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Outdoor Rug Buying Guide

How to Choose an Outdoor Rug

Give your patio, deck, or porch a whole new look with an outdoor rug. Available in every style under the sun, outdoor rugs offer an easy way to add color and pattern to your outdoor space. If you choose a large outdoor rug, it's also a nice way to keep your outdoor space clean and protect the deck wood or patio pavers beneath it. Just like indoor area rugs, outdoor rugs are both functional and stylish. Place an outdoor rug beneath a dining table or seating area or define the grouping, or layer several outdoor rugs for an eclectic, global look. Unlike indoor rugs, outdoor rugs are generally made of long-lasting materials that will hold up to all types of weather and resist stains and fading. Keep reading for more outdoor rug shopping advice.

Outdoor Rug Sizing and Shape

  • Pay attention to architecture, such as pillars, fireplaces, or fountains
  • Consider the space of your outdoor space when choosing the shape of your rug. Round patio tables look nice over round rugs, while outdoor seating groupings can be nicely defined by a square or rectangular rug.
  • Around an outdoor dining table, you should be able to pull out all of the chairs and have the chair legs remain on the rug. Generally, the rug should be at least 2 feet wider than the table on all sides.
  • Outdoor rugs should be big enough so that at least the front legs of all major pieces of furniture in a grouping can be place on the rug.
  • Oversized outdoor rugs can cover the majority of a deck or patio. 

Outdoor Rug Material Choices

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  • Examples: Polypropylene or acrylic
  • Benefits: Vibrant colors, can get wet, dry quickly, lightweight, inexpensive
  • Good to Know: Synthetic rugs are not as plush and soft as indoor area rugs.

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  • Examples: Bamboo or sisal
  • Benefits: Nice texture, durable
  • Good to Know: Natural rugs can mildew or be destroyed if exposed to too much moisure.

Outdoor Rug Care and Maintenance

  • Cleaning recommendations vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
  • In general, it is safe to clean your outdoor rug with a hose, scrub brush, and diluted dish soap.
  • Be sure to clean both sides.
  • After cleaning, let your rug dry in the sun.
  • Clean your rug as needed, monthly, and at the start and end of the season.
  • In cold climates, it's important to store your rug during snowy, icy months.
  • When storing your rug, roll it up—never fold.
  • If you don't have space to store your rug in in a dry, indoor space, roll it up and cover in plastic under your deck or in the garage.
  • Keep your rug looking new by removing moss and algae with diluted bleach or vinegar. 
Bring the durability of outdoor rugs indoors by using them in your kitchen, kids' room, or any area that's prone to messes!

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