4 Reasons to Use Outdoor Rugs Indoors

This neutral dining room uses an outdoor rug, making spills easy to clean

Using outdoor rugs indoors

The reason we love using our indoor/outdoor rugs on a porch or patio is obvious: these super durable, stain- and fade-resistant rugs instantly transform an outdoor space, creating the finished look of an outdoor “room.”

But as their hybrid name suggests, we equally love them in indoor areas. And if you’ve never seen or felt any of our indoor/outdoor rugs before, you may question the idea of using something that’s specifically made for roughing it outdoors inside your home. However, you may just change your mind. Here are our top four reasons why we love using our indoor/outdoor rugs inside.

Outdoor rugs are often less expensive than 100% wool rugs, making them a great choice for trendy patterns

1.    Fashion Forward for Less

Whether you love geometrics, are a total romantic for anything sporting script or go wild over animal print, then indoor/outdoor rugs may be the perfect choice for you. They’re available in a ton of colors and eye-catching patterns, from chevron stripe to zebra. And because they’re relatively inexpensive – compared to wool and other natural fiber rugs – you can afford to ride the wave of any trend. Commitment-phobes, take note!

An open, airy entryway is a perfect spot for a durable, outdoor rug

2.    Loves High-Traffic Areas

Style and durability meet with our indoor/outdoor rugs, something many moms and pet owners have known for a while. Most are woven from polypropylene or a blend for incredible endurance, making them perfect for your busiest spaces. They’re fashionable enough for a dining room, but tough enough to take a red wine spill – a win-win. Other tough-love areas we often use our indoor/outdoor rugs in are: kitchens, mudrooms, kids’ spaces, hallways and even bathrooms.

This graphic dining room uses an outdoor rug, making spills easy to clean

3.    A Breeze to Clean

Dry clean only? No way! Thankfully, many spills and stains easily wipe clean with a damp cloth. To give your indoor/outdoor rug a deep clean, take it outside, hose it down and clean with a mild soap and scrub brush. And because they’re lightweight rugs, they dry quickly. How easy is that?

New technology means that outdoor rugs have a softer weave

4.    Softer than You Think

Today’s outdoor rugs are so soft you won’t think twice about kicking your shoes off and getting down low for some floor time with your kids or pets. In fact, our newest rugs, Wainscott and Parish (above), are the talk of the office. They’re so soft that it’s nearly impossible to tell they’re actually hand woven of durable, outdoor-safe polyester.

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    Stacie Kats

    June 20, 2018

    Hi! Love this read. Seriously considering using an outdoor rug for my foyer.

    Would you be able to tell me where the coffee/side tables in front of the yellow couch in the second picture came from?

    Looking forward to browsing the rest of your site!

    • Caroline McDonald

      Caroline McDonald

      August 14, 2018

      The coffee tables are our Bornova Side Tables, but the chrome table is no longer available. Although, our new Manhattan Side Table has a very similar look.
      So happy to hear you like this space!

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    May 18, 2015

    would like to know who makes the chandelier in the 4th picture down (over the table). Help please!

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    February 18, 2015

    What type of backing does the wainscot have?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 27, 2015

      Hi Kathy,
      The Wainscot rug doesn’t actually have any backing at all. We would recommend using a rug pad with it.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Michelle Clark

    February 18, 2015

    I live in a city apartment, and am unable to “hose” a large rug down outside. How do we city dwellers clean a large outdoor rug, used inside? MC

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for your comment! Your best bet is to spot clean the rug. Gently rinse with a solution of mild detergent and water!
      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    June Montgomery

    February 18, 2015

    I have used few rugs since I have small dogs that are accident prone. Are these indoor/outdoor ease to clean and do they hold the smell after cleaning? Thanking you for your answer in advance. JEM

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015

      Hi June,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, our outdoor rugs are very easy to clean! To the second part of your question, our polypropylene rugs (such as the Tortola) would be the easiest to clean and least absorbent, so shouldn’t absorb much smell. Our hooked rugs (such as the Turin) have a higher pile (where as the polypropylene rugs are flat) and therefore would be more likely to take in odor.
      We hope that answers your question!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    February 18, 2015

    I have a couple of your indoor/outdoor rugs in high traffic areas of my home. I have trouble with them slipping even though they are on rug pads. Any suggestions? The floor is laminate. Thanks for any help you can give.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015

      Hi Laurie,
      We’re so sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with outdoor rugs slipping on your laminate floors. Try using our Outdoor Rug Pad. They are specifically designed with tile surface in mind, which can be slick like laminate. Hopefully that will solve the problem!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Fran Pal

    April 26, 2014

    I am moving to a new home. I have a small collection of MacKenzie Child’s kitchen items . They are her black and white pattern, I believe the Courtly Checks. Since iI already have a black and off white area rug in a family room. I am looking at a runner and a rug by the front door to work with the above colors I mentioned. Can you make some suggestions?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 28, 2014

      Hi Fran,

      Hi Debra,

      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a free service for our customers called Design Solutions where offer problem solving and design plans. We’d be happy to help you pick some rug options for your space. Simply complete this form, and our Design Solutions team will create a plan for you!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    April 10, 2014

    How do you clean these rugs on a daily basis? I would like to put in my kitchen but understand most indoor/outdoor carpets can not be vacuumed.

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 11, 2014

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your comment. The short answer is yes, you can vacuum them. Although, be sure to adjust your vacuum with the right brush height/setting, as some of our outdoor rugs are flat weave and some have a high-low pile. Hope that helps!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Kelly MacArthur

    March 5, 2014

    I am wanting to purchase an indoor/outdoor rug – 8 X 10 and know sometimes the color shown on the website isn’t quite like the actual product. I want to get it “right” and not have to send the product back. I’ve ordered some fabric samples and really like Danish Sky. Will probably cover a chair in this fabric. Would Navarre mineral (or blue?) compliment this color in a room and is it close to Danish Sky in color? How about Tricia Trellis (mineral), Parish (gray or spa) or Bermuda (mineral)?

    Thank you for your input in this matter,


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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Kelly,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      The How to Decorate Team