Outdoor Rugs Buying Guide

There's no reason to ignore your feet when you're outside. Pretty outdoor rugs keep dirt and debris at bay and add color and texture to outdoor living areas.

Types of Outdoor Rugs

Types of Outdoor Rugs

We're beginning to embrace our outdoors as much as our indoors—and that includes creating rooms and coordinating truly decorated outdoor spaces. Luckily, the evolution of fabrics, finishings, and furnishings has made it possible to infuse our outdoor living, dining, and cooking spaces with as much color and style as our indoor ones. One product that has made big strides is outdoor rugs. Here's an overview to help you "ground" your outdoor rooms.

Doormat

These heavy-duty outdoor rugs are designed to lay in front of a door to scrape shoes and catch as much dirt and debris as possible. They are often a combination of decorative and functional.

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Area

Outdoor area rugs are most often medium-size, designed to sit in front of an outdoor sofa or other gathering space. They resemble indoor rugs in color and pattern, with the difference being that they are made from heavy-duty materials to withstand the elements.

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nuLOOM
$80.73 $78.68

At nuLOOM we believe that floor coverings and art should not be mutually exclusive. Founded with a desire to push boundaries and b...reak the rules of what is expected from an area rug, nuLOOM was created to fill the void between brilliant design and creations infuse our expertise in producing high quality floor coverings with our passion for nature’s wonders and art. read more

nuLOOM
$201.89 $201.88

At nuLOOM we believe that floor coverings and art should not be mutually exclusive. Founded with a desire to push boundaries and b...reak the rules of what is expected from an area rug, nuLOOM was created to fill the void between brilliant design and creations infuse our expertise in producing high quality floor coverings with our passion for nature’s wonders and art. read more

NOVICA
$896.00

This indoor outdoor flatweave is inspired by the traditional kilims of the desert region, with both warm and bright colors.

Momeni
$148.99 $118.99

Bold and exciting colors patterns allow trend-conscious customers to create their ultimate indoor/outdoor oasis.  Baja thrives on ...simple graphic patterns with a refreshing twist of runway fashion and lively color palettes.  Machine-made in Egypt of 100% polypropylene and approved for use outdoors. read more

Oversize

Oversize, extra-large outdoor rugs may cover an entire patio or deck. They are excellent when used to divide outdoor spaces into separate "rooms" devoted to different functions.

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Product Features

Product Features

Although the types—doormat, area, oversize—have remained the same, the options have increased for product features. No longer are homeowners looking for practical ways to clean dirty shoes limited to black rubberized doormats. Newer ones made of abrasive but pretty and textural coir may be a solution. Color and pattern have also taken turns for the better, as have weave and nonslip backing. This overview will help you know what to look for when you make your shopping decisions.

Material

Outdoor rugs were once mostly heavy-duty, manufactured items such as rubber and plastic. Newer protective technologies have made it possible for other materials—cotton blends and sisal, for example—to be used as outdoor rugs.

Color and Pattern

Love bold, tropical stripes in an indoor room? You can probably find an area rug for outside, too. Want a pattern that includes nature-inspired images? There's likely a doormat that will work. These days, there are plenty of options for color and pattern for outdoor rugs.

Weave

The weave of an outdoor rug will affect how it looks as well as how it feels. Open-weave type outdoor rugs may allow dirt and debris to pass through more easily.

Nonslip Backing

Regardless of the style and color of an outdoor rug, a nonslip backing will ensure the rug does not easily move. Some rugs may have integrated elements that help with this; others may need some sort of backing.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Pick the right type and the right product features, and your outdoor rug selections can last you for years—not only weathering rain, sun, and wind, but withstanding daily traffic from quiet evening dinners on the patio to graduations and parties on the porch. But specific purchase considerations will make an impact on both your enjoyment and your product's life span. Those include cleaning and storage. Here's help as you review outdoor rugs.

Cleaning

Even with advances in technology and fabric, outdoor rugs will get dirty—and will need to be cleaned. Make sure to thoroughly understand your rug's requirements; some may need little care beyond a hose and scrub brush, while others have more stringent cleaning demands.

Storage

For cooler-weather climates in particular, outdoor rugs may need to be stored indoors once mild seasons have passed. Make sure you have adequate space that's cool and dry.

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Safavieh
$180.94 $117.38

This Safavieh Florida Shag Awakening Rectangular Pile Rug offers luxurious comfort and unique styling with a raised high-low pile.... Provide both soft comfort underfoot and great style all in one. read more

Admire Home Living
$42.49 $29.74

Complete your entryway with this stylish floral runner rug. Place it in your hallway to draw the eye towards your living room, lay... it in a high-traffic area to protect your floors, or put it on carpet to add texture and appeal to your room. The neutral... read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$59.00 $50.93

This Better Homes and Gardens Greek Key Indoor/Outdoor Rug is made of easy to clean polypropylene. This loop woven rug is soft und...er feet and the classic Greek key design is easy to decorate with. A covered area will extend the life of your rug outdoors. This durable rug is also ideal for high-traffic areas inside the house. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$32.97 $25.97

Brighten up your room with the Better Homes and Gardens Rug, Suzani. This decorative accent features colorful medallions in warm r...eds, blues and yellows on a cream background for a contemporary and chic look. It is made with Olefin yarn. It is also stain resistant, so it can be used in higher-traffic areas. Durable construction makes this stain-resistant area rug a nice addition to the living room, family room or bedroom. It is warm and inviting. The contemporary and stylish look of this multicolored Olefin area rug is sure to match most decors. Since it is colorfast, it will keep its colors through years of use and cleaning. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.97 $9.07

Better Homes and Gardens Extra Soft Chevron Bath Rug:Durable and colorfast100 percent nylon pileSkid-resistant latex backingMachin...e washableAvailable in sizes 20" x 30" (50.8 cm x 76.2 cm) and 23" x 38" (58.42 cm x 96.52 cm)Various colors available read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$254.36 $211.97

Bring modern sophistication into your living space with the Better Homes and Gardens Circle Block Rug. Visual verve is the signatu...re of this beautiful piece. It features tan, brown and aqua tones, converging in luminous rings and circles, side by side in a textured checkerboard. This contemporary area rug fills any space with alluring charm and sophisticated refinement. The earth tone color palette gives a warm and welcoming look to any room in your home. The rug is made of 100-percent nylon with a 100-percent latex skid-resistant backing. It exhibits strength, stain resistance and excellent uniformity. This attractive Better Homes and Gardens Circle Block Rug is available in various sizes sure to accommodate your home's decor. It's easy to maintain, offers comfort and features a modern design for today's lifestyle. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$254.36 $211.97

What better way to bring warmth and color into your indoors than with the Better Homes and Gardens Cameron Rug. It blends stylish ...texture with a kaleidoscope of exciting colors to create visual interest in your room. Embossed with lush greens, exotic reds and cool browns, it makes a picture-perfect expression of daring home decor. The accent area rug is soft and gentle to the touch, making it an ideal addition to any setting The top is made exclusively of nylon for comfort every time you walk across it, while the backing is 100 percent skid-resistant latex, preventing it from sliding and shifting out of position. This helps eliminates the risk of accidental falls and slips. The Cameron area rug is easy to maintain, empowering trouble-free use even in highly trafficked areas. The contemporary abstract design enhances bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms or even in office settings. It's available in various sizes for added convenience. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$19.87 $13.93

Better Homes and Gardens Diamond Stripe Rug:Handwoven100 percent CottonDurable constructionEasy care — machine washable

Better Homes and Gardens
$19.97 $17.97

Better Homes and Gardens Shag Runner, Brown:Dimensions: 22" x 60" (56 cm x 152 cm)100 percent PolyesterSpot clean with clear dish ...detergent and vacuum only, see care instructions for more detailDo not dry clean or bleachMade in India read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$176.36 $146.97

Better Homes and Gardens Shag Area Rug, Brown:Dimensions: 8' x 10' (244 cm x 305 cm)100 percent PolyesterSpot clean with clear dis...h detergent and vacuum only, see care instructions for more detailDo not dry clean or bleachMade in India read more

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