Carpet runners are long, narrow rugs meant to be used in hallways, galley kitchens, or other areas of the home where space is narrow, but long. They are also used on stairs, but these models do not have the backing used on carpet runners for the floor. Along with area rugs, this type of carpeting can add a decorative element to hardwood floors while making them warmer and more comfortable to walk on.

Carpet runner are excellent not only for hallways, but also for kitchens. They tend to fit nicely down the length of cabinet and counter space, providing both a cushioned area on which to stand when washing dishes or preparing food and a decorative touch.