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Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

A rug offers a great way to add instant freshness to your home decor, and this is as true outdoors as it is indoors. Indoor/outdoor rugs can function well anywhere in your home, even on porches and verandas, providing you with the versatility you need to create polished living spaces anywhere you want to.

Characteristics of Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

Indoor/outdoor rugs tend to have a low or medium pile to allow for easy cleaning and longevity in outdoor conditions and high-traffic areas. These rugs also generally use materials that are suitable for use in potentially humid environments, though it’s important to avoid leaving a rug outdoors in consistent periods of rain and other inclement weather. The thin, lightweight quality of an indoor/outdoor rug means it’s likely to be easy to roll up and bring indoors when necessary. Another great aspect of a low- or medium-pile rug is the fact that furniture doesn’t sink into the rug, so it’s easier to move chairs and other furniture back and forth at a table. Indoor/outdoor rugs pair well with everything from rustic leather dining room chairs to elegant traditional-style entryway furniture, making them a versatile option for any home aesthetic. This style of rug comes in a variety of different colors and patterns as well, making it even easier to match your new rug with the existing decor in your home.

Do You Need a Rug Pad?

Indoor/outdoor rugs do tend to be low-pile, flat rugs that aren’t usually very cushy on their own. This means that a rug pad can be a particularly effective way of protecting the rug from wearing down too much as a result of friction with the floor. Rug pads can also add some extra cushion and softness to the rug in either indoor or outdoor spaces. If you want to use a rug pad in an outdoor space, consider choosing a pad with water-resistant material on at least one side so you don’t need to worry about your rug pad becoming too damp. Water-resistant materials such as rubber are also effective for increasing traction, which can be a particularly good idea in a high-traffic area, whether indoors or out.

From the entryway to your back porch, an indoor/outdoor rug can offer just the right balance between function and style for your home. These rugs are an ideal way of adding the right finishing touch.