What to look for in an outdoor rug

what to look for in an outdoor rug

Outdoor rugs can look fantastic on a patio or porch, and they can brighten up your exterior living areas. Many people do not realise that rugs can be made for the outdoors, and always think of rugs as features of the indoors. This is not so! Rugs can be used anywhere and they function for the same purposes – comfort, protection and aesthetic affects. This article is about what to look for in an outdoor rug.

If you have young children who enjoy playing in the outdoors, why not consider laying an outdoor rug down for them, so that they have their own comfortable play space. If you are setting up tables and chairs, you might decide to lay a nice rug underneath so that you define the outdoor living area, and provide a warm place for people to rest their feet. There are many uses for outdoor rugs, and when you start browsing through them, you will surely be inspired to add them into your own home.

Outdoor Rug colour

The colour of an outdoor rug is important, because it will be walked on with dirty feet. A darker colour like black, grey or dark blue will hide any stains or dirt that gets trampled into it. You will not be able to see smudge marks and scratches on these colours, which will ensure that your rug remains looking presentable at all times.

An outdoor rug should also have an appropriate colour for your décor. It should match the furniture and accessories that you have around it, and it should complement the colouring of the flooring that it is placed on.

Outdoor Rug sizes

An outdoor rug should be appropriately sized for the space that it is being placed in. You should measure your porch, patio or deck to ensure that you are purchasing a rug that is the correct size for it. Even if you have a very large space to put your rug in, consider if you are trying to define a living space with it. Do you want to place items of furniture on top of it or around it? Ensure that your rug is not too big or too small for this purpose.

Rug materials

When you are learning what to look for in an outdoor rug, consider materials. Some rugs are made for the indoors, because of their chosen fabric. They will not be tough enough to withstand outdoor use, including the weather and people walking all over them in dirty shoes. Fully synthetic materials are an excellent choice for rugs that will be used outdoors, because they survive the damp. They will not collect mold or become soaked, and they will be durable to last a long time.

Rug purpose

What will your outdoor rug be used for? Will it mainly serve decorative purposes, or are you simply seeking a rug that is practical and protective. The purpose of your rug will help you decide what type you select. Remember that all good rug providers will be able to provide you with samples of their rugs, so that you can test them in the exact location that you will be using them in. You will be able to inspect the materials, the colours and other outstanding features of them in your own home, before committing to the purchase. These are all things to consider when learning about what to look for in an outdoor rug.


Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.


Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide