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Hallway Runner Rug Size Guide

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Finding the perfect rug for your hallway can transform it into a welcoming and stylish passageway, and our guide is here to make that process simple and enjoyable. In this guide, we’ve curated some amazing tips to help you select the ideal runner rug size that enhances the unique charm and functionality of your hallway.

We’ll explore different runner rug arrangements, whether it’s placing a long runner down the center of your hallway or using shorter runners to define different sections. This guide will assist you in making a choice that ties the space together beautifully and ensures your runner rug fits perfectly with your hallway layout.

Join us as we dive into the best options to make your hallway the ultimate space of comfort and elegance with our exquisite range of Natural Rugs.

How to Choose the Best Size Runner for Your Hallway

There are no solid rules in interior design. It is your home and your opinion is paramount. When it comes to hallways, landings, or any runner rug the key is balance.


It is usually best practice to ensure that there is equal space on each side of the runner and that it runs the entire length of space so that it doesn't make the hallway area look tighter. We generally advise this for the following reasons:

Quick Tip: Watch Out for Door Clearances!
Ensure your hallway runner doesn’t obstruct any doorways. Measure the clearance needed for doors to open and close smoothly without catching on the runner.

  • Visual Appeal: Aesthetically guides the eye along the perspective of the passageway.

  • Creates a sense of scale: It makes the area look more expansive if the rug doesn't stop long short of the area.

  • Reduces tripping: This approach reduces the likelihood of tripping in areas of the home that are high traffic - keeping a consistent under-foot surface is very important.

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How to Measure for a Perfectly Sized Hallway Runner or Landing Rug

To ensure your hallway or landing looks its best with a perfectly sized runner, it’s important to get the measurements just right. Follow these comprehensive tips to achieve a flawless fit:

  • Full Length First: The quickest way to determine the best size for a new runner is to measure the entire length of the area you want covered first. You will usually want to reduce the length by 30cm give or take depending on preference.

  • How wide?: When you have the length, next measure the width wall-to-wall. You'll not want a runner this wide, but you can take this figure and calculate an appropriate width from it. Take a piece of fabric, such as an empty pillowcase, and lay it next to the wall. Experiment with the distance until you are comfortable. Usually this will be from 10-30cm. Double that and remove it from the width of the space to find the width the runner needs to be.​​

  • Frame it well: To decide on the border, take a look at the accent colours in the space. With our extensive range of border options, you're sure to find a colour that fits in with the interior design you already have.

Hallway Runner Rug Inspiration

Consider Matching your Hallway Runner to a Stair Runner

A great idea is to pair up a stair runner with your chosen hallway rug or runner. This pairing creates a flow to the space that adds a harmonising balance.

Did You Know?
If you have existing stair runner, we can match our rugs and runners with that existing flooring. If we're not able to match exactly, one of our interior experts can suggest something to compliment the space.

  • Choose the Same Material: Start by selecting the same material for both your hallway and stair runners. This creates a cohesive look and ensures consistency in texture and durability. Popular choices include wool for its softness and durability or sisal for its natural, rustic appeal.

  • Coordinate Colors and Patterns: Match the colors and patterns of your hallway runner with your stair runner. If you prefer a subtle look, choose runners in the same color family. For a bolder statement, opt for matching patterns or complementary designs that add visual interest while maintaining harmony.

  • Consider Border Options: Enhance the cohesive look by using the same or complementary border styles on both runners. Whether you choose a sleek cotton border or a luxurious leather trim, consistent borders will tie the look together.

  • Measure Accurately: Ensure both runners are measured accurately to fit their respective spaces. Hallway runners should leave a small margin around the edges to show off the flooring, while stair runners need to cover the central portion of each step without overlapping the edges.

What Next?

Got your eye on the ideal rug size for your hallway or landing? Let's make sure it's a perfect fit! Grab some tape or string and sketch out the "rug" on your floor. This visual trick confirms that the size you're considering is just right for your space, ensuring no surprises when you make your purchase.

What Natural Rug Material is Best for a Hallway Runner or Rug?

You've aced the size, now let's pick the best material for your hallway runner. Selecting the right material is crucial to ensure your hallway rug stands up to the daily wear and tear while adding style and comfort to your home.

Our selection of Sisal, Wool, Polypropylene, Jute, Seagrass, Sisool, and Luxury Coir Rugs offers a range of options for hallway runners. Here’s a detailed look at each material’s suitability:

Our Recommendation
For hallway runners, we recommend Sisal for its excellent durability and ease of maintenance. Sisal is a resilient natural fiber that handles high-traffic areas beautifully, making it ideal for busy hallways.

  • Sisal is a tough, resilient material perfect for high-traffic areas like hallways. Its natural fibers create a surface that’s easy to clean and maintain, ensuring your hallway runner looks beautiful for years to come. Sisal is also known for its durability and resistance to wear, making it a great choice for busy households. With 85 color and weave variations across 16 different ranges, Sisal offers versatile choices that can match any interior style, from rustic to modern. Additionally, Sisal's fine to medium weave allows it to blend seamlessly with various decors, adding a natural yet sophisticated touch to your hallway.

  • Polypropylene offers an incredibly durable, waterproof, and washable option, making it virtually bomb-proof. This material is ideal for hallways where dirt or wet conditions are more likely, ensuring your runner remains in top condition despite the elements. It is also very easy to clean, making it a practical choice for busy households. Its fine to medium weave and versatile aesthetics make it suitable for various home styles. Polypropylene’s resilience and easy maintenance make it a top pick for households with pets or children.

  • Luxury Coir brings a natural, rustic vibe to your hallway with its strong, moisture-resistant fibers. Ideal for areas prone to dirt and moisture, its bold texture adds warmth and complements a variety of interior styles. While its rough texture might not be as comfortable underfoot as other materials, Luxury Coir is highly durable and perfect for heavy domestic use, including hallways. Its chunky weave and deep orangey-brown color create a bold statement, ideal for entryways and utility areas​.

  • Wool offers a luxurious, soft feel underfoot and is naturally flame-retardant. Wool hallway runners provide excellent insulation and noise reduction, making your hallway quieter and more comfortable. Wool is also naturally stain-resistant, adding to its practicality for high-traffic areas. This material is ideal for those seeking a plush, cozy ambiance combined with durability. Additionally, with 212 color and pattern variations across 30 different ranges, Wool provides a wide array of choices to perfectly fit your décor. The fine to chunky weaves available in Wool allow for both intricate and bold design statements.

  • Jute while offering a natural, earthy vibe and soft texture, is not suitable for high-traffic areas like hallways. Its lower water resistance and durability make it best suited for indoor, dry environments. Jute adds a rustic charm but is better placed in areas with less foot traffic. With only natural color options and a fine weave, Jute provides a subtle, warm touch ideal for quieter rooms.

  • Seagrass is known for its durability and resistance to dirt, making it suitable for high-traffic areas like hallways. However, its texture and weave might not provide the necessary comfort underfoot required for hallway runners. Seagrass shines in flat, high-traffic spaces where its natural sheen and texture can be appreciated without the specific demands of continuous foot traffic. Its fine to medium weave and natural mid-brown color with hints of light green make it a distinctive choice for coastal or rustic-themed interiors.

  • Sisool combines the best of both worlds with a blend of Sisal and Wool. This material offers the durability and resilience of Sisal with the softness and luxury of Wool, making it a fantastic option for hallway runners that need to withstand high traffic while providing comfort underfoot. Sisool is perfect for both light and heavy domestic use, offering a modern aesthetic with practical benefits. The medium to chunky weave of Sisool, combined with its 20 color and weave variations, allows for both visually intriguing and elegant designs.

    No matter which material you choose, our runners are designed to complement your hallway’s unique style while providing the durability you need for everyday living. Imagine a runner that not only complements your space but also stands as a companion to countless steps, ensuring both safety and elegance.

  • How Long Does Delivery Take?
    All Rugs on our website are Made To Order. The delivery time is usually 3 to 5 weeks, depending on the availability of your chosen material and border. We take pride in ensuring each rug is meticulously handmade to your exact specifications.
  • Can I Order Samples?
    Yes - Simply head over to our "Design Your Own Rug" tool, put together a rug of your choice, and then before checkout you will have the option to order samples. You can create as many rugs, and order as many Free Samples from us as you like!
  • Is Delivery Free?
    Yes - we offer free delivery on all rug orders within Mainland UK. If you require shipping to Non-Mainland UK or elsewhere in Europe, please reach out to our friendly team, and we'll be happy to provide you with a tailored delivery quote.
  • What is INTEC Stain protection?
    Intec Stain Protection is a water-based, non-toxic treatment that forms an invisible barrier on each fiber of a rug, protecting it from dirt, spills, and wear. Developed for high-traffic commercial areas, Intec helps maintain the rug's appearance, making it easier to clean and prolonging its life. For a full explanation visit our in depth guide to INTEC Stain Protection:
  • What is Jute?
    Jute is a natural fiber derived from the jute plant, primarily grown in the warm, humid regions of South Asia. Known for its eco-friendly properties, jute is a sustainable and biodegradable material. It has a soft, lustrous texture and is often used in the creation of rugs, textiles, and various handicrafts. Jute rugs are celebrated for their rustic charm and ability to add a touch of warmth and texture to any room.
  • Is Jute Suitable for High Moisture Areas?
    Jute is not suitable for high moisture areas. While jute rugs offer a delightful rustic aesthetic and eco-friendly benefits, they have low water resistance, scoring only 2 out of 5. This makes them less ideal for areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, or any space prone to spills and moisture. For optimal longevity and maintenance, it’s best to place jute rugs in low-moisture areas like living rooms, bedrooms, or dining rooms​​.
  • Is Jute Hard Wearing?
    Jute is moderately durable but not hard-wearing compared to other natural fibers like sisal or seagrass. It is best suited for light domestic use, making it perfect for areas with less foot traffic such as bedrooms and living rooms. It is not recommended for heavy domestic use or high-traffic areas like hallways or entryways. The natural softness and texture of jute provide a cozy feel underfoot but may wear out faster under constant, heavy use​​​​.
  • How "Soft" is Jute?
    Jute is relatively soft for a natural fiber rug, scoring 4 out of 5 in softness. This makes jute rugs a comfortable and appealing choice for living spaces where you might walk barefoot. The soft, natural fibers of jute create a cozy atmosphere, adding both comfort and a natural aesthetic to your home​​.

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