Ideas + Advice

Decor Tips

How to Choose a Hallway Runner

The right hallway runner can give any space a gorgeous, pulled-together feel. Here’s exactly how to find it.

1. Measure Your Hallway

Measure the width of your hallway (the distance between the two walls that run along its length), as well as the length of your hallway (the distance from one end of the hallway to the other). When shopping for a hallway runner, keep in mind these measurements; when placed on your hallway floor, the perfect hallway runner should leave no less than four inches of visible floor space between each edge of the runner and the hallway walls.

2. Choose a Hallway Runner Material

The best materials for hallway runners – and area rugs – will feel soft and cozy to the touch – while still providing the durability needed to hold up against high foot traffic.

Popular Hallway Runner Materials:

For a softer feel:

  • Cotton
  • Wool

For a more durable feel:

  • Jute
  • Seagrass

For a balance between soft and durable:

  • Polyester
  • Olefin
  • Nylon


The best way to determine the right material for your space is to test out each runner type in the store – physically standing on the rug and running your hands through the fibers will help you to get a feel for the subtle differences of comfort and durability between each texture.

3. Choose a Hallway Runner Style

Here’s where you can let your personality shine through! Choose a transitional hallway runner in a color and pattern that fits into your home’s style and speaks to you. You’re going to be looking at it every day for the next couple of years, so you might as well choose one you love!

Featured Products

2'6"x8' Runner Rug-Woven Natural Fiber Ivory/Black

$195
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"x8' Runner Rug-Woven Natural Fiber Ivory/Black as soon as Apr 27 - May 01
Quicklook

2'3"x7'5" Runner Rug-Elation Shag Heather Beige

$110
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'3"x7'5" Runner Rug-Elation Shag Heather Beige as soon as Apr 25 - Apr 29
Quicklook

2'6"X8' Rug-Maisie Stripe Natural

$195
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"X8' Rug-Maisie Stripe Natural as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

2'6"x12' Rug-Global Grey And White Stripe

$150
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"x12' Rug-Global Grey And White Stripe as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

2'0"X5'0" Rug-Magnolia Home Lenna Indigo/Natural By Joanna Gaines

$79
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'0"X5'0" Rug-Magnolia Home Lenna Indigo/Natural By Joanna Gaines as soon as Apr 27 - May 01
Quicklook

2'6" X 8' Runner-Barcella Muted Traditional Blue and Orange

$125
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6" X 8' Runner-Barcella Muted Traditional Blue and Orange as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

1'9"x7'6" Runner Rug-Greyson Oriental Medallion Ivory

$89
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 1'9"x7'6" Runner Rug-Greyson Oriental Medallion Ivory as soon as Apr 27 - May 01
Quicklook

2'5"x8' Rug-Contemporary Jute Natural

$150
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'5"x8' Rug-Contemporary Jute Natural as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

2'3"x7'6" Runner Rug-Asher Abstract Shag Grey

$195
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'3"x7'6" Runner Rug-Asher Abstract Shag Grey as soon as Apr 27 - May 01
Quicklook

2'6"x12' Rug-Traditional Soft Greys

$175
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"x12' Rug-Traditional Soft Greys as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

2'6"x7'3" Rug-Modern Aqua And Grey

$79
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"x7'3" Rug-Modern Aqua And Grey as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

2'6"x12' Rug-Modern Aqua And Grey

$125
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"x12' Rug-Modern Aqua And Grey as soon as Apr 22 - Apr 26
Quicklook

2'6"X7'6" Rug-Magnolia Home Lenna Rust/Charcoal By Joanna Gaines

$129
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'6"X7'6" Rug-Magnolia Home Lenna Rust/Charcoal By Joanna Gaines as soon as Apr 27 - May 01
Quicklook

2'5"x8' Rug-Floral Repeat Blue Rust

$175
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'5"x8' Rug-Floral Repeat Blue Rust as soon as Apr 19 - Apr 23
Quicklook

2'3"X7'6" Rug-Esme Modern Teal/Taupe

$130
This item qualifies for Free Parcel Shipping
Get the 2'3"X7'6" Rug-Esme Modern Teal/Taupe as soon as Apr 24 - Apr 28
Quicklook

— More Great Articles —

Related Categories

Read the Latest

Editorial Disclaimer: Articles featuring tips and advice are intended for educational purposes and only as general recommendations. Always practice personal discretion when using and caring for furniture, decor and related items.