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What to Look for When Purchasing An Indoor/Outdoor Rug

by nwrugs April 11, 2014

What to Look for When Purchasing An Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Outdoor rugs are a great choice when needing something more durable for high traffic areas, sun rooms, or the outdoors! People are creating wonderful outdoor retreats that feel like an extension of their home. To make a space feel relaxing it is all about the details, starting with the perfect indoor/outdoor rug.

Emily Henderson designed deck outdoor

Outdoor terrace by Emily Henderson

Outdoor rugs can enhance your space by adding fun patterns and colors. By adding an outdoor rug you will create a soft contrast against your patio or deck, which will help create a visually more inviting area.

Grant Design I-O GD06 by Jaipur

It is well known that outdoor rugs have many functional aspects as well. There are many types of materials to consider. You have natural fiber rugs made with bamboo, jute, sisal, and hemp. There are also more man-made durable rugs such as Duracord, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene blends.

Terra 03MY by Loloi

If it rains, simply shake the water out and hang the rug over a railing. Slated decks provide better drainage than concrete. “It’s not good to let these rugs sit in water. You must take care of the rug. Don’t abuse it,” warns Ms. Galligan, an interior designer herself. If there is going to be a prolonged period of rain, roll the rug up and bring it inside.

Machine made polypropylene outdoor area rugs are easy to care for – just vacuum and use mild detergent with water for spot cleaning. Many can even be hosed off in a jiffy. Let it dry completely before putting it back on the patio, deck or terrace. Using a pad underneath will prevent slipping.

Venice Beach 02GY by Loloi

For really sunny areas it's wise to  purchase UV-stablized outdoor area rugs. With all the beautiful colors and patterns now available you want to ensure the colors last. The UV treatment protects against fading.

Getting the right size rug is key, For seating areas, set the front legs of chairs and sofas on the rug. For dining areas you will want to make sure that the rug is large enough so that the chair legs stay on the rug when they are pulled out for sitting down. This way the floor surface is protected.

Venice Beach 07SS by Loloi

Outdoor rugs help define a space, create a real sense of an outdoor room, and provide comfort and style for well deserved rest and.

Family and friends will appreciate the attention to detail that every hostess knows is the key to successful and fun entertaining.

Grant Design I-O GD20 by Jaipur

NW Rugs is the west coast leader for area rugs since 1995. With 20,000 rugs in stock you are sure to find the perfect rugs for your home, whatever your style – traditional, transitional or contemporary. Showrooms in Portland, Oregon – Los Angeles, CA – Las Vegas, NV.

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Irene B. Nathan

June 08, 2020

Thanks for sharing important tips about outdoor carpet rugs selecting actually its just not depend to colors and deigns but also that place where you put those rugs for example if you placing them office corridor we need special material rugs for that handle heavy traffic.

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Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.


Living Room Size Guide



Dining Room Size Guide


Bedroom Size Guide

Bedroom Size Guide 2

Bedroom Size Guide 3


All guides by Lisa Ferguson, Interior Designer  Follow on Twitter @decormentor