The best outdoor rugs offer a quick, easy and super affordable way to transform your outside space, adding instant style to a patio or decking.
Perfect for covering up less than desirable outside surfaces in a rented property or adding an extra layer of tactility to an outdoor living area, the range of colours, patterns and prints available make it easy to inject as much personality as you'd like into your garden.
And just like indoor rugs, garden rugs can be used to zone your outside space, delineating an outdoor dining area, marking out an informal relaxation space paired with lounge chairs and outdoor sofas, or creating a grass stain-free play area on the lawn!
The finishing touch to the best garden furniture, we've rounded up the Real Homes teams favourite options to transform your courtyard, balcony or terrace from drab to fab in an instant.
The best outdoor rugs of 2021
For comparison's sake we've listed the best price for a 120cm x 180cm rug in each style (or the closest size available) which is a good size for a smaller patio. A 150cm x 240cm option is a good bet for a larger outdoor space, although many outdoor rugs come in several different size options, so measure up first to work out the best size for you before you buy.
Top tip: As with all rugs, generally the bigger the budget allows the better. Ideally go for a size that allows you to place your outdoor furniture onto the rug, rather than beside it. This gives a more generous feel and helps to zone an area, pulling your seating into one cohesive unit rather than it feeling 'bitty'.
Not only do FAB HAB's outdoor rugs come in a huge selection of on-trend colours, patterns and prints, but there are also a brilliant range of sizes on offer, from small 90cm x 150cm rugs that are perfect for a bijou balcony to the biggest 240cm x 300cm options that allow you to create real impact in a larger space.
Even better, all of its outdoor rugs are made from recycled plastic, with the brand repurposing disposable plastic drinking straws to create its eye-catching handwoven designs.
UV-resistant so they won't fade in the sun and waterproof so you don't need to bring them indoors during a shower - and can quickly hose down for a freshen up - they're definitely our top choice for patio, beach or lawn.
For an affordable outdoor rug that's still a good size, we love this graphic black and white striped option.
Also available in pink, blue, beige and grey striped options, the design comes in several different sizes allowing you to find the best fit for your space, including a useful narrow option that's perfect for small balconies.
Bold and modern, this monochrome design will work well with a wide range of contemporary garden furniture.
Even if the weather isn't playing ball, you can still brighten up a grey day with this vibrant sunshine yellow outdoor rug.
We love the diamond-patterned ikat design and the affordable price tag - a great buy considering this garden rug is a little larger than most.
Add to dark decking or a less than sunny courtyard area to bring uplifting colour and positive vibes to your outdoor space.
If you want to create a tropical haven in your garden, then this leaf pattern outdoor rug is perfect for adding a botanical feel.
The flatweave design is UV-resistant so won't fade in the sun, and there are a good range of size options to help you find the best fit for your outside space.
This neutral outdoor rug makes a simple yet sophisticated addition to an outdoor living area, and the monochrome design makes it easy to pair with any garden furniture.
Available in white or grey, this generously sized rug has a subtle woven pattern to add interest and an extra layer of detail to your styling.
If you want to inject some bright and contemporary colour into your outside space then this tropical multicoloured design will definitely do the job.
Soft corals, teals and greens add visual warmth, whilst the luxurious tufted design ensures bare feet stay toasty too.
UV-resistant and far thicker than your usual flatwoven outdoor rug, this option is more expensive but will create a sumptuous outdoor living area.
How to choose from the best outdoor rugs
To find the best rug to suit your outdoor living needs, there are a few considerations to know before buying. These include:
Size and location
Before you choose your outdoor rug, think about where you will place it and size you will need. Outdoor rugs come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find the right size for your space. A super large rug would suit big outdoor spaces but will overwhelm smaller patios. Soft-edged, circular shaped rugs would make a more practical yet stunning alternative. Most rugs can be used indoors so it’s great to find a versatile rug to suit both indoors and out.
Quality outdoor rugs are durable, weatherproof and hardwearing. When buying a rug, it’s worthwhile noting what material type is best for your space. Polypropylene is a common material used for outdoor rugs as it doesn’t absorb any liquids or stains and makes it mould and mildew resistant. Some modern rugs use jute and hemp materials, while others are made from recyclable materials and eco-friendly.
Another useful thing to know is how to look after your outdoor rug. After all, you want to ensure you get the best out of it with each use. While most outdoor rugs are machine washable at 30ºC, others can simply be wiped clean or dusted down. It’s best to find one that you can easily maintain to guarantee a long life and enjoy all year around.