The 7 Best Outdoor Rugs for Patios, Porches, and Decks
When shopping for the best outdoor rug, it's important to keep in mind that not all rugs are suitable for outdoor use. In addition to choosing a rug style and size, you'll also want to consider the materials it's made of as well as where you plan to place it.
"If you're going to be frequently hosting and toasting patio hours, or this will be the family hangout at home, then you'll need it to be able to withstand heavy foot traffic, frequent spills, and potentially even paw prints," said Heather Goerzen, design editor for Havenly.
Because there are so many outdoor rugs on the market, it can be hard to decide which are durable, stylish, and worth the money. To help you find the right fit for your outdoor space, we researched the best outdoor rugs, keeping in mind size, material, and design.
Overall, we recommend Ruggable's Outdoor Juneau Rug because it's offered in multiple sizes and colors, is made with weather-resistant material, and is a two-part system that's easy to clean.
To help narrow down your choices, here are the best outdoor rugs.
- Best Overall: Ruggable Outdoor Juneau Rug
- Best Budget: Safavieh Courtyard Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug
- Best Splurge: Outer 1188 Eco-Friendly Outdoor Rug
- Best Indoor-Outdoor: Lulu and Georgia Ember Indoor-Outdoor Rug
- Best for Patios: Jaipur Living Fathom Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug
- Best for Decks: Breakwater Bay Sania Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug
- Best for Porches: Pottery Barn Vera Indoor-Outdoor Rug
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Ruggable Outdoor Juneau Rug
Best Budget: Safavieh Courtyard Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug
Best Splurge: Outer 1188 Eco-Friendly Outdoor Rug
Best Indoor-Outdoor: Lulu and Georgia Ember Indoor-Outdoor Rug
Best for Patios: Jaipur Living Fathom Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug
Best for Decks: Breakwater Bay Sania Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug
Best for Porches: Pottery Barn Vera Indoor-Outdoor Rug
The Bottom Line
Overall, we recommend the Ruggable Outdoor Juneau Rug as the best outdoor rug because it's durable, offered in multiple sizes and colors and is easy to clean, so you can keep it in shape through the summer season and beyond. For a budget-friendly option, consider the Safavieh Courtyard Indoor-Outdoor Area Rug. The rug is offered in multiple sizes and shapes and is made of a durable material.
What to Know About Outdoor Rugs Before Shopping
Whether you're decorating an open-air patio or a covered porch, the location of your rug plays a key role in selecting the best outdoor rug for you. Though most, if not all, outdoor rugs are made with a durable material, some can handle more wear and tear than others.
"First things first, consider where your outdoor rug is going: an open patio demands harder working materials to handle the elements than a covered porch, which still needs to be able to tolerate moisture," Goerzen said. "From there, it's all about your goals for your outdoor space."
Whether you plan to throw dinner parties often or you just want a gathering spot for your family, you'll want to ensure you choose a rug that can handle heavy foot traffic, as well as spills and muddy paw prints.
Since the best outdoor rugs will have to withstand various weather conditions, as well as foot traffic, dirt, and other stains, the material of the rug is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider. Outdoor rugs are typically made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyester, or polypropylene.
"Weather-resistant durability is key for keeping outdoor rugs looking good in all elements," Goerzen said. "Look for recycled plastic materials, like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polyester—with sustainability bonus points if it's been recycled. Not only will these strong materials hold up under sun or rain and be easy to clean, they also feature a lovely flat-woven appearance and feel soft underfoot. For covered patios, consider sisal or jute for a trending organic texture."
According to Goerzen, the best outdoor rugs are not one size fits all. Instead, she recommended making sure your rug is properly scaled to your outdoor furniture pieces.
"The same indoor rug rules apply outside: Make sure at least the front two legs of all pieces of furniture can sit comfortably on the rug, if not all the legs," she said. "Typically, for a larger sectional or sofa and chair combo, you'll be looking at an 8 x 10 or larger. However, if you have a smaller outdoor [setup], like a bistro set or couple of accent chairs, a 4 x 6 or 5 x 8 should suit you just fine."
Your Questions, Answered
How do you style an outdoor rug?
Overall, styling an outdoor rug is all about your own personal style, as well as any furniture and decor you may already have. If you're still not sure where to start, Goerzen recommends using your outdoor surroundings to guide you.
"Let nature be your inspiration for the perfect patio paradise, including your outdoor rug selection. The goal is an outdoor space that's as calming as it is refreshing; balanced as it is beautiful. Lean into minimalist neutrals and blacks, as well as trending earth tones, like terracottas, sage greens, and dusty blue," she said. "Keep to quiet patterns, like timeless stripes, classic plaids, modern geometrics, or even a hint of global-inspiration. This will give you more versatility when it comes to mixing and matching pillows and textiles."
How do you clean an outdoor rug?
Like indoor rugs, an outdoor rug will need a good cleaning, especially if it experiences heavy foot traffic and stains from entertaining. Though each rug comes with their own cleaning instructions, typically it can just be vacuumed, spot cleaned, or even hosed down to keep it in good shape.
Who We Are
Jamie Weissman is a commerce editor for Better Homes & Gardens. For two years, she's written about a variety of home products. To make this list, she spent hours researching outdoor rugs, keeping in mind each style's material, size, and design. She also consulted Heather Goerzen, a design editor for Havenly.