How to Pick a Hallway Rug

Machine Woven Orsay Sisal Rug from Natura Sisal by NuLoom

Are you looking to buy a new rug for your hallway, but aren’t sure what to buy? While a hallway rug certainly isn’t the focal point of your home, it can really help bring a space together, as well as connect the style of one room to the next. Plus, hallways see a lot of foot traffic, which means you also need to find a rug that can stay strong against a little wear and tear.

As you’ll quickly realize, there are a lot of options out there when it comes to choosing hallway rugs. How do you know which one will look best in your home?

Luckily, if you know what considerations to keep in mind, choosing a hallway rug is actually a pretty straightforward and easy process. What do you need to think about when deciding on the right rug? Read on to learn how to pick a hallway rug.

1. Know Your Style

Hand Hooked Anderson from Heritage by NuLoom

First things first, you need to know your style.

Not sure what your style is? Look around your home. Would you describe your home as minimalist and modern? Or, maybe you’d say it’s got a rustic look to it? Whatever it is, you want to make sure your rug is the same style as well. Otherwise, it will just stick out like a sore thumb.

Once you know your style, think about whether you want the rug to be the focal piece of the hallway or if you want it to complement other areas of the hall. If, for example, your hall is neutral colors like gray and white and you want the rug to be the focal piece, then you may want to choose a bolder color for your rug, like emerald green. If you want the rug to serve as more of a backdrop, you’ll want to stick to neutral colors and simple patterns.

You’re going to be seeing this rug for at least the next few years, so make sure you choose a style you really like!

2. Consider Material

Shaina Tribal from Bodrum by NuLoom

Once you know your style, you’ll want to decide on a material. Rugs come in a variety of different materials, but in general, you will want to choose a material that is soft and cozy, yet still durable enough to stand up to foot traffic.

Some materials you’ll want to consider include:


Wool is an extremely durable material, and, it’s also incredibly soft and warm. Many people who have kids and pets love wool rugs because they’re also very easy to clean.

However, wool is definitely one of the more expensive materials. And, it doesn’t do well against acidic spills (like wine).


For those who are all about neutral colors, seagrass is a great option, as seagrass almost always comes in a neutral color like khaki or beige.

Due to its wax-like coating, it’s very easy to clean and maintain.


Many people like jute because it is made of natural fibers. And, out of all the rug materials made from natural fibers, jute is easily the softest. However, it is also the least durable.

These are three of the most popular materials worth considering. Some other materials include:

For all materials, you also want to keep in mind any allergies. Also, keep pets in mind. If you have a cat, for example, you don’t want to choose a material they can easily scratch up with their claws.

3. Size It Up

Machine Woven Orsay Sisal Rug from Natura Sisal by NuLoom

Some people get so caught up thinking about the material and style of their hallway rug, that they completely forget about one of the most obvious considerations: size.

A rug that is too small or too big can really ruin the look of your hallway, so you want to be very careful about the rug measurements you choose. In order to select the right-sized rug, you will first want to measure the width of your hallway. Ideally, you want to choose a rug that has about 4 to 5 inches of space left on either side of it.

Luckily, most rugs are already made to fit standard-sized hallways (Ones with a width of 3 feet). In terms of length, most rugs run between 6 feet and 14 feet. When choosing the length of the rug for your hallway, you will want to follow the same rule for the width. That is, have around 4 to 5 inches of space left on either side.

4. Complement Your ColorsRichelle Tribal Medallion from Bodrum by NuLoom

In general, hallway rugs have one main color and then a few accent colors. When selecting a color for your rug, you’ll want to take a look at the colors you already have in the space. If everything else in the hallway has a neutral tone, it may be a good idea to choose a bright colored rug to add a little vibrancy to the space.

If you want a rug that blends in with the space, you’ll want to choose a rug that is a similar color to your flooring. Or, if you feel like your hallway space is a little dark, go for a light, bright color.

You’ll also want to keep children and pets in mind when choosing a rug color. If your children are prone to spilling, and will constantly be wiping their dirty feet on the rug, you may want to go for a darker color. But, if you have a pet who sheds easily, a darker color may not be the best idea.

5. Thick or Thin?

ASG747D from Arizona Shag by Safavieh

Hallway rugs have different levels of thickness to them. This is known as pile height. When choosing your hallway rug, the pile height is another big consideration you need to keep in mind.

Typically, the pile heights of hallway rugs run between ¼ inch to ¾ inch. A ¼ inch pile height is considered thin. A rug with ¼ to ½ pile height is considered medium. And anything above ½ inch is considered plush.

Typically, because hallways are areas that see a lot of traffic, it’s best to go with a rug that has more pile height to it (in other words, it’s thicker). However, keep in mind that while thicker rugs feel softer on the feet and can hold up to more traffic, they’re not as easy to maintain as thinner rugs. Also, if you plan to place some furniture on top of your rug, a thinner pile height is best. This is because thicker rugs are much more susceptible to indentation.

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