We’ve seen the scene a million times in movies: a glamorous main character waltzes down a flight of stairs in a glittering gown, complemented by a lush carpet runner that catches their steps. Every year during awards season, hundreds of famous names strut down a red carpet to receive awards and recognition. Your home deserves a little of that attention as well, with a gorgeous runner rug that matches both your style and your grand entrances (or dramatic exits).
Rugs USA has all you need to know about carpet runners, from styles to sizes, appropriate rooms, and installation methods. A carpet runner is just another way to say runner rug. These rugs are easy to install, simple to clean and hide scuffs, bumps, and scratches. If your hallway hardwood floors have seen better days, or if your bedroom carpet looks a little worn, a carpet runner is an inexpensive way to refresh your room.
Carpet Runners for Halls and Other Narrow Spaces
Carpet runners for halls take a small dose of luxury and expertly outline narrow corridors, hallways, and flights of stairs. But these rugs don’t have to simply sit and wait to be appreciated. Runner rugs make excellent frames for seating areas, designate elegant house plants and treasured antiques, and create wonderful layering looks for a bohemian-styled room.
Shopping tip When searching for carpet runners, or rug runners, know how long (and how narrow) you want your runner to be. On the Rugs USA website, you can filter carpet runners by size to eliminate options that are too long or too short from your search.
Gone are the days of hiring expensive, professional carpet installers to nail down a small carpet runner in a room. You don’t even need to have installers come in to lay down a small carpet runner on your already installed carpet or hardwood floor. With Rugs USA, runner rugs can fit into any budget at all and change with the seasons, or encapsulate a timeless style. We also recommend purchasing non-slip rug pads to be placed under your carpet runner in your hallway or elsewhere in order to prevent stumbles or falls.
The Best Rooms for Carpet Runners
Where do carpet runners belong? Everywhere, of course! Carpet runners can be rolled out in long hallways or short entryways. They decorate the floor, the deck, the patio, and even the laundry room. Below are a few ideas for where to roll out a runner rug for a fresh new look to celebrate the season.
Roll Out an Outdoor Carpet Runner on Your Porch
Apartment balconies, tiny fenced-in backyards in an urban landscape, and little porches crave pops of color from outdoor carpet runners. But even in a large space, an outdoor runner rug like this Medieval Herald Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug in red can define a spot for potted plants, cozy benches (with canvas pillows), or a small table for a quick cup of tea.
Weave a Jute or a Sisal Carpet Runner into Your Space
Materials like jute and sisal make for excellent, brisk introductions to the day by your bedside or a unique texture in your kitchen area. Rugs like this Natural Jute Braided Area Rug evoke beach vibes, organic vibes, or even farmhouse styles in your kitchen or bedroom.
Shepherd a Sheepskin Carpet Runner into Your Home
Thick shaggy sheepskin runners like this Ivory Soft Solid Faux Sheepskin 2′ x 6′ Area Rug can be layered on larger rugs or can stand on their own in your living room, children’s bedroom, or hallway.
Think Outside the Box with Carpet Runners
Carpet runners can be strong and independent on their own in your space, but they can also be a part of a great team for a unique use of rugs that won’t be found anywhere else. Layers, framing, multiple carpet runners, and draping runners over furniture can all play a role in defining a room in your home. The bohemian style creates a wonderful background for thinking outside of the box in your interior design.
Layering Carpet Runners in Your Living Room
Why lay down just one rug when you can lay down several? Whether you’re designing a small wedding and want a unique way to walk down the aisle or want visitors to see a cornucopia of colors and patterns, runner rugs play well with others. Consider mixing and matching with this Seagrass with Border Area Rug in beige and this Shaded Shag With Tassels Area Rug in ivory for textural contrast.
Waltz Down Stairway Carpet Runners
DIY rug installation on your stairway can be surprisingly simple. Simply lay down one of Rugs USA’s rug pads and then lay down a long runner (or two runners) and staple them to your stairs. You can later remove the staples and take the rug with you when you move out, or if you want to install a new carpet runner. We suggest using a rug with a flatter weave for stairs. Washable carpet runners are great for stairs.
Framework Carpet Runners
Runners can showcase beautiful hardwood or tile floors in any room, especially the living room and the kitchen. Consider grabbing four of the same runners or even four complementary runners and placing them around your kitchen island or your seating area in your living room to create a versatile appearance. Washable carpet runners like this Washable Solid Shag Area Rug in white play well with pets and children. When they get dirty, simply roll them up and throw them in the wash!
Walk Through the History of Carpet Runners
The modern use of carpet runners for halls stems from Victorian England, where local weavers learned to hand-tuft carpets instead of importing them from places like Turkey and Persia. The landed gentry, royalty, and nobility in England were able to acquire multiple rugs and piled them throughout their homes in both London and the countryside. Runner rugs and carpets were made to cushion the footfalls of residents throughout the halls and up and down the roughly made staircases.
To hold the carpets in place on the steep staircases in these Victorian homes, stair rods made from brass or more expensive metals were used. No one could afford to have a good maid or housekeeper slip down a poorly installed carpet on the stairs!
In more modern times, people have taken squares of carpet and installed them in their hallways, entryways, down the stairs, on porches, and in jack-and-jill bathrooms. Stair rods have been replaced by carpet tacks (but some people still use stair rods for decorations). With the rise of modern technology and convenience, it has become easier to put down a runner rug for ultimate style, comfort, and ease of cleaning. Washable carpet runners work with pets and children in high-traffic areas. These carpet runners dress up both tiny spaces and larger, stately rooms.
Find a Carpet Runner for Your Budget Today!
At Rugs USA, we have hundreds of carpet runners for all your nooks and crannies, as well as all your large spaces. Check out our vast selection of rugs to decorate your home today!