Rugs are an essential element when trying to define a space. They're best at tying rooms together, adding warmth and a decorative touch, and that's no different for outdoor spaces. When buying a rug, there are several factors to consider, from the shape and size to the style and material. Here's everything you need to know to make a well-informed decision.

Deciding Placement and Purpose

First things first, you need to know the placement and purpose of your rug to help you determine all the other factors. Placement depends on the size of your space. If you have a large patio, you'll most likely need a large rectangular rug. These rugs are best placed underneath an outdoor dining table or a large furniture set. If you're working with a more compact space, whether a small seating area or an entrance, there are other methods for laying your rug, which we will discuss more below. Each type of space will have different sizing and placement requirements.


Finding The Right Fit

You'll want to start by measuring the size of the space as a whole, whether that be your patio or deck. A large outdoor area rug will likely cover most of your patio or balcony. An easy rule of thumb to follow is the size of the rug should be 12-24 inches smaller than the perimeter of the space. Doing this will allow room to walk around the furniture and make the area appear larger.

If the rug is for underneath a dining table, you will need to make sure it's big enough for all chairs to be pulled out of the table and remain on the rug—generally 30 inches from the edge of the table to the edge of the rug. For a seating area, the rug only needs to be big enough to place all of the front legs of the furniture on.


Does your space need a round, square, or rectangular rug? The most common choice is rectangular, and this option works for various settings. Round rugs complement round patio tables and smaller displays perfectly. If you're working with a compact space, you may want to opt for a square rug. A rectangular rug looks great under a 6-8 person dining table, while a round rug works well with a 2-4 person setup. While long, narrow runners are best for walkways and smaller balconies.

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There are two categories of rug materials: Natural and Synthetic. The most popular outdoor rug material is Polypropylene, a synthetic fibre. It is the best and most durable fibre to withstand rain, sunshine, and anything in between. It's a great material known for its vibrance and resilience. It's waterproof and resistant to UV rays, stains, and fading. It is also a low-maintenance option, which we all can appreciate. 

A natural option is Jute. It has a luxurious look and gives a space a warm bohemian feel. However, it's not a fibre you want to get wet and is best suited for covered areas. If you are keen on natural elements in your decor, this might be a good option for you. They're biodegradable and eco-friendly but not always mildew resistant, so you'll want to keep them out of the rain.

rug materials: Natural and Synthetic

Style Matters

You may already have a clear and defined style through your furniture choices, and if that's the case, then stick within the limits of that style. If you don't have a defined design style, you can get more creative. Simply put, you need to match or contrast your current furniture. If you're afraid to go bold indoors, use your outdoor area to push the boundaries and get creative.

Whatever you decide, the most important thing is that the rug is an extension of your personality, and it makes you feel good. A few popular options for outdoor rugs include Striped Rugs, bold Geometric Rugs, the effortless Solid Colored Rugs, and Bordered Rugs that add a bit of flair to the solid-coloured mat.

Rug Style Matters

Colour Is Key

Colour plays a significant role in your design style. If your furniture is a solid colour, consider selecting a patterned rug that incorporates that colour. You can match your rug to your cushions, throw pillows, drapes, exterior paint, or even other accents you have nearby. If your furniture is patterned, a solid-coloured rug will complement it well.

Common themes include coastal, which highlights green and blue hues. Bohemian incorporates warm earthy tones. Modern spaces are defined by more subdued colours such as grey.

If your coastal furniture is blue, you could decide to go with a lightly-coloured patterned rug. If beige is the staple of your bohemian furniture, a bright and bold pattern will contrast it well. Or, if your furniture is a modern grey, you may consider adding a pop of colour.

You can go for a light-coloured or solid-coloured rug if you'd like, but it's good to keep in mind that patterns can hide dirt and debris. If you're worried about stains, consider going with a tonal or dithered rug.

Colour Is Key

Non-Slip Backings

Non-Slip Backing isn't something to consider; it's more of a necessity. They are made to protect you, your floors, and your rug. Not only do they extend the life of the rug by protecting it from direct contact with the ground and preventing the rug from bunching, but it also prevents slips and trips.

Maintaining Your Space

It's important to note that while you most definitely can place an outdoor rug on a wood deck, you also need to avoid allowing a wet rug to remain on wood for extended periods as this can damage the deck. If it rains excessively, consider rolling the rug up or hanging it up to dry.

Maintaining Space

Maintaining The Rug

Rug maintenance is part of owning a rug. You can safely use mild detergents on many synthetic fibre rugs. When spills occur, you always want to dab the area. When you give the rug a complete cleaning, make sure to clean both the top and bottom. It's best if you regularly vacuum your rug, especially a solid-coloured or lightly-coloured rug. When storing a rug, always roll it. Before storing it, make sure your rug is completely dry, and roll it with the bottom facing out.

Lastly, consider where your rug is coming from.

At ICONIC RUGS, our mission is to make finding the rug you've always wanted easy. With simple search functionality and a wide variety of styles and colours, you'll have no problem finding the perfect addition to extend your home's livable space. We also offer free shipping, buy now and pay later, and 7-day returns. We care about our customers and strive to take care of you by providing high-quality products at affordable prices. Our customer service team is readily available to answer any of your queries.