Outdoor rugs can be a great addition to your garden, porch, balcony or deck – adding a bright splash of colour that will enhance the style of any outdoor space. However, these rugs are not just for outdoor use – they’re ideal to use indoors too.
Throughout history, rugs and carpets have been used to add warmth and comfort underfoot – whether they’re used in a mansion, an ordinary home or a tent. Nowadays, we tend to use rugs as a statement piece in a room – in front of the hearth or sofa, or under a table to bring a touch of class to the décor.
Why Choose an Outdoor Rug?
An outdoor rug or two make a great addition to any outdoor seating spaces, making the garden an inviting place to hang out with family and friends. Choosing the right design and colours is essential to make the most of your other garden furniture and accessories and, luckily, there are a wealth of colours, pattern and sizes to choose from, such as:
This means that you can choose a rug that will suit your individual style and colour preferences, adding a vibrant and interesting feature that will be the envy of the neighbourhood.
There are so many spaces where an outdoor rug will add just the right touch of style:
On the patio or deck where it will complement your outdoor furniture and tie the look together, creating a comfortable seating space where you can relax with family and friends.
At the porch area of your home – an outdoor rug will act as a great place to dump any outdoor gear before entering your home.
On the lawn to make sure you don’t get any grass stains on clothing, cushions, etc.
Next to the BBQ, as a focal point for the food serving area.
Beside your pool, where an outdoor rug provides comfort underfoot.
On the beach – an outdoor rug is a great surface to sit or lie on while you enjoy a day at the beach. An added bonus on the beach is that the rug will feel much cooler than the surrounding sand and any sand on the rug can be quickly shaken off at the end of the day.
If that’s not enough to float your boat, remember that these outdoor rugs are also ideal for use inside the home too. They’re water-resistant and easy to clean which makes life (and cleaning up) much easier. Great for kitchens, bathrooms, children’s room and playrooms - an outdoor rug is easy to clean and will protect your carpets or flooring from wear, tear and mess.
These rugs are almost as light as a feather, so if there are any spills (wet or dry), they can be easily lifted and taken outdoors to shake off any debris and crumbs. If you’ve spilled liquid on the rug, just hose it down, leave it to dry for a little while and it will be back in use within an hour.
What to Look for in an Outdoor Rug?
Outdoor rugs come in a wide variety of sizes, materials and designs, so it’s worth spending some time making sure you buy the right outdoor rug for your home or garden. Here are some great tips that you can use when looking for a rugs online:
Make sure you choose an outdoor rug that is durable and can withstand both rain and strong sunshine (make sure it’s UV resistant so that the colours won’t fade).
Look for a rug made from polypropylene as this material is strong and durable and can easily be cleaned by hosing it down. This is also the best material for outdoor rugs as it will withstand most weather conditions.
Think about where you intend to use your outdoor rug and make sure you buy the right size to fill the space. A great way to do this is to arrange your outdoor furniture as you’d like it, then measure the space where the rug will be placed. The legs of any chairs should be at least one foot away from the edges of the rug.
Make sure that you choose a floor rug that will be comfortable underfoot – the ones woven from plastic straws tend to be soft as well as sturdy.
Choose an outdoor rug that is reversible, which means you get two looks for the price of one! Some patterns and designs will be subtly different on the reverse side, whereas others may offer a fairly radical difference in colour distribution.
If you want to make sure your rug is multi-purpose and versatile, choose a size that you can roll up and that will fit into your vehicle if you intend taking it to the beach.
Choose a rug in colours that will complement your outdoor furniture and décor. Choosing the right combination of colours will mean that your rug makes a huge impact and adds style to your seating areas.