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Outdoor rugs - yay or nay?

margaret8000
5 years ago

I have a large mahogany deck with a couple of seating areas. An outdoor rug would definitely be nice aesthetically to define the main seating area and add softness. However, the deck is exposed to the elements with only a pergola running over its length. On the plus side, I assume a rug will protect my decking. On the downside (?), the area under the rug will not get faded, resulting in too much variation in the deck surface. Also I wonder if an outdoor rug stays soggy after rain/sprinklers, resulting in damage to the wood underneath?


Has anyone had an outdoor rug on an exposed wood deck? How is that working for you?


Thanks so much!

Comments (12)

  • mindshift
    5 years ago

    I've never had an outside rug, but I have seen many comments on them. People in the southwestern states generally comment that the rug fades quickly, but none of those mentioned the surface below. In wet climates the rugs can get mossy, but the wood below them also isn't mentioned. It could be that all these people were concerned only with the rugs, and just didn't think to add any other concerns. Hopefully, others will respond with more complete answers.

  • Bluebell66
    5 years ago

    We have had outdoor rugs on an exposed deck. The rugs dry quickly after rain and there is no ill effect to the deck. There are a few different kinds of outdoor rugs, though. The ones we have used outside have come from Lowe’s, Home Depot or Pottery Barn, and they’re woven polypropylene. I have also had an indoor/outdoor rug that is what feels/looks like looped carpet fiber. The one has worked fine at our front door, but I am not sure it would dry quickly enough not to have an impact on an exposed deck - but I’m not really sure.

  • PRO
    Lars/J. Robert Scott
    5 years ago

    What is the finish on your mahogany deck?

    What climate zone are you in?

    Do you use the deck 12 months of the year?

  • margaret8000
    Original Author
    5 years ago
    So nice of you all to reply. To the pro, it's treated only with that Australia oil. I don't stain it. I'm in NY, long island to be exact. Fairly harsh climate in the winter. Deck is used May-October.
  • Elle
    5 years ago

    I like the look of an outdoor rug but not the mildew/mold/surface concerns so I like the idea of just putting it down when guests come over.

  • margaret8000
    Original Author
    5 years ago

    Many thanks for these helpful replies. I never wrote comments/questions on Houzz before but will definitely do so again! I'll probably forego the rug. Not worth the risk to the deck. Thanks again!

  • PN _Bos
    5 years ago

    sounds like you already made up your mind, but here is my 2 cents: i just had my mahogany deck re-stained & sealed last year, the pro painter told me NOT to use a rug, he said they traps moisture & will eventually rot the wood. they do look really nice, but as someone else said above, they fade fast, you really only get 1 or 2 seasons out of one.

  • Snaggy
    5 years ago

    Sorry ...don't see the point of an outside rug !

  • Geneviève
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    It depends on the rug that you choose ,nothing with a backing for sure, roll it up if rain is in the forecast and bring it in.

  • larkspurproject
    5 years ago

    We have a nylon rug with rubber backing laid over our covered paver patio and it's lasted 4 years now. It's protected from the elements and is a nice touch (I think) under the dining area. Living in AZ it's nice to have a cool soft surface when we're outside dining. Easy on the tootsies.

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    RugKnots | Area Rugs
    5 years ago

    This definitely depends the type of rug you are looking to put in the space. Kilim rugs have the ability to be used both inside and outside, these are typically used as long as they are not 100% wool. They tend to do alright outside, and wouldn't cause damage to the deck.