Which Outdoor Rug Is Best For Me?

A great looking sustainable outdoor rug is a very nice compliment to any outdoor living area. Not only are they appealing but offer some cushion to the feet, especially for the ones who decide to go barefoot. Like any other piece of backyard furniture, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Rug Material

As with most any kind of rug, indoor or outdoor, there are multiple different materials to choose from. Outdoor rugs typically come in natural fibers, synthetic or plastic. Each has their own unique characteristics and depending on the environment, one may be better suited for you than the other.

Natural Fibers

If your rug is going to be in your three or four seasons room most of its life, it is not as critical you have a waterproof rug. Natural fiber rugs such as sisal, hemp, and seagrass should be kept in a covered area and avoid moisture. These will dramatically enhance your space while adding warmth, texture, and sound absorbent qualities.


Synthetic rugs have combined elegance and durability along with an array of colorful options. They can be exposed to water and still will not grow mold and mildew. Acrylic rugs are another viable option that will resist water damage and also has stain-resistant characteristics.

Regardless of the synthetic you choose to go with, you will want to ensure that the material is also UV resistant. Most are but you will find some that are not.  Also, the synthetic materials tend to offer more vibrant options in colors and design vs the natural rugs.

Remeber, if you happen to fall in love with one that is not 100% waterproof, it is not the end of the world as their are products that can be applied to make them so. Another benefit of the synthetics is the weight. This can become a factor when it comes time to clean or store the rug.


Whether it’s natural or synthetic, black or white, it still needs to be cared for appropriately. Fortunately, this task is usually as simple as rinsing with a mild detergent and simply letting dry.

If the rug is exposed to sunlight and rain all year long you will want to do this more often and re-treat the rug with any kind of protectant as desired. Otherwise, you can expect to replace it every 2-3 years, depending on the harshness of environment.

Out With The Old, In With The New

So, if your old patio is lookin a little blah, an outdoor rug is a perfect way to spice things up a bit for a very reasonable price. Whichever route you decide to take, I’m sure you will be happy with the outcome for years of enjoyment.