Entrances, hallways and stairs
An area rug placed by an entrance, hallway and stairwell, protects the floor while enhancing the decor. Consider purchasing a rug that can handle the high traffic that will occur in these areas. Entrance area rugs usually measure 2′ to 5′ x 4′ to 7′. If there is a hallway off the entrance you may consider a runner. If you have a large vestibule, consider a rug based on its size. When measuring for hallways the rug should continue past any side doors. When considering a runner on the steps, measure the step and riser, counting how many of each and calculating the rug size needed. Add an additional 12″ to 18″ to the length of your calculation so both borders of the rug can be tucked under. Runners can not be installed if you have any half steps or if your stairwell has any curves.