug runner in this size range to prevent the rug from being too small for the area. For example, if your hallway is 36" wide, choose a runner that is 30" wide - this will leave 3" on either side and fits the space well.

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Measuring the Space


We recommend choosing a runner that will be a few inches shorter than the space where it will reside. A slightly shorter size will ensure the runner is centered in the area. Additionally considering spacing on either side to allow visualization of the current flooring is important. The measurements here is the same being, a few inches on either side.

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Consider the Pile Height


A pile height is the height of the material in a rug, and it varies from item to item. The height is important to consider as it will impact your day-to-day living. For example, if a door opens into the space with your runner, it will be difficult to open and may move the rug as well. Before you make a purchase, check the pile height to eliminate any height issues with your rug!

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Keeping Your Runner in Place


Consider using rug tape or a rug pad to keep your runner in place are great options. This will prevent the rug from sliding around and creating a hazard in your home. If a rug pad is integrated it will also provide a slightly more cushioned feeling. This will assist in maximizing comfort in high-traffic areas of your home.

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What Materials Are Best?


When looking for a run runner, the material is essential! The appropriate material for the rug is determined by where it will be placed. It's important to keep in mind the area in which you are shopping for, is there high traffic or a possibility of dirt or spills? Below is a table with everything you need to know about each material.




Unique Spaces


If you have a unique space, such as an extra-long hallway, it can be difficult to find the right sized runner. Avoid using multiple rugs to fill the space as they won't stay in line and will move frequently. Instead, spend some time searching for an extra-long runner, or also consider a custom runner made to fit the area. Here are a few examples of extra-long runners!


2'3 x 22' | Wayfair 2'6 x 14' | Wayfair




Rug Runners Under $100

Crate and Barrel Wayfair Wayfair



Rug runner under $300

Wayfair Bouclair Pottery Barn



Rug runner under $500

CB2 GFurn Wayfair



Rug runner over $500

Wayfair Wayfair Crate and Barrel




A rug runner is both decorative and an important functional piece in any space. We hope our tips will help in your search for the perfect runner in your home! If you have liked any of the above rug runners and are interested in purchasing any of them, please view our shop. In turn, if you're looking for a professional designer to help elevate your space, feel free to visit our website and explore the packages we offer. We'd be pleased to help you with your design vision!


White Dahlia Design Team




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