Y’all know I love entertaining and spending time outdoors? More and more people are creating cozy outdoor living spaces in order to provide a safe environment for friends and family to gather. I love using rugs to define my outdoor spaces.
I’d like to share How To Choose The Perfect Outdoor Rug for your outdoor spaces such as porches, decks and front doors. A simple rug can completely transform an open space into a cozy conversation area or the perfect dining space. However, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a new rug. In addition to the color and design, it’s important to consider the size, materials, purpose and designated location.
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Choosing the Design and Color Scheme
This is the first thing most people think about when choosing a rug because it’s the fun part. You will want to consider your overall color choices and fabric patterns when making this decision. A neutral rug will allow for any combination of materials in cushions, pillows and tableware – so it’s always a safe choice. However, there are so many fun rug choices out there and if you are good at mixing patterns, just go for it.
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Now, let’s talk about the serious decisions when choosing an outdoor rug.
Suggested outdoor rug Materials
There are so many beautiful options for outdoor rugs, however you do need to consider the environment that your rug will be exposed to prior to making a purchase.
Almost all quality outdoor rugs are made from materials that are water resistant as well as resistant to mold, mildew and fading. They can withstand being exposed to the elements such as sun, rain, snow, etc. However, there are a few things to consider if the rug is exposed with no protection (such as a roof, screens, canopy or an overhang).
If you are purchasing a rug for an open area, consider a light weight, little to no pile rug made from 100% synthetic fibers. The synthetic fibers, such as Polypropylene (Olefin), Polyester and Nylon will not absorb water as easily, and therefore will last longer in an exposed area.
If you plan to use your rug in a covered area, you will still want to choose a rug made for outdoors. These areas are still exposed to moisture, sun and possibly mold issues. However, you can choose a softer, hand hooked, medium pile rug safely, since it will not be exposed to direct rain water. .
Outdoor Rug Size
Outdoor rugs are available in a multitude of sizes and shapes. In order to choose the right size rug, here are a few rules of thumb.
To create a seating area on a porch or deck
If you are purchasing a rug to create a seating area, you first should consider the furniture arrangement. Then, measure out the space for all the seating and tables. A good rule of thumb is the size should allow front legs of each chair or sofa to rest on the rug, at a minimum. If the rug is in a confined space, such as porch rug, allow 12-24 inches between the wall and the rug.
Perfect Outdoor Rug for Dining area
When choosing an outdoor rug for a round table, a round rug works best. A round rug should be approximately 30-48 inches larger than the tabletop. However, depending on the space, a square rug will also look nice. Oval and rectangle tables will show best on a rectangle shaped rug.
Regardless of the rug shape, you want to allow for chairs to be pulled away from the table comfortably without falling off the rug. When in doubt, allow 24 inches from the edge of the table top, in all directions to be safe. Since outdoor tables and chairs vary, if you already own them, pull a chair away from the table to allow for comfortable exit and measure the distance.
Choosing an outdoor Rug for entry Doors
A typical outdoor rug for a front door is 18×30 and is appropriate for a standard door. To make a bolder statement, choose a larger size, 24 by 36 or so, to completely fill the doorway.
Because I have a deep porch and french doors, I chose a porch rug that is 43″ by 67″. To appear large enough, the rug should cover the width of the doorway at least to the door frame.
Indoor Rugs – Outdoors?
What if you want to use an indoor rug, temporarily outdoors?
I have used this inexpensive rug, you see below, in many places inside and out. It’s light weight and easy to move around, however it’s not an outdoor rug. I used it on my porch for Valentines Day and it was outside for a couple of weeks.
In order to protect the rug, I sprayed it with Rust-oleum Never Wet. I use this product on pillows, rugs, table runner’s, etc. Any fabric item that is not recommended for outdoor use.
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One other consideration at the entry doors is do you need a decorative rug or a functional rug? A functional rug will be made from materials designed to trap the dirt and prevent it from entering your home. Most rug descriptions will determine the effectiveness of the rug for trapping dirt.
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Final Outdoor Rug tips
As an outdoor entertaining enthusiast, I have several outdoor rugs that I have used for several years. Although outdoor rugs are more durable, I still care for them by storing in the off season.
In addition, after a heavy rain, I will hang the rugs to dry. Doing so will definitely prolong the life of your rug, which allows you to use the rugs in different outdoor areas. Rotating your rugs and using them in different outdoor spaces, will make the purchase worthwhile for several season.
I hope these tips help you to choose a rug to create a fun outdoor living area.
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