• Indoor Outdoor Rugs Trends + 4 DIY Outdoor Rug Tutorials


    Indoor outdoor rugs are still a big trend. What I love is that outdoor area rugs are perfect for the porch, pool, patio, small courtyard, terraces or balcony. Textured to be soft, washable and highly durable, you can use an indoor outdoor rug anywhere and for any occasion. Oriental designs are popular, but the trend for outdoor rugs for patios is bold colors and patterns, florals, geometrics and botanicals. This post covers what materials your rug should be made of, how to care for your rug and even how to make your own DIY outdoor rug.

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    Layer your rugs like this idea below using sisal outdoor rugs underneath with a striped outdoor rug on top. It adds color and interest and defines the two separate entertaining areas.

    Indoor outdoor carpet is great for gardens, porches and patios, terraces and outdoor kitchens. The colors, patterns and textures are so luxurious they look great with almost any outdoor seating and decor.

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    Source: Striped Rugs at One Kings Lane

    So, why not use an outdoor rug inside? They are easy to clean and durable; great for kitchen, entry, laundry or mudroom… it just makes sense if there is ever a spill, muddy shoe print or lots of traffic. And if it contains polypropylene, common in outdoor rugs, it will have the softness of cotton with all the stain-resistance and quick-drying you need to make life easier.


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    Outdoor rugs work so well because they define your outdoor space; creating boundaries like invisible walls. Feeling more like a room; cozy and intimate.

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    This is a perfect solution if your patio floor is worn. Use a large rug to cover the majority of the space; choose a plain, hard wearing, waterproof rug and add a more colorful rug over the top. This double layer of carpets will also absorb any creaks old porches might have.

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    Outdoor carpets are beautifully designed to introduce a feeling of luxury to your outdoor living spaces – and unlimited decorating potential for any style of outdoor space and perfect for any outdoor entertaining.

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    You can change the entire look of your outdoor area without changing out the furnishings by adding a bright or bold geometric rug – and without too much heavy lifting. The bigger the rug, and pattern, the larger the space will feel, and the greater the impact.


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    Apart from looking great – the latest indoor outdoor carpet styles are mold, mildew & moisture resistant and some resist fading from exposure to UV rays. Check tags before buying. If you buy the real deal this means they won’t:

    1. rot or smell,
    2. fray or zipper,
    3. is stain resistant
    4. and insect resistant.

    Which Materials Make the Best Outdoor Rugs?

    Outdoor rugs can be made from nylon, polyester, polypropylene and bamboo. Bamboo is popular and best used in a covered area. Jute and sisal rugs are very popular, but moisture and humidity will break down the fibers. Check labels for UV protection and water resistance.

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    Polypropylene outdoor rugs are softly textured underfoot. They are easy to care for with regular vacuuming and can be spot-cleaned with mild detergent and water. Make sure its 100 percent polypropylene. The tag should also say that the rug is UV-stabilized to resist fading, mold and mildew, and weather-resistant.

    Even though outdoor rugs for decks and patios are practically indestructible, it’s still important to lift and hang your rug over a railing after it rains to dry out. This will prevent mildew and rot between your rug and the underlying floor and prevent any damage.

    Avoid fabric borders on outdoor rugs. They often deteriorate faster than the rest of the rug.

    Here’s a video on the best way to clean your rug and outdoor furniture so it will last longer.

    What Size Outdoor Rug Is Best?

    When looking for out door rugs, be prepared to be overwhelmed by the selection of colors, size rugs, shapes and designs.  Depending on the size of your porch, patio, balcony or outdoor area you have two main options.

    • Go smaller. Make sure all front legs of armchairs, sofas and other seating are on the rug. For a dining table, all chair legs should be on the rug, even when chairs are pulled out and guests are seated. 
    • Go big and let your rug define the space. This might be a more expensive option (aren’t you happy when the sales are on) but the look is more designer with greater impact.. and often means less decorating everywhere else in the space.

    Don’t be afraid to add color. Your outdoor rug can become a feature when you surround it with low-set furniture.

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    Exclusive, stylish and extremely comfortable to walk on with your bare feet, particularly if you add an outdoor rug pad for additional comfort – there are so many large outdoor rugs in a huge variety to help you decorate your outdoor entertaining space.

    Indoor – Outdoor carpet is perfect for areas exposed to the elements and changing weather conditions. Moisture can be a problem and outdoor rugs and carpets are made specifically to deal with moisture as well as the perfect solution to slippery areas.

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    Indoor outdoor area rugs are easy to clean; most of the time all you need to do is hose them off. An outdoor area rug on a porch, outdoor deck rugs or rugs around an outdoor fireplace, are not only incredibly practical but they help to create the ‘room’ effect of any external entertaining are.


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    How do You Look After Your Outdoor Rug?

    Outdoor patio rugs are affordable, stylish and easy to care for. There is no reason why an outdoor rug won’t last for years, if its cared for, so its a good investment, whether you use it indoors or out.

    You may hear some people complain that their rug turned black with mildew or mold and fell apart. Its not their rug that mildewed, its the dirt on the rug. Follow these few steps and you won’t have to replace your rug for years.

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    • An outdoor rug will last longer if they live in a covered area, and are kept clean. Leave it exposed to the elements all year round, and will need to replace it every two to three years. A slatted deck provides better drainage than a concrete patio, but never allow your rug to sit in water, especially if you are expecting prolonged rain.
    • Vacuum or sweep regularly to stop dirt from getting deep into the fibers. Sweep under your rug to prevent damage from mildew or mold.
    • Double check your rug tag for water-resistance and if suitable, hose it down. Hang over a railing for fast drying. Make sure both sides of the rug are dry before you return it to the floor. Clean spills as quickly as possible. 
    • Keep a shoe scrubber by the door to encourage those going inside to wipe any dirt or mud from their shoes to keep the outdoor rug clean.
    • If you are adding a pad underneath your rug, make sure it can withstand the same cleaning techniques you plan to use for the rug. It may not dry as quickly or be mold resistant like your rug.
    • Roll it up for storage when you know you won’t be using it for months at a time.
    • Stains? Scrub with a brush and a solution of mild dish soap and water. Make sure both sides of the rug are dry before you put it back on the floor to prevent mildew. In extreme weather and when you know you won’t be using the rug for long periods of time, go ahead and roll it up for storage.
    • Outdoor rugs indoors? Many outdoor rugs can be used indoors, especially in wet or high traffic areas. There are lots of high quality rugs, great designs and colors for any budget.

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    Source: Wayfair

    See the range of indoor outdoor rugs now on sale at One Kings Lane, Wayfair, ECarpet Gallery and Amazon from $32 or keep reading and create your own!

    DIY Indoor Outdoor Rugs

    You can stripe, stencil, spray paint, roller or brush a your own one-of-a-kind rug for under $50 and a few hours of work. Here are a few easy ways to DIY an outdoor rug using an inexpensive outdoor rug.

    Spray Paint Method – DIY Outdoor Rug


    Source: Tutorial from Design Improvised

    • Inexpensive plain outdoor rug (Target, Walmart or Amazon)
    • 1 roll of 2-inch thick masking tape + drop cloths
    • Outdoor spray paint – Rust-Oleum Painters Touch (3.5 – 5 cans depends on the size and design of your rug).  It’s hard wearing and fade resistant.
    • Create your stripe design with your masking tape, spray paint and wait to dry before using.


    Stripes are an easy design. The rug has been divided into two to create two different stripe colors and designs. You can see the full tutorial from Designed Improvised here

    Roller Paint Method – DIY Outdoor Rug

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    • One indoor/outdoor rug.
    • Paint suitable for outdoor applications. Rustoleum Indoor Outdoor American Accents Midnight Blue in satin. One pint (about $2.65) was enough for this rug project.
    • A small paint roller and paint tray
    • 2″ wide masking tape
    • Newspaper to protect your floor.
    • Tape out a design on your rug. To create a border, tape two inches from the edge this gives a more finished result, no matter what else you add in the center of your rug.
    • using your roller, apply your paint to your taped-off area.


    You can find the tutorial from Curbly here.

    Painted DIY Outdoor Rug

    This DIY method from Addicted2 Decorating is more time consuming but the result is a longer wearing rug. Does this look familiar? It’s a close match to the Wayfair rug in this post above, isn’t it?


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    • One indoor/outdoor area rug
    • Six quarts of latex paint in different colors
    • Masking tape
    • Paint brush
    • Scrubbing brush
    • Tape rug with different sized stripes. Paint into rug fibers then use the scrubbing brush to massage the paint deep into the fibers.
    • Allow to dry overnight then spray the rug with a clear finish specifically designed to protect plastic. (Rustoleum Gloss Clear Painters Touch ) You can find the full tutorial here.

    Stenciled Outdoor Rug

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    • Plain outdoor rug
    • Stencil design
    • Spray Adhesive
    • Spray Paint (6×8 size rug – 3 cans of Valspars Outdoor White used here)
    • Newspaper
    • Spray the back of your stencil with spray adhesive
    • Choose one corner of the rug to place your stencil in
    • Place newspaper around the stencil to protect the rug from drips and splatters
    • Spray the stencil with your paint.  Move quickly without waiting for the paint to dry.
    • To prevent bleeding, spray directly onto the rug, holding your can about 4″ from the rug.

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    They come in a wide variety of stylish and funky colors and patterns and are ideal to use indoors or outdoors in any weather condition.

    Because they are rugs and not carpet installing them is not an issue – the only issue is selecting only one rug. 

5 Responsesso far.

  1. Mary says:

    Love these ideas and the tutorials too. I tried one last year but didn’t protect it with a clear gloss. Great idea.

  2. Steph says:

    This is something I just have to try. And I noticed Lowes has a sale on rugs so no excuses any more. Not sure about all the stripe designs, and I would love a round rug not square, but they didn’t have any.

  3. Somya Choate says:

    Will be doing some of these.

  4. Diane Akhbari says:

    I really want an outdoor rug but think it would be too difficult to hang it to dry each time it gets wet. I bought an indoor/outdoor rug a couple of years ago, not sure of the fabric, but it never dried and was extremely heavy to lift when wet so I dried it out over a couple of days (in the front driveway, hanging over a couple of chairs) and brought it indoors. My patio does not get a lot of sun and does not get very hot. I live in upstate NY. Does this mean I can’t have an outdoor rug on my patio? Does the rug pad really help it dry faster? It seems like it would be yet another layer that will stay wet as well.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Diane
      you are right in thinking the type of fabric you have will make all the difference to drying times. Synthetics are always best outside. I don’t think they should be washed often, due to the weight etc. of a wet rug. Maintenance is key. Clean up spills as quickly as possible. Vacuum regularly. This prevents dirt getting deep into fibers and sweep underneath (for the same reason). I’m hoping your rug tag says its water resistant before you hose it down. Try to place your rug over a railing or even better, on an incline, for gravity to take the bulk of the water away. Rug pads help to keep your rug in place and help it to last longer – but like you say, its another layer… so I’m not sure it can help with faster drying.

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