How to buy a hallway runner

How to buy a Hallway Runner

When shopping for a runner for your hallway there are a few important things to consider. Today we’re talking through how to buy a hallway runner and everything you need to consider.

What is a runner?

A runner is basically a long, narrow rug. Available in a wide range of designs and materials, they’re often found in the same patterns & styles as rugs. They are used to add colour and style to hallways mainly but also work in any narrow space. Common placements include in between two single beds, at the foot of a double bed, or in the area between the kitchen sink and an island.

The Honan runner, styled in Rachel Hobbs' home
The Honan runner, styled in Rachel Hobbs’ home

What to consider when shopping for a runner:


It’s very important to measure your space before you buy a runner. While most runners are a standard size, your hallway may be wider or narrower than you think. Measure the available space, allowing for doors to open without being obstructed. When measuring for a hallway runner, you should always allow a space inside the front door. This will ensure that dirty shoes won’t land on your lovely new runner when they arrive in the door!

Woolable hallway runner


The hallway is an area of high foot traffic. Often the centre of the home, it’s important to make sure that you use materials that are hard-wearing and durable. Wool, cotton, jute, sisal and polypropylene are best. All of these are easy to keep and clean and can withstand high traffic.

Avoid runners that are made with viscose or silk. While they are beautifully soft and luxurious, they are not suitable for placement in high-traffic areas of the home. They are harder to keep and clean and so, because of this we recommend keeping them to the living room or bedroom.  


Your hallway is the first impression people get when visiting your home. It is an area where you can really introduce your style and personality. As it is a space we simply pass through, we often tell customers to have a bit of fun here! Opt for something you love but may not want in your main living area. Bold patterns and colours will not only brighten up your hallway, they are also great at hiding stains. 

As your hallway is the introduction to your home, you may want to consider the flow and cohesion of the space. If your decor style is muted and neutral, you don’t want your hallway to feature bright colours that will conflict this. In the same way, if your style is eclectic, then you want that to come across in how you style your entranceway. 

Orla Kiely retro hallway runner
Orla Kiely retro hallway runner


Balance is always key when placing a rug or runner in any space. Take a step back and visually decide where it looks like your runner should sit. If you have any furniture, such as a console table, coat rack or bench in your hallway, you’ll need to place the runner an equal distance between the furniture and the opposite wall. You want to create a defined walkway with your runner so position it equally between doors. Place the runner at least 30cm back from your front door to allow it to open.


As the hallway is an area of high traffic, safety is key here. We recommend you use our rug underlay to prevent your runner from moving around and to help avert accidents. Our underlay is a thin layer that is simply laid out before you place your rug or runner. Watch our Youtube video to see how easy it is to use.

Woolable Runner Steppe - Sheep Grey
Woolable Runner Steppe – Sheep Grey

Some of our most frequently asked questions about runner rugs:

Should you put a runner in the hallway?

Of course, we think the answer here is always yes! Every room of the home can benefit from the addition of a rug, the hallway is no exception. It is the first room people will see when they enter your home and so, the first impression they will see. Adding a runner to your hallway is a chance to express your personality and style. It’s also a great way of adding comfort and warmth to a space that can sometimes feel cavernous. 

What size should a hallway rug be?

The size of your runner will depend on the size of your space. Small narrow hallways should opt for our standard 67 x 230cm size. This option is sometimes available in slightly longer, which is a good choice if your hallway is still narrow, but long. Remember, if your hallway is large and open, a runner may not be the best option! If you can fit a rug in the area, then we recommend you do so. Runners look best in narrower spaces where a rug would not fit.

How do you secure a hallway runner?

As the hallway is a high traffic area of the home, you will need your runner to be safe and secure. Our anti-slip underlay is a thin layer that can be placed on the floor before you lay the rug. It comes pre-cut in runner sizes and can be trimmed at home with a pair of scissors. Simply add it to cart when you are purchasing your runner.

Can you put a runner over carpet?

A runner can be a great way of defining a space or adding personality if the rest of your decor is neutral. Runners can be placed on carpets, but we do recommend that you use our anti-slip underlay. This will ensure the runner doesn’t slide around on your carpet and keep it in place.

Vintage runner in Ciara O'Hallorans Cork apartment
Vintage runner in Ciara O’Hallorans Cork apartment

How to buy a hallway runner?

We hope by now we have covered all the questions you may have on hallway runners! They are the quickest and easiest way to create a visual connection throughout your home and express your interior style. Aesthetic benefits aside, they also add comfort and warmth to your home and help protect your floors.

At, we have a huge selection of hallway runners for sale, with lots available for next day delivery! Remember, shipping throughout Ireland is free on orders over €50. If you’re wondering how to buy a hallway runner and would like help in choosing the right one, then get in touch with our expert team. We’re always happy to help, whether it’s in person, over the phone or by email.

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