Tips for Choosing Outdoor Rugs

Are you looking to learn how to choose your outdoor Patio rug?

You want to make an educated and Budget Friendly Choice.

I get it, it’s hard to do but as the say,”Knowledge is Power”…so “Let’s Go”.  

Wicker Patio Set

Out With The Old in with The New

Spring is officially here, meaning everyone is preparing their outside eating and living spaces.  I am one of those many, wanting it to be perfect is my biggest hurdle. Are you in a similar situation? Let’s do this together!
I had a new patio built last year in place of a wooden deck. It is open to the elements, sun, rain you name it. I need two area rugs for my seating area and the dining area. What to do, what to do, what to do??  


New Location

I am skeptical about getting them. I came from Arizona and my patios were covered so the outdoor rugs always stayed nice and appeared new. I know it will look great and feel great, but my concern is how it will wear and hold water (SW/PA rain). If I had a pergola (which the contractor advised me to have done at the same time) this would have been a no brained and done already. But I don’t, financially the Pergola was not in the Budget. I am worried that I am going to be buying a giant sponge(s). LOL.   

Epoxy Flake Patio Coating-AZ

Aggregate Patio

Epoxy and flake flooring for garage and patio areas is one of the most popular design options among homeowners in Arizona.  That is why I chose that style as a patio addition.

The design options can be customized based on your preferred results. This is what  sold me on this type of flooring design was the following:

Reasons to Choose Epoxy

  • Cost-effective
  • Beautifully covers garage flooring defects
  • Resistant to heat, chemical, shock and water
  • Durable and long-lasting 
  • Easy to maintain
  • Promotes safety
  • Suitable for vehicles
  • Environment-friendly

Aggregate Concrete Patio

Patio concrete aggregate staying in process

Meeting The Neighbors

It just so happens, I am in a neighborhood of Contractors. What are the chances of that?

I learned that my neighbor across the street is a concrete contractor owning his own business, Bury Concrete Patios.  
Invited him over to have him assess my area and I showed him my design for the patio.

A day later I signed a contract, Easy Peasy…. Read Article here, Inspiring Concrete Patio Ideas

New Rug Choices

They say that they clean up easily, look beautiful, and complete a space. In my experience all that I had to do was just blow it off with a leaf blower once a week and they look good as new. I am hoping that after rain showers it will dry out quickly. So I am going to take a “Leap of Faith”.

Now  that I have laid  The Foundation for the patio… Hehehe 🙂

Tag along and as  I provide you with enough information so that you can make educated choices, if you also are in the throes of deciding on an outdoor area rug(s).
My favorite outdoor rug, is in fact the .  So that is what I’m going to look for first. I think that that will solve the problem of looking dirty. Or maybe I will go off the deep end and choose some wild and vibrant colored rug. Let’s just see.

Material is Key

Shopping for rugs- they are categorized into two types of materials:

  • NATURAL FIBERS (this wont work for me but maybe will for you)

Synthetic (polypropylene)- rugs are made either partially or entirely from recycled plastic bottles! Say what???????? These rugs are durable, they are also easy to clean. Mild soap (such as dishwashing soap) and a garden hose.

Nylon– is another very resilient fiber. Nylon is also durable, easy to clean, colorfast, and stain-resistant. On the downside, nylon can become very hot when exposed to direct sunlight.

Polyester– has a lot of positives. (vivid coloration that is resists fading and many stains) Negative- it susceptible to oil-based stains.

Acrylic– appearance of natural fibers, featuring a soft finish that feels cushiony underfoot. Acrylic absorbs and releases moisture readily, which makes it resistant to mold and mildew.


Where to Use an Outdoor Rug:

Think about where you have rugs inside your house; those same spots can be utilized outside. Under the dining table, in front of the sofa and outside of the patio door.
Not only does an outdoor rug complement aesthetically, it can also serve a practical function too. For example, concrete that receives direct summer sun can get very hot, even to where it can burn your feet. A few well placed rugs on a patio, or pool deck will solve this problem, generally without breaking the bank. So far so good…. 

Indoor/outdoor same rules apply to the Size:

There are only two rules of thumb for adding rugs; if you are placing one under a dining table, allow for the chairs to be pulled out.
An extra two feet all around the table will allow for this.
Rectangular or oval tables look best over rectangular rugs; square or round tables are better suited for square or round rugs.
In fact, a round rug under a square table, or a square rug under a round table makes an interesting combination.  I used the later combination in my previous Breakfast Room. I looked very nice.
After all this research and understanding and sharing my surroundings with you …. Which side are you on, rug or no rug? I will be sharing the before and after as I Unfurl the right rug in future posts. I hope this has helped in your decision making and as always share your before and after photos, we all love to see what others have done.

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