Layering Rugs Under Beds

A question from Mary showed up as a comment on my master bedroom today. Mary asked, “Is the bed a king or a queen? And then, what size is the rug?”  I replied: “My bed is a California King which is 72″ in width x 84″ in length. It is 4 inches longer but 4 inches narrower than a king size bed. The rug is 94″ x 130″ which allows for visible border around the bed frame, 22″ on either side of the bed and about 30″ past the foot of the bed to make room for the two small benches that live there.”  The question prompted a great topic! Let’s take a closer look at layering rugs under beds.

Area rugs are a great way to add pattern and/or softness to a bedroom space. When looking to layer a rug under your full, queen, or king size bed, ideally you want one that extends a few feet beyond the bed on all sides to create a nice visible border.

There are no hard and fast rules on size and it’s okay if the rug doesn’t go all the way to the wall underneath the nightstands. Personally I think a rug looks best under a bed when it’s layered in front of the nightstands exposing the flooring underneath them and stretching in front of the length of the nightstands on either side of the bed.



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To achieve this look, use the size of your nightstands as your guide for width on each side of the bed. The border formed around your bedframe should be about the same width as your nightstands but it’s totally okay if the rug is a few inches shy on both sides. It’s hard to get it exactly the same width since most rugs come in standard sizes like 6 x 9’, 8 x 10’, or 9 x 12’ or slight variations of those sizes.

What’s most important is a significant border around the edge of the bed frame, 2-3 feet is ideal. Plan for an even larger border at the the base of the bed if you want to add a bench.

If you don’t want to spend big bucks on a large scale patterned rug consider this idea, a less expensive plain woven rug for size and a smaller vintage rug on top to add pattern.


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One thing you want to avoid is a rug that is too small, it will look skimpy. Here’s an example. In my opinion, this rug is too small for this bed. I get that this is a styled shot to showcase the bed frame. The rug has been pulled forward to show its texture, but it is not centered under the bed. In a real bedroom, you’d want a larger size rug centered under the bed for a balanced look.




If layering a rug next to your bed you have more flexibility with size. An accent rug on the side of a bed can vary in size but consider a rug that stretches the length of the bedframe and is at least 30” wide, like these examples below:


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Thanks for the question Mary!


Vertical Garden Supports

I’m in the middle of constructing a garden trellis for my courtyard, one to support climbing vines up a wall. I plan to incorporate a geometric design so it’s decorative as well as practical. I went online in search of inspiration and how-tos to guide me on my quest to build my own. I then sat in my courtyard and sketched a design that will complement the style of my home.

‘Tis that time of year when we can sit outside and appreciate a flowering vine or dabble in home grown vegetables with a little help from vertical supports. I’ve built a wire trellis to support vines but this time I’m looking at constructing a trellis of wood since I can create the exact design I want. In my research I came across several great ideas for vertical garden supports for growing vines or veggies.

This simple cedar wall trellis by Gina-Michelle cost only $20.



Find plans for this chevron lattice design at Remodelaholic.



Build these eye-catching french tuteurs with a tutorial at She Holds Dearly.



Construct this stained wood modern trellis and planter with instructions from Deuce Cities Henhouse.



Purchase this chippendale wall trellis on Etsy, the pattern is great inspiration for tackling a similar DIY version.


These slat wood trellises are a more contemporary look for your landscaping.



I love this mixture of gray painted wood and wire to form a trellis.



You can squeeze this simple rectangular wood and wire trellis anywhere.



This simple yet sophisticated white slat trellis also acts as a privacy wall.



This bamboo and twine trellis by Joe Loehle is a more organic design.


Have you ever built a trellis for your vines or veggies? Feel free to share yours in the comments. 🙂

Weekend Reading

It happens every summer at this time, I get hit with an extreme case of idleness that renders me completely unmotivated to do anything other than sit outside drinking iced tea or take an afternoon nap next to a whirring fan. I’ve been guilty of doing just that three times this week! It feels good so I have no guilt. The body needs rest especially in this time of transition from busy schedules to lazier days.

The weekend is full of projects around the house, I’m giving the guest room a few updates and will share that soon. I’m also tackling an outdoor project I’ve been planning for a few weeks, building a custom trellis for my climbing jasmine vines. I’ll be sharing that project in July just as soon as the vines become happy in their new home!

Favorite links below:

I loved touring this elegantly decorated transitional style home.

25 interior trends that are better in theory.

This is a beautiful black & white bathroom remodel.

Are you a fan of zellige tiles? I am.

It’s official, this is my most favorite Airstream renovation.

The dahlia prints in this shop caught my eye, stunning!

Why travel may be the secret to living longer.

Made me laugh: this clever dad’s lunchbox solution.

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there!


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Closed Cabinets v. Open Shelving, Revisited

In a recent article on controversial kitchen choices at Apartment Therapy, a reader quiz revealed a 2/3 to 1/3 split on open shelving, most readers preferring closed cabinet doors to open shelving in kitchens.

What are the pros and cons? With closed upper cabinets, the kitchen can look visually cleaner and more cohesive. Closed cabinets conceal disorganization, a benefit to those who don’t want to be styling their kitchen shelves every day. However upper cabinets can make a kitchen feel more cramped.

Open shelves can make a kitchen feel more airy and open. Yet it takes effort to maintain the open shelf look, not only cleaning and dusting the shelves but constantly organizing the items that live there.


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Personally, I love a mixture of glass and closed upper cabinets, especially when designing a kitchen for resale (see this kitchen) but I also love to add a little bit of open shelving for display (see this kitchen).

Today I’m in Vegas overseeing my current kitchen remodel and the installation of the kitchen cabinets at the flip house. When designing the new kitchen cabinet plan, I opted for a mixture of cabinets and open shelves for storage and display. This kitchen design plan was for resale purposes so I took a more traditional route using upper cabinets on either side of the hood but also added two open shelves next to the sink window to give the space modern appeal as well.




Another option that looks very fresh is the medley of shorter closed upper cabinets and an open shelf below. This is a really happy compromise giving you both closed storage to hide all the things and open storage to display all the pretty items. I like how Brit did this in her kitchen, adding a DIY shelf below her upper cabinetry.


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Chris and Julia did the same thing in this recent kitchen remodel, adding a display shelf below closed upper cabinetry.


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This look requires more distance than the traditional 18” spacing between a countertop and lower cabinet. More examples:



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I dug into the archives and six years ago I asked you all in this article what you thought of open shelving. There were 166 comments weighing in on whether open shelving was “trendy”, some of you loving it some of you questioning the practicality. I thought it interesting to revisit the topic after all this time, especially since having open shelves has become a really popular kitchen feature.

I’d love to hear from all of you again six years later, what have you chosen for your own kitchen? Closed cabinetry, open shelving, or a medley of both? Why did you make that choice?