March 29, 2022

Hallway Runner Guide: How to Choose the Right Size & Style for Your Home

Pulling down hallway runners has many benefits. Not only will they protect your floor, but they also look great. A hallway is a high-traffic area that generally attracts a lot of dirt and debris from outside.

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A good runner will help collect these particles from the floor and stop them from being further spread to other parts of the house Hallway runners are also great noise insulators and protect your floors from UV damage. If you're considering buying a hallway runner, this article will guide you on how to choose the right size and style for your home.

Step 1: Always take your measurements first

Measure your hallway using a tape measure, or get a professional to do it for you. Generally, it's good to have a 10-15cm gap of visible flooring around the runner on all sides. It's also no problem if you have a wider floor gap visible at each end if you have a long hallway. Laurence of La Brea has the most exotic runners in sizes of 3m, 4m, 5m long, and 80cm wide, which should be suitable hallways. To get the right size that fits your hallway on our site, click on your preferred item. Alternatively, you can chat with our customer service about your preferences.If you have a very long hallway, you can purchase two small hallway runners then enjoin them at the ends to fit the hallway. Another option is to stitch them together by an overlocker permanently.

Step 2: Decide on your material

Choosing the right material quality you desire goes a long way in meeting your anticipation in this journey of pulling down the right rug for your hallway. Here are some materials in our stock for your consideration.


Wool is the most popular choice fiber for rugs because of its hardwearing and soft nature. Wool is long-lasting and luxurious under the feet and great for high traffic areas. However, wool acquires stains faster than other fibers, so immediate cleanup is recommended whenever a spill or stain is noticed. The rugs made of wool are a bit higher than synthetic rugs.

BCF Polypropylene

Compared to the heat-set poly and wool rugs, they are generally less expensive and won't wear as hard as their counterparts. Moreover, these rugs last for years if well cared for, therefore a good option for buyers on a tight budget.

Heatset Polypropylene

Rugs made of this material feel very soft to the touch and are one of the hardest-wearing piles. It's stain-resistant, therefore, a good choice for high-traffic areas.

Jute and Sisal

These rugs have a natural look that brings an organic feel to your hallway. They feel slightly harsher under the feet than the other types and generally stain faster. Cleaning up your stains as soon as they are noticed is essential for these types of rugs.

Step 3: Choose your style and color

Lawrence of La Brea antique rugs: At Lawrence of La Brea, we provide you with a collection of antique rugs that will make a dull hallway look exceptionally sophisticated. Antique rugs are more than 80 years old with unique weave designs and made of hand-spun wool. Because of the exquisite nature of antique rugs, these rugs are more costly than their contemporary counterparts. Check out the Lawrence of La Brea website for picturesque antique rugs that will best suit your space.Your personal preference will come into play here. Choose a hallway runner that will match the style and décor of your home. There are various styles to choose from, such as traditional runners, modern runners, natural fiber runners, etcetera.Traditional runners: Tend to go well with wooden floors, giving the hallway an inviting feel. This type of runner comes in handy, particularly if your interior décor has a more traditional style. Modern runners: Modern runners go well with tiled and wooden floors. At Lawrence of La Brea, we have a variety of contemporary designer runway rugs that will give your hallway a rich and welcoming sense of style. An exquisite designer runway rug sets the tone for the class in the rest of your house. Natural fiber runners: These runners have a more natural look with some great earthy tones that provide an inviting feel in your hallway.


Colour preference is an individual choice, but we can offer some tips for selecting a great runner for your hallway. It's advisable to match your hallway runner with the color of your hallway painting. For example, if your hallway is painted neutral, use a rug with a bolder color to add some flair to the space. You should also consider the color that matches that of your house's other rugs and décor.

Pile thickness

Lastly, it would be best to consider the pile height of your runner. It's important to check whether the rug will fit under the doors that may open into the hallway. A shag runner can be a great choice if you are looking for something soft underfoot. If you have children and pets and are looking for a rug that's easy to clean, then a flat weave pile might be a great choice for you. Heat-set propylene rugs are also a great choice for the hardwearing option and are easy to clean.

Why Lawrence of La Brea?

If you're looking for a sophisticated and unique collection of antique rugs, then Lawrence of La Brea is the right place to come to. At Lawrence of La Brea, you'll find everything that you need. We have a collection of antique rugs with exotic styles that will display your personality and expression in your hallway.

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