Guide to Buying Outdoor Rugs

Posted on June 15, 2015.

Outdoor rugs or mats do more than just covering your patio, deck, or other outdoor area. They create a serene and welcoming outdoor space that’s why you need to carefully think about which outdoor rug or mat to add to any outdoor area of yours. As buying an outdoor area rug is not as easy as it seems, below are three important things which you might want to consider first before shopping for an outdoor rug or mat.

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Choosing the right material for your outdoor rug should definitely be a priority because you need to make sure that your outdoor rug is durable enough to hold up to the weather.

Natural outdoor rugs, such as made of Bamboo or Sisal, provide a comfortable texture to your feet and are quite durable contrary to what some might believe. However, they often require more maintenance and cleaning as they pick-up mildew if exposed to too much moisture in the cold and rainy seasons.

Polypropylene, Nylon, and Acrylic are some of the materials to which synthetic outdoor rugs are manufactured from. Synthetic outdoor rugs or mats are more resistant to stains and mildew compared to outdoor rugs made of natural materials. They can be easily cleaned with soap and water, and they dry quickly. Synthetic outdoor rugs may not be as soft and fluffy as natural outdoor rugs but their durability and ease of use make-up for this.

Size and Shape

Measuring the size of the area that needs to be covered by the outdoor rug is very important to figure out the specific size needed for the area as well as the shape of the rug you should be looking for. A small-sized outdoor rug may look appropriate to cover the doorstep of your home but might not work for a wide deck area needless to say. Small outdoor rugs can be used as accents and used to fill up vacant spaces of any area.

If you want a bordered look for your patio or deck, try to look for an outdoor rug that is smaller than the floor space of the area. Generally, however, it should be large enough to cover the front legs of your furniture if you are placing it below your furniture. Just make sure that your outdoor rug is not too big for the area you are trying to cover.

Determining the shape of your outdoor rug is equally important as figuring out its size. A round outdoor rug will work perfectly with round tables while a rectangular rug may suffice for your square dining table.

Design and Pattern

Similar to indoor-type of rugs, outdoor rugs and mats also come in an array of colors, designs and patterns. Contemporary, striped, floral, novelty, animal print, oriental, solid, border, traditional, and geometric are just some of the available designs you’ll find in the outdoor rug market.

The number of options you have out there is great but it can also be daunting and may put you off so establishing the design you have in mind is essential. You may either unify the theme of the inside of your house with your outdoor area or experiment by striking a bold statement with your outdoor rug. Just make sure that your outdoor rug compliments the furniture in the area. It’s all up to your personal style and what you feel is suitable.

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