Shea McGee Reveals the Outdoor Rug She Absolutely Swears By

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Your Guide to the Absolute Best Outdoor RugsLulu and Georgia

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Nothing beats relaxing outside when the temperature is right, whether you enjoy brunching in your backyard or lounging on the balcony. And this summer, you’re ready for some outdoor action. Maybe you’ve got the basics set up, like a seating area and table, but a chic outdoor rug is that piece that ties it all together. In the same way a rug anchors a room indoors, the concept also applies en plein air. Plus, it’s a practical statement piece that is cozy underfoot. Without further delay, scroll on for our extensive guide to getting the best outdoor rug for your space along with our top-notch picks.

Material and Maintenance

It’s important to go for durable, weather-proof products that are easy to clean. “Our outdoor rugs are made from PET because it has low moisture absorption properties, making it an ideal choice for outdoor use where the rug may get wet from rain or spills,” Studio McGee’s Shea McGee tells ELLE DECOR. “Polypropylene, polyester, and nylon are also excellent choices due to their durability and resistance to the elements,” Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors adds. “Additionally, these materials are relatively easy to clean, which is crucial for outdoor rugs that are exposed to dirt, moisture, and sunlight.”


Before shopping, measure your outdoor space with your furniture. There are a variety of standard sizes, but we’ve also spotlighted custom options for those with bigger or uniquely sized patio areas. “When it comes to selecting an outdoor rug size, you can apply the same tips as for indoor rugs,” McGee shares. “For a lounge area setting, the rug should be sized so that the front feet of the sofa and chairs can rest on the rug. For an outdoor dining area, choose a rug large enough to accommodate the full table and the chairs when people are seated.”

Prints and Patterns

Since the rug will be outside, you want to snag one that can withstand weather, moisture, and anything else that comes its way. “Rugs that are loud tend to fade, so I recommend favoring eye-catching neutral options with plenty of texture,” Regan Baker Design’s Regan Baker says. At the same time, if you’re a fan of colors and maximalist designs, we’ve selected quality, durable pieces worth checking out below.

How to Choose an Outdoor Rug

Hanlon Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Embrace nature’s hues with a handwoven, weather-resistant rug. It has a versatile design that works with any style, and a swatch is available if you want to get a feel for it in person first. “It’s my personal favorite because the tones are a beautiful complement to the ones you get in nature,” McGee points out.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Hanlon Indoor/Outdoor Rug</p><p></p><p>$36.00</p><span class="copyright">McGee & Co.</span>

Diamond Flatweave Geometric Rug

Next up is a rug made for high-traffic areas complete with a subtle, one-of-a-kind pattern that will add interest but won’t overwhelm. The material has also been UV-treated and doesn’t deteriorate in the sun. “This rug features a classic diamond pattern in versatile platinum and white colors, adding a touch of elegance to any outdoor space,” Marker continues. “What I particularly like about it is its durable construction made from polypropylene, which ensures resistance to moisture, fading, and mildew, making it perfect for outdoor use.”

A Wayfair reviewer says: “Bought two of these, size 4 x 6 for two nooks in home office (one not completely furnished yet). They look great! Exactly what I wanted for my black and white decor. It’s a thin woven rug so a rug pad is a must.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Diamond Flatweave Geometric Rug</p><p>$110.40</p><span class="copyright">Dash and Albert</span>

Isle IE-04 Area Rug

Loloi’s designs are proof that neutral shades don’t have to be boring. The brand boasts an array of standout prints and patterns, and they’re as soft as can be. “We’re huge fans of Loloi’s outdoor rugs—they’re beautiful, unique, and look astonishingly like they were made for the indoors,” explains Rebekah Zaveloff, cofounder and creative director of Imparfait Design Studio. “I prefer an outdoor rug that’s softer to the touch, and they’ve improved light years in terms of how they feel now.”

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Isle IE-04 Area Rug</p><p></p><p>$59.00</p><span class="copyright">Loloi Rugs</span>

Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Rug

In need of specific dimensions but want to stay within a reasonable budget? Ernesta is the solution for you. “Our mission is simple: Seliver gorgeous designer quality, custom-sized rugs to you in as little as two weeks,” Ernesta founder and CEO John Foley emphasizes in a video on the site. On top of that, if you’re overwhelmed by your space, there are design experts readily available by email, phone, or text to give you advice and help you shop.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Indoor/Outdoor Flatweave Rug</p><p></p><p>$275.00</p><span class="copyright">Ernesta Rugs</span>

Waterproof Reversible Patio Rug

Speaking of budgets, it’s no surprise that finding a reliable, water-resistant outdoor rug for less is easier than ever on Amazon. For a limited time, this reversible number is 40 percent off and comes in several sizes and colors, proving it can work anywhere.

An Amazon reviewer says: “Exactly what I needed for my small garden patio. I love that it blends well with my floor. The best part is that it’s a plastic material so when it gets wet it’s not a problem at all.”

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Waterproof Reversible Patio Rug</p><p></p><p>$29.99</p><span class="copyright">Amazon</span>

Perennials Corsica Rug

This Serena & Lily pick is hands down worth the splurge because it’s a rug you’ll have for years and years to come. It’s made out of a high-performing chenille yard built to last, and instead of a neutral, the piece stands out in a cool coastal blue.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Perennials Corsica Rug</p><p>Serena & Lily</p><p>$2978.00</p><span class="copyright">Serena & Lily</span>

Thatcher Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Here’s a distinct basketweave style rug you won’t trip over. Created by designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, it’s a handwoven ensemble that’s flat with no knots and the pattern alongside the combination of colors will bring warmth and depth to your outdoor space. As a bonus, it’s constructed with recycled PET, making it super easy to clean.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Thatcher Handwoven Indoor/Outdoor Rug</p><p></p><p>$128.00</p><span class="copyright">Lulu and Georgia</span>

Outdoor Ranier Copper Sage Rug

Have kids, pets, or do you simply live in a city with the most unpredictable weather? Stick with Ruggable’s rugs that you can easily throw in the wash when they’ve accumulated dirt or become way too exposed to the elements. The best part? Unlike your average outdoor rug, each Ruggable order comes with a rug pad as part of the brand’s two-piece patented system.

A Ruggable reviewer says: “I bought two of these for my front porch and they look fabulous. I love how easy they are to clean and care for, while also upping the style and sophistication of my outdoor living area.”

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Outdoor Ranier Copper Sage Rug</p><p>$129.00</p><span class="copyright">Ruggable</span>

Anguilla Jill Zarin Outdoor Rug

For a budget-friendly outdoor rug that requires little to no effort to maintain, click over to Walmart. It’s highly durable, and any stain or spill that happens can be quickly wiped off, making it perfect for households with kids or pets. In total, it’s available in 15 sizes and eight designs.

A Walmart reviewer says: “I love my new Jill Zarin rug. I feel that it is very stylish and of great quality. I’m very happy with my purchase in my new patio area here in Colorado.”

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Anguilla Jill Zarin Outdoor Rug</p><p></p><p>$64.99</p><span class="copyright">Walmart</span>

Veranda Terracotta Cream Outdoor Rug

Leave it to the beloved Rifle Paper Co. to provide maximalist design lovers with a bold outdoor rug that’s sure to turn heads (in a good way!). It’s part of the brand’s collaboration with none other than Loloi, so you know it will deliver on design and quality. Luckily, the rug can accommodate a range of spaces, as there are plenty of sizes to choose from.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Veranda Terracotta Cream Outdoor Rug</p><p>$110.00</p><span class="copyright">Rifle Paper Co.</span>

Camellia Hand-Tufted Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Finally, no rug roundup would be complete without a round option. It’s ideal for small balconies or patios as the curves create the illusion of space. Go ahead, add one to your cart, and pair it with that chic bistro table.

<p><a href="" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Camellia Hand-Tufted Indoor/Outdoor Rug</p><p></p><p>$995.00</p><span class="copyright">Perigold</span>

What materials should you look for when choosing an outdoor rug?

There are several factors to keep an eye out for when buying an outdoor rug. UV-stabilized polypropylene options with an integral UV protection help reduce fading, which is great for more colorful styles, according to Regan Baker. Breathability, too, is important. “Because everything will eventually fade, the biggest thing to look for is a rug with no backing underneath to support breathability,” she adds. “More of an open weave that isn’t too tight will support its durability and longevity overall.” Baker also advised rug shoppers to pay attention to the rug's weight. “Outdoor rugs need to be heavy enough to withstand outdoor elements or seasonal changes such as wind, rain, and more,” she explains.

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How do you choose the right outdoor rug size?

Measure your space and ensure the rug is big enough for all your outdoor furniture. “Larger rugs tend to work better, as they can accommodate a number of heavier items that prevent the rug from moving too much,” Rebekah Zaveloff mentions. “With a smaller rug, it’s often only one piece of furniture, such as a cocktail table, weighing it down. Because wind is an issue with outdoor rugs, it’s important to choose sizes and styles that can work with multiple pieces of furniture, such as a dining table and several chairs, to help firmly weigh the rug down.”

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What happens when an outdoor rug gets wet?

If it’s made out of the right material, there shouldn't be a problem with an outdoor rug getting wet. However, it’s still best to bring them indoors during extreme weather conditions. “I’d suggest looking for an outdoor rug that is power-loomed polypropylene,” Zaveloff says. “They don’t absorb water and are well equipped to handle lots of foot traffic.”

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