The best outdoor rugs: 6 picks to create an instant outdoor living space

Our round up of the best outdoor rugs are the perfect end of summer addition to your garden

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On the lookout for the best outdoor rugs? Well good, you are in the right place. Throwing a rug down on your porch, in your back yard or in your garden can immediately turn your ex-summer set up into an outdoor living area that’s still super cozy and looks inviting even as the weather gets cooler. Pull out the blankets and cushions too, and ofcourse light all the candles to extend your outside space way past the end of summer.

Super durable, most outdoor rugs can stay outside whatever the weather so you don’t have to drag them inside as soon as it starts to drizzle. They are usually made of either woven plastic or a hardy material like jute, and are really easy to keep clean too. We have rounded up our fave outdoor rugs to suit all styles and budgets so just keep on reading to get shopping…

The best outdoor rugs

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1. Gunter Power Loom Blue/Khaki Rug

The best outdoor rug for adding a pop of colour

Specifications
Material:: Polypropylene
Colors:: Blue/Khaki, Dark Blue/Gray, Aqua/Gray
Size:: From 2ft x 3ft
Reasons to buy
+It’s on sale!+Brings a subtle colour into your garden
Reasons to avoid
-The lighter color may start to show dirt quickly 

This outdoor rug would bring the perfect amount of subtle pattern and color into an outdoor space. It’s definitely got a bit of a rustic boho vibe and we can so imagine this paired with some rattan garden furniture, plenty of soft slubby cushions and festoon lights twinkling above. It has a slightly worn and faded look which is perfect for outdoors as it won’t show scuffs and stains, it is waterproof so can stay out in the rain and is suitable for indoor use too, so you can bring it into your living room or kitchen in the depths of winter. 

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2. Houndz Indoor/ Outdoor Trellis Light Gray & Cream Rug

Best outdoor rug for a neutral, natural look

Specifications
Material:: Polypropylene
Colors:: Blue/Khaki, Dark Blue/Gray, Aqua/Gray
Size:: From 2ft x 3ft
Reasons to buy
+Handmade in India from durable polypropylene+Comfy underfoot
Reasons to avoid
-Not machine washable 

If you are after a more simple style, this small houndstooth print in cream and soft grey  would be perfect. It’s neutral but has that very subtle pattern that means it won’t go unnoticed. It’s handmade from a durable polypropylene that makes it weather proof and it can get wet too. For an outdoor rug it’s also really comfy underfoot, perfect for when you nip outside in your PJs with a hot coffee and want your porch to feel like an extension of your living room. 

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3. Persian Style Alma Indoor Outdoor Rug

Best Persian style outdoor rug

Specifications
Material:: Polyester with latex backing
Colors:: Pink and black
Size:: From 5ft x 8ft
Reasons to buy
+Stylish Persian-style design +Non-skid backing to reduce slipping
Reasons to avoid
-While splashproof it’s not suitable for downpours

Worn' Persian rugs are so popular in homes at the moment, the older looking the better, if it doesn’t look like it’s been walked on for at least a decade we aren’t interested. But we are yet to see a Persian rug you can use outdoors – but this rug is just that. We love the slightly pinkish rust colours, they will pop enough that you notice them but are still soft and subtle. It’s easy to clean, weather resistant and pet friendly too – this would add a stylish antique look to a kitchen too if you want to bring it in when the weather gets really bad.

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4. Modway JaggedGeometric Diamond Trellis Area Rug in Gray

Best graphic outdoor rug

Specifications
Material:: Polypropylene
Colors:: Grey
Size:: H x 63" W x 90.5"
Reasons to buy
+Rubber underside for grip+Stain-resistant and easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-The corners do curl after a while

A  bit more of a statement outdoor rug, this geometric design would suit a more contemporary space. Again, it’s polypropylene so has a tight low pile weave that’s waterproof and durable so will sit perfectly under your outdoor lounging area all year round. This would be just as well suited in high traffic area in your home too if you want to bring it indoors later in the year.

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5. Catamaran Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Best striped outdoor rug

Specifications
Material:: Polypropylene
Colors:: 11 choices
Size:: From 2ft x 3ft
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous statement design +Plenty of colorways to choose from 
Reasons to avoid
-Not totally waterproof  

If you are looking for an outdoor rug for a porch or patio, this would be a classic design to add to your space. It’s not 100% waterproof so wouldn’t be suitable all year round for an area that’s not covered but to add some comfort to your porch area it’s perfect. The bold stripes make it a simple but striking design and you can choose how statement you want to go – this black and ivory colorway would be a focus of the space but there are  more subtle options too. 

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6. Lillian Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Best vintage style outdoor rug

Specifications
Material:: Polypropylene
Colors:: Oyster/slate blue, slate blue/oyster
Size:: From 2ft x 3.11ft
Reasons to buy
+Mould and mildew resistant+Pattern doesn’t fade
Reasons to avoid
-The larger sizes are expensive

Another vintagey outdoor rug here to add some rustic vibes to your backyard. It comes in two really subtle colorways that would work in summer or going to fall and winter too. There’s also plenty of sizes so you can pick the perfect fit for your space. Just be aware you will have to buy an anti-slip mat to go underneath this one.