How to Choose the Best Outdoor Patio Rugs
As the days get longer and warmer, it’s a great time to give your garden or patio a whole new look. Available in a huge variety of designs and styles under the sun, outdoor rugs offer colour, protection and personalisation to your outdoor space. Before you start to buy, we’ve created a great guide where you can learn more about the best rug materials and placement ideas.
Unlike indoor rugs, outdoor rugs are generally made of long-lasting materials that will hold up against the weather and resist stains and fading. The best outdoor rugs are typically made from a synthetic material. Polypropylene is the most popular outdoor rug material. It is stain-resistant, easy to clean, won’t fade from sunlight and can handle high moisture and heavy foot traffic. Polypropylene is strong and durable and provides the same feel underfoot as a natural fibre rug, but at a more affordable cost. Because of their chemical structure, however, they are highly flammable, so ensure to keep that they away from intense heat – such as fire pits or grills. If you prefer a more natural option, jute and sisal rugs are also great outdoor options. These textured and natural fibre rugs are firm and affordable, making them great for outdoor use. They are biodegradable, eco-friendly, and comfortable underfoot. However, jute is not that easy to clean and both jute and sisal are prone to some fading in direct sunlight and also susceptible to mould and mildew growth. Because of these factors, we recommend keeping jute and sisal rugs under a covered porch or patio.
Just like indoor area rugs, outdoor rugs are also both functional and stylish. Ideally you will want your outdoor patio rug in a space where it can provide both. Place your rug beneath a dining table or seating area to highlight the space – it will also be handy to catch any falling crumbs! Another home for your outdoor patio/garden rug is under a grouping of furniture – it will protect the surface of your deck from being scratched and will define the grouping as one uniform space. Another option is to try placing your rug in a high-traffic area of your patio/garden to make sure shoes don’t carry lots of dirt into the house.
Sizing & Shape:
Consider the space of your outdoor area when choosing the shape of your rug. If you choose a large outdoor rug, it should cover the majority of your deck or patio. If your rug will be sitting under a grouping of furniture, it should be big enough so that the front legs of all major pieces of furniture are placed on the rug. If your rug is placed under an outdoor dining table, you should be able to pull out all the chairs and have their legs remain on the rug. Generally, the rug should be two foot wider than the table on all sides. Round patio table look great over round rugs, whilst outdoor seating groupings can be nicely defined by a square or rectangular rug.
Rug Care & Maintenance:
At Kensington Design we advise that you clean your rug only as needed, monthly, and at the start and end of the season. While cleaning recommendations vary by the supplier, you can usually clean your outdoor rugs with a hose, scrub brush, and diluted dish soap. To remove moss and algae us diluted bleach or vinegar. When cleaning your rug, be sure to clean both sides and to let your rug dry out in the run. If you’re in a cold climate, it’s important to store your rug away during snowy or icy months. To store your rug well, roll it up and never fold it. If you do not have space to store your rug in a dry, indoor space, roll it up and cover in plastic and store under your deck or in the garage.
At Kensington Design we have a wide variety of outdoor rugs to suit your needs - you can browse the range online or you can contact us here where we can help with any other outdoor rug enquiry or any design enquiry you may have.