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If there's one thing that instantly elevates patios, balconies, and terraces everywhere, it's outdoor rugs. The unsung hero of the outdoor space can really pull a whole space together and make it feel layered and finished. In the world of patio sets, it can also break up your existing furniture and give your space depth. So if you've never tried an outdoor rug in your backyard, this year is the time to do it.
With retailers constantly coming up with more hard-wearing and sophisticated options for the outdoors, it's only natural that rugs options are plentiful too. Want proof that outdoor rugs are only getting better and better? We handpicked our 13 favorites in stores right now. Best of all, they're all under $300.
Try one of these cheap outdoor rugs in your backyard—we promise you it will be chic enough to bring indoors once the summer ends.
Dash and Albert Samson Indoor-Outdoor Rug
Part of Dash and Albert’s Bunny Williams collection, this indoor/outdoor rug is not only seriously chic, but it’s also environmentally-friendly. How? It’s handwoven from polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles. As such, it’s slightly delicate—though still weatherproof—and should be vacuumed and lightly brushed with soapy water to be cleaned.
Sustainability aside, this black-and-white rug has an eye-catching yet not overwhelming striped pattern. It’s just busy enough to distract from any debris that might dirty it in between vacuuming sessions, whether that’s dust or dirt outdoors or pet hair indoors.
Serena & Lily Seaview Rug
Coastal-chic brand Serena & Lily knows just how to make a great outdoor rug, as proven by this diamond-patterned number with fringed edges. The Seaview Rug comes in nine sizes, including a long runner, and five hues ranging from blue to an earthy neutral.
Intentionally designed with a sun-kissed, slightly weathered look, this rug has a casual vibe. But don’t be fooled—it’s designed to last thanks to durable polyester fibers. That said, you can extend your rug’s life by bringing it indoors during inclement weather and taking it to a professional for a deep clean every once in a while. In between, you can hose it down and hang it to dry.
Ruggable Outdoor Offset Stripe Black Rug
Ruggable’s Outdoor Offset Stripe Black Rug has a striking graphic pattern comprised of—you guessed it—three offset columns of black-and-white stripes. This rug is not only water-resistant, but it’s also designed to stand up to UV and chlorine, making it one of the hardiest rugs on our list. Since it's a Ruggable rug, it can be thrown in the washing machine for a deeper clean in addition to being hosed down outdoors..
One Kings Lane Tweed Outdoor Rug
This braided outdoor rug from One Kings Lane has a subtle natural green color that will blend into your patio’s decor while adding texture to the space. You can also bring it indoors to be used in high-traffic areas, so don’t be afraid to use it in your kitchen if you’re prone to spills—this rug is made from sturdy polypropylene fibers, which are not only weather-proof, but also easy to clean. (Just be sure to use a rug pad!)
Jaipur Living Mckenzie Indoor/Outdoor Geometric Area Rug
The graphic water-resistant Mckenzie Rug by Jaipur Living will add an eye-catching flair to your patio (though you can also bring it indoors if you so choose). Jaipur specializes in intricate patterns and colorwork, whether in luxe materials like silk or hardy ones like polypropylene—which is what this rug is made of.
The Mckenzie’s pattern is comprised of black and gray triangles and beige trapezoids for quite a bold graphic look, so it’ll definitely be the focal point of your space. Offered in four sizes, all rectangular in shape, this rug can fit pretty much any space.
Momeni Baja Indoor Outdoor Area Rug
A little stripe can go a long way. Momeni’s Baja Area Rug is simple in concept—it’s just bold stripes on a rectangular rug—but it packs the biggest punch in execution. No matter which color you choose, you're sure to make a big statement with this piece, whether you purchase it in a small size or a massive one (it starts at 2 ft. 3 in. x 4 ft. 6 in. and goes up to 8 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft.).
This water-resistant polypropylene rug is designed to be washed down with a garden hose, making it the ideal choice for a patio or a pool deck, though it can also be used indoors.
nuLOOM Landry Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
If you’re looking for a neutral rug that has just a bit of pizazz, this rug is it. The indoor/outdoor rug is unassuming in color—it’s riffing on natural jute, though it’s made from easy-to-clean polypropylene and polyester—and features two large triangles complete with geometric patterns.
If you want a slightly less subtle look, this rug also comes in charcoal and in blue, both of which have more contrast and therefore more visual impact. The super-affordable rug comes in six sizes: five standard rectangles and a runner.
Hauteloom Bourton Area Rug
The Bourton Area Rug is a gorgeous piece. The subtle blue-and-white graphic pattern has a handcrafted quality that looks like a soft linen with embroidered detailing, but it’s actually machine-woven and made from 100 percent polypropylene—making it hard-wearing for outdoor or high-traffic use. The rug comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, including rectangles, squares, and circles, so it’s a surprisingly versatile piece.
Safavieh Courtyard Charmaine Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Safavieh’s Courtyard Charmaine Indoor/Outdoor Rug is a versatile rug that works with many décor styles, from modern farmhouse to bohemian chic to beach house. In fact, everything about this rug is versatile—it comes in dozens of sizes and shapes, from runners to rectangles to circles, so it can fit in any space. It also comes in eight different colors, from a bold terracotta to a neutral brown and bone. Designed for high-traffic areas, this is a durable rug option that’s super easy to clean.
CB2 Theo Outdoor Rug
At first glance, CB2's Theo Outdoor Rug might actually look like a cozy throw blanket, given its woven texture and fringe along the edges. But it’s actually made from polyester yarns made from recycled plastic bottles, which are still surprisingly soft but certainly not on the same level as a throw. This rug is, however, very durable, and can be hosed down for cleaning. Use it indoors or out, or switch it up between the seasons.
Lulu and Georgia Masika Indoor Outdoor Rug
Though it pulls inspiration from traditional Moroccan motifs, Lulu and Georgia’s Masika Indoor Outdoor Rug has a contemporary edge, thanks to its textured black-and-white linework. Despite its seemingly handcrafted look, this rug is woven from polypropylene to create a stronger piece that holds up well outdoors.
To clean, don’t simply hose it down—use gentle spot treatments to fix any spills, and vacuum the rug for regular maintenance. It comes in five different sizes, so you can use it in a variety of ways, such as an accent between pool loungers or an area rug to tie together a lounge area.
Threshold Warm Woven Outdoor Rug
Target's outdoor rug section is (unsurprisingly) really good, and this traditional woven rug is proof. You'll love the subtle color pattern, which takes on a quiet reddish hue from afar but reveals individual fibers in the full color spectrum when you look up close. It’s almost like an abstract Pointillist painting!
This weatherproof rectangular rug comes in two sizes (5 x 7 feet and 7 x 10 feet) and has fringe detailing on its two short ends. Best of all, the polypropylene and polyester construction means it's super low-maintenance. Just hose it down with water to clean it off, and it'll look good as new.
Article Natica Gray Rug
If you're a huge fan of Article’s affordable furniture, you should check out their home décor too—including the Natica rug. Unlike the other rugs on this list, this rug is only available in a circle, and only in a 6-foot diameter. But though the size and shape are specific, the piece is stylistically versatile, with flat-braided gray fibers that can be paired with any sort of design look. This stain- and water-resistant rug obviously works well outdoors, but is also ideal indoors in homes with children, pets, or spill-prone adults.
What to Look For in an Outdoor Rug
When choosing an outdoor rug, durability should be your number one concern—and the easiest way to ensure a rug will last is to be smart about the materials it's made from. Synthetic fibers like polyester and polypropylene are best, and in particular polypropylene because it's suitable for any climate, plus is stain- and fade-resistant. If you want to avoid synthetics, opt for a jute rug—although take note that they're harder to keep clean and are best for dry climates or covered areas.
Outdoor spaces come in all shapes and sizes, so you should take time to consider what kind of rug will be best for your area. If you have a balcony, a small rug will be enough, while larger patios might need more than one rug depending on the set-up. Rugs are great for breaking up different areas, so if you have a large space that has different "zones" you should consider two smaller rugs instead of one extra-large piece.
Will your rug be placed under a dining table? Do you have pets? Are you planning on using the rug indoors during winter? All of these questions should be considered when you're shopping for a rug. You'll want a rug that's easy to keep clean if there's the possibility of frequent food spills or dirty paws, and you might put a premium on style if you're planning on using the rug indoors as well.