The addition of a rug to an outdoor space is the perfect finishing touch that brings indoor comfort and style to your home. The ideal outdoor rug is durable, and will stand up to significant wear from outdoor elements. While considering the outdoor rug best suited for your space and needs, LuxeDecor offers a guide to help select the best outdoor patio rug according to material, size, style and care.
Material is the principal factor that determines a rug’s utility for outdoor use. Outdoor patio rugs are typically constructed either from synthetic fibers or natural fibers.
Synthetic fibers display the same look of high-quality natural fibers (such as wool) and are typically machine woven. Because of the chemical make up and compounds of manufactured fibers, synthetic fibers are non-porous which them easy to clean and stain resistant. Manufactured synthetic fiber rugs display a lower price. The most common synthetic rugs include:
Benefits: Durable in moist/wet conditions, easy to clean, lightweight, inexpensive
Natural fibers are extremely durable, and are naturally renewable, biodegradable, and sustainable. Because of its high quality, natural fiber rugs provide unmatched aesthetic value with its soft feel, and characteristic durability that holds up against wear. However, it must be noted that natural fiber rugs do not perform well in damp and wet conditions. Moisture can deteriorate natural fiber rugs with fading, and is not mildew resistant. The most common natural fiber rugs include:
Benefits: Unparalleled aesthetic qualities, soft texture, durable, eco-friendly
Choosing the right rug can transform the overall look of any space. When selecting the best area rugs to cover an outdoor space, the same principles apply as those for indoor rugs. Consider the space of your outdoor area, paying close attention to your furniture set-up and the architecture. An entryway rug will add a welcoming note to your doorstep, while also preventing dirt and debris from tracking into your home. Longer runner rugs can add a vibrant tone to narrow balconies, porches, and walkways, while large area rugs are best for dining and seating areas. If you’re covering a large area, the general rule of thumb to follow is to choose a rug that is 12-24 inches shorter than the edge of the perimeter of the outdoor space. Standard area rug sizes by area size include:
Area Size (In Feet)
Recommended Area Rug Size (In Feet)
4 x 6 to 5 x 7
3 x 5
6 x 9 to 7 x 10
5 x 8
9 x 11 to 10 x 12
8 x 10
10 x 13 to 11 x 14
9 x 12
11 x 16 to 12 x 17
12 x 14
Striped rugs are an outdoor classic style which can add stylish edge with its vertical or horizontal patterns.
Geometric Patterned Rugs
From animal prints, chevron styles, Moroccan motifs, and quatrefoil patterns, geometric patterned rugs add a considerable amount of style to your outdoor space. These bold patterns make decorating a breeze and set the tone for your entire backyard space.
Solid Colored Rugs
No matter what color appeals to you, solid colored rugs are a simple way to bring a space together. You can bring a coordinated look to your outdoor space simply by choosing a color theme and matching accessories with a solid colored rug.
Functional and decorative, bordered rugs add a bit more visual interest than a straightforward bordered rug. The border adds an effortless decorative element for those who shy away from patterns.