We Tested the Best Indoor-Outdoor Rugs for Versatile Decorating

Our top pick is the Dash and Albert Rugs Handmade Flatweave Area Rug

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Spruce Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

The Spruce / Dena Burreson

An indoor-outdoor rug is a versatile accent piece, adding style to any area of your home. When shopping for a rug of this kind, experts recommend considering its style, material, durability, and size.

“You'll want it to be around the same proportions as an indoor rug, where the furniture pieces help anchor the rug usually to create a whole seating set," says landscape designer Amber Freda. "I tend to use outdoor rugs most commonly under sofas and sectionals because it feels like creating an outdoor living room."

Keeping these factors in mind, we put some of the top indoor-outdoor rugs to the test, measuring their overall quality, durability, ease of care and cleaning, and value. Our top pick, the Dash and Albert Rugs Handmade Flatweave Area Rug, is handmade, water- and UV-resistant, and can be vacuumed or scrubbed with water and bleach to keep it clean. 

Here are the best indoor-outdoor rugs.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Dash & Albert Geometric Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug

4.8
Geometric Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug

One Kings Lane

What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Stain-, fade-, and mildew-resistant

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • No warranty

Soft, stylish, and durable, the Dash & Albery Geometric Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug is easily one of our favorite picks on the market. The flatweave rug features a bold diamond-print pattern that’s sure to catch your eye, and it comes in three neutral colors and several rectangular sizes to suit your space.

After weeks of home testing, we found this rug to follow through on virtually all of its claims. It's handwoven from polypropylene fabric—which, unlike many natural fibers, repels rather than absorbs dirt, water, and other substances. As such, it's also resistant to stains, fading, and mildew, so you won't have to stress about leaving it out on a rainy day. Plus, our tester found it super easy to clean: for smaller messes, simply spray it off with a hose. More persistent signs of wear and tear necessitate going in with an all-purpose cleaner and scrubber brush, which will make the rug look good as new in no time.

Size: Various | Material: Polypropylene

Dash & Albert Geometric Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug
The Spruce / Carrie Bluth
What Testers Say

"Some outdoor rugs feel more like a glorified yoga mat than an actual rug, but this one is surprisingly soft. In fact, we took a second look at the label to make sure it wasn't some kind of natural fiber or blend based on the feel alone."Carrie Bluth, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Ruggable Border Braid Sand Re-Jute Rug

4.6
Ruggable Re-Jute

Ruggable

Our Ratings
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Texture
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Soft to walk on

  • High-quality construction

  • No-slip base

  • Machine-washable

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

With its versatile design and high-quality construction, Ruggable's Border Braid Sand Re-Jute Rug checks a lot of our boxes. Made with Re-Jute—a jute alternative made with recycled plastic bottles— it maintains the casual look of jute without any shedding or scratchiness. In fact, what stood out most to our testers was this rug's soft feel, which has enough padding to cushion you from rocks and other sharp objects.

This floor covering also features Ruggable’s unique two-piece design: a non-slip base, as well as a removable cover that can be machine-washed for convenient cleaning. It's available in two neutral shades—Antique Oak and Sand, which is the color we tested—along with several sizes and shapes, making it ideal for all sorts of spaces (even hallways!). Plus, the material is water- and mildew-resistant, so you won't have to worry about leaving it out year-round.

Size: Various | Material: Polyester, Polyurethane

Ruggable Border Braid Re-Jute

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Best Reversible: Fab Habitat Reversible Rug

4.8
Fab Habitat Reversible Rug
Courtesy of Amazon.
What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Eco-friendly

  • UV-resistant

  • Travel-friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

The Fab Habitat Cancun Reversible Rug comes in several vibrant colorways—including bright shades of green, blue, and red—and its striped pattern is sure to make any outdoor space feel lively and fun. This affordable rug is made from recycled plastic, making it an eco-friendly choice, and it’s UV-resistant to prevent fading if it’s displayed in the sun. The Cancun Reversible Rug comes with a carrier bag in case you want to bring the rug on a picnic or to the beach, and the durable construction can simply be hosed off if it ever gets dirty. 

Size: 6 x 9 feet | Material: Plastic

Fab Habitat Reversible Rug

 The Spruce / Sarah Vanbuskirk

What Testers Say

"Since it’s so portable, you can easily transport it with you to the park, the beach, or a campsite. I used my rug all over my house, in my backyard, on my front porch, and took it to a nearby playground for a picnic."Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

Best Design: Waverly Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Rug

4.5
Waverly Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Durable

  • Feels soft under feet

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't dry quickly

The sea glass-inspired pattern on the Waverly Indoor/Outdoor Rug is perfect for any space with a beachy or coastal vibe. It sports an abstract print with pretty shades of blue and green swirling throughout (there’s also an additional color option featuring shades of purple), and the floor covering is made from a durable polyester material that can be hosed down for cleaning yet still feels soft and welcoming underneath your toes. Just note that this indoor-outdoor rug doesn’t dry as quickly as others, so it’s better suited for a partially covered outdoor area, such as a porch or gazebo. 

Size: 5.25 x 5.25 feet | Material: Polyester

Waverly Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Rug

The Spruce / Sarah Vanbuskirk 

What Testers Say

"It's best to use it in areas that won’t get direct rain, such as in a covered porch, under tree cover, or especially, inside. It can work well in just about any indoor room, such as in a bedroom, living room, or family room."Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

Best Color Options: Safavieh Courtyard Jonell Indoor/Outdoor Rug

4.6
Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Courtesy of Overstock

Our Ratings
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Texture
    4/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Lots of colors and sizes to choose from

  • High-quality construction

  • Good value

What We Don't Like
  • Not as quick-drying as the brand claims

Available in ten colors and a variety of sizes, the Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug has a simple appearance that lends itself well to just about any space. With a subtle checkboard pattern, it’s ideal if you’re looking for an understated floor covering that won’t draw too much attention. The polyester-polypropylene material is both water- and stain-resistant, with a soft feel that feels nice underfoot.

During testing, we were most impressed with the rug's high-quality construction: unlike some other options, it didn't shed or have any loose threads, and it stayed firmly gripped to the ground throughout use. (Note that we used it with a rug pad, which the brand recommends.)

Unfortunately, this rug isn't quite as quick-drying as the brand promises—after hosing it down with water and leaving it out to dry overnight, it was still pretty soaked. This makes it better suited for dryer or lower traffic areas; you might not want to put it next to a pool. All in all, though, this is a great option that comes in at a very reasonable price point.

Size: Various | Material: Polypropylene, Polyester

Safavieh indoor/outdoor rug

The Spruce / Dera Burreson

What Testers Say

"The quality of this rug is really nice, no loose snags or threads. [E]specially given the detail of the weave, it's impressive—I can tell that it's made really well."—Ashley Craiger, Product Tester

Best Reversible: Urban Outfitters Tillie Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug

4.5
Tillie Rug

Urban Outfitters

Our Ratings
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Texture
    4/5
  • Durability
    4/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Reversible

  • Weather- and stain-resistant

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • No non-slip base

  • Can only be spot-treated

Get two designs for the price of one with the Tillie Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Mat, which features an eye-catching geometric design that will add great dimension to your indoor or outdoor space. When you flip the rug over, you’ll get the same pattern but with the colors reversed—not a huge difference, but ideal if you happen to stain or snag one of the sides.

This bohemian-style rug is crafted with recycled plastic that’s weather- and stain-resistant, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. It's also very soft and lightweight: during testing, we found it incredibly easy to unroll and use, and it felt a lot more comfortable than some of the other options we tried. Just note that, when it comes time for cleaning, this rug can only be spot-treated—harsher scrubbing or hosing could lead to damage, which we don't recommend.

Size: 4 x 6, 6 x 9 | Material: 100% recycled plastic

Tillie Reversible Rug

The Spruce / Dera Burreson

Best Recycled: Article Natica Gray Rug

Article Natica Gray Rug
What We Like
  • Comes in two colors

  • Stain- and weather-resistant

  • Eco-friendly

What We Don't Like
  • Must be hand washed

A circular rug like the Article Natica would fit perfectly underneath a round patio dining set. This rug is flat-braided into a 6-foot round, and it comes in two shades of gray. The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles, making it both stain and weather-resistant. However, because of its delicate design, the brand recommends hand-washing instead of pressure washing—making it a little more time-consuming to care for. 

Size: 6 x 6 feet | Material: Polyester

Best Patterned: Rifle Paper Co. Monstera Cream Outdoor Rug

4.6
Rifle Paper Co. Rug

Rifle Paper Co.

Our Ratings
  • Quality
    5/5
  • Texture
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4/5
  • Value
    5/5
What We Like
  • Comes in six sizes

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Only one color option

If you're looking to make a statement, check out the Rifle Paper Co. Cream Monstera Rug. With a lush monstera print, this floor covering will serve as the perfect backdrop to your seating area—whether indoors or out.

Designed in collaboration with Loloi Rugs, this rug is made with both style and durability in mind. First, it's power-loomed in Turkey from polyester, then treated to be both UV- and mildew-resistant. During testing, we found the rug to have a soft and smooth feel that cleaned easily and stood up to wear. To clean, simply sweep or vacuum the rug; for heavier messes, you can hose it down and leave out to dry. However, because it isn't water-resistant, we wouldn't recommend leaving this rug out in the rain or near a pool.

Size: 5.2 x 7.2 feet | Material: Polypropylene

Best Geometric: Jaipur Living Mckenzie Indoor/Outdoor Geometric Area Rug

4.2
Jaipur Living Mckenzie Indoor Outdoor Geometric Black & Cream Area Rug
Our Ratings
  • Quality
    4/5
  • Texture
    4/5
  • Durability
    4/5
  • Ease of Cleaning
    4.5/5
  • Value
    4/5
What We Like
  • Strong grip

  • Durable construction

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Spot treat only

You’ll be sure to get tons of compliments on the Jaipur Living Indoor/Outdoor Rug, which features a bold geometric print that is surprisingly versatile. Available in three sizes, the polypropylene material is durable and easy to clean. During testing, any debris were easy to sweep off, and our feet felt cushioned when walking over rocks and other sharp objects. Plus, it has a non-skid backing that will stay in place throughout use—no slipping or bunching here.

However, we wouldn't call this rug "stain-resistant": during testing, the BBQ sauce and grape juice that we spilled on the rug was challenging to remove, and you can only spot treat this rug (the company doesn't recommend scrubbing or hosing it down). With that being said, this is a solid overall option that's stylish, affordable, and fairly durable.

Size: 2 x 3.6 feet; 4 x 5.25 feet; 5.25 x 7.5 feet | Material: Polypropylene

Jaipur Living

The Spruce / Dera Burreson

Best Customizable: Foss Ribbed Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Foss Ribbed Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Courtesy of Home Depot

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Eco-friendly

  • Can cut the rug without fraying

What We Don't Like
  • No non-slip base

If you can't decide on a rug size—or simply want options for customization down the road—the Foss Ribbed Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug is a great pick. Made from recycled plastic bottles, the 6 x 8-foot rug has an unbound design, allowing you to trim it without any fraying. The rug comes in taupe and the ribbed material has been solution-dyed to improve its colorfastness and help resist stains. Did we mention it's one of the more affordable options on our list?

Size: 6 x 8 feet | Material: PET fiber from recycled plastic bottles

Best Classic: Frontgate Ashworth Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Frontgate Ashworth Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Courtesy of Frontgate

What We Like
  • Comes in various sizes and colors

  • Water- and mildew-resistant

  • Easy to clean

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

For a classic design that will stand the test of time, you won’t be disappointed in the Frontgate Ashworth Indoor/Outdoor Rug. Available in several colors and sizes, the rug is made from fine-spun polypropylene to resist water and mildew, and has even been tested for colorfastness in both sunny and salty-air climates. As for the design, it features a scrolling leaf border with a diamond pattern in the center, making it an elegant choice for an outdoor dining room or lounge area. 

Size: Various | Material: Polypropylene

Best Budget: IKEA MORUM Rug

IKEA MORUM Rug

Courtesy of IKEA

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Ideal for high traffic areas

  • Comes in two sizes and colors

What We Don't Like
  • No non-slip base

The IKEA Morum Rug is another simple and affordable option for your outdoor space. The flatwoven surface is made from polypropylene with a subtle checkered design, and it can withstand the elements, as well as heavy foot traffic, so it’s ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. There are two sizes available, and the neutral beige color is sure to fit in with any decor style.

Size: 5.25 x 7.6 feet | Material: Polypropylene

Compare

Overall Rating
Geometric Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Best Overall:
Dash & Albert Geometric Diamond Rug
4.8
Ruggable Re-Jute
Runner-Up, Best Overall:
Ruggable Border Braid Sand Re-Jute Rug
4.6
Fab Habitat Reversible Rug
Best Reversible:
Fab Habitat Reversible Rug
4.8
Waverly Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Best Design:
Waverly Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Rug
4.5
Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Best Color Options:
Safavieh Courtyard Jonell Indoor/Outdoor Rug
4.6
Tillie Rug
Best Reversible:
Urban Outfitters Tillie Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug
4.5
Article Natica Gray Rug
Best Recycled:
Article Natica Gray Rug
Testing Now
Rifle Paper Co. Rug
Best Patterned:
Rifle Paper Co. Monstera Cream Outdoor Rug
4.6
Jaipur Living Mckenzie Indoor Outdoor Geometric Black & Cream Area Rug
Best Geometric:
Jaipur Living Mckenzie Indoor/Outdoor Geometric Area Rug
4.2
Foss Ribbed Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
Best Customizable:
Foss Ribbed Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
Testing Now
Frontgate Ashworth Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Best Classic:
Frontgate Ashworth Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Testing Now
IKEA MORUM Rug
Best Budget:
IKEA MORUM Rug
Testing Now
Final Verdict

The Dash & Albert Geometric Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug is extremely well-made and has an eye-catching geometric design that's will make your outdoor space pop. We also love the Ruggable Border Braid Sand Re-Jute Rug, which earned high marks from our testers for its versatile look and ability to be machine washed.

How We Tested

To find the best indoor-outdoor rugs for your needs, we put 31 of the industry's top options to the test at The Lab in Des Moines, IA. From spilling grape juice and BBQ sauce on the rugs to placing them atop rocks and other hard objects, our expert testers spent more than a day assessing each option's quality, texture, durability, and overall value. Our team of writers and editors used their insights to inform the best products to include in this list.

What Is Spruce Approved?

Here at The Spruce we want to ensure we fully stand behind every product we recommend, and that when we say something is the best, we mean it. You might have noticed The Spruce Approved badge next to the products on this list. Every product with this badge has been rigorously tested in person and carefully selected by our expert team of lab testers and editors. In most cases, we buy all these products ourselves, though occasionally we get samples provided to us directly by companies. No matter how we procure products, they all go through the same tests and must meet the same strict criteria to make the best-of cut. We also pride ourselves on transparency and will always let you know if we received a product for free.

Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug

The Spruce / Carrie Bluth

What to Look for in an Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Material

Indoor/outdoor rugs are typically made with synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, and polypropylene. This ensures they won’t get moldy or soggy when exposed to the elements and will dry off quickly. Bamboo rugs are also used outdoors, but they fare better in covered areas.

When it comes to material, you'll also want to keep the thickness in mind. "I really like the thin plastic or woven rugs because they drain well, dry really quickly, and often come in a multitude of color options," says Freda. "They are also very easy to clean and less prone to staining than thicker outdoor rugs." 

Size

As when buying any rug, you’ll want to consider the size and shape that best fits your space. You can find indoor/outdoor rugs that are square, circular, and rectangular—and in a wide range of sizes. If you’re planning to move the rug indoors during the winter, make sure it will fit comfortably in both your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Style

Just because you’re buying an indoor/outdoor rug doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. From simple, solid-colored options to more bold patterned rugs, there are lots to choose from for your space. Make sure to take the space where you're planning the rug into consideration, though. If it's a porch or patio that gets direct sunlight, make sure that the rug you're buying has been treated to resist UV rays. Those in wetter climates will want to get an indoor/outdoor rug that's equipped to handle the elements, keeping absorbency and durability in mind.

FAQ
  • Where would I put an indoor/outdoor rug?

    Indoor-outdoor rugs are an easy way to help pull a space together. They can be used to define or separate areas of your home, patio, or larger rooms that could use more dimension. They're especially helpful in spaces like studio apartments to help carve out and separate a bedroom space from the rest of the house. You can also use your rug as a focal point for your living room or another outdoor area to give it more balance.

    In terms of places to avoid, Freda recommends steering clear of mess-prone areas (for example, near plants or dining areas). "I’m generally not a fan of having outdoor rugs go under planters because of the staining that is likely to happen from dirt coming out the drainage holes," she says. "[M]ake sure you measure ahead of time and get the correct size rug for the space."

  • How do you clean an indoor-outdoor rug?

    Indoor-outdoor rugs don't require a lot of maintenance, most can simply be hosed down on both sides and cleaned with mild dish soap if there are stains. Since most indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic fibers, they're typically easier to clean because the material won't get damaged by water.

    For tougher, dark stains, you'll want to spot clean your rug with club soda to help neutralize the stain. After blotting out the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel, you can then wash it with mild dish soap and warm water before hosing it down completely on both sides. Allow it to air dry thoroughly before placing it back in your home if using it indoors.

  • Can an indoor-outdoor rug get moldy?

    Indoor-outdoor rugs are made of materials that are resistant to the elements. They're designed to dry quickly and resist moisture. Although this may be the case, it's still a good idea to clean your rug regularly, and you'll want to also vacuum your rug regularly to remove any large dirt and debris.

  • Are indoor-outdoor rugs toxic?

    Whether or not indoor-outdoor rugs are toxic depends on the materials and additives they’re made with. Indoor-outdoor rugs made with eco-friendly materials such as wool, jute, and seagrass are non-toxic, while carpets and indoor-outdoor rugs made of synthetic fibers are often treated with flame retardant materials which are toxic. Other additives—like stain and waterproofing materials—also often include toxic chemicals.

Dash and Albert Hand Woven Green Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

The Spruce / Carrie Bluth

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and product tester for The Spruce. She used her knowledge of textile science to select stylish indoor-outdoor rugs that are made from durable materials, considering insights from online reviewers and The Spruce's own product testers. She personally owns the Frontgate Ashworth Rug, which has held up wonderfully for several years, being used both inside and outside.

Lily Sperry contributed additional reporting and research, compiling insights from our team of product testers and consulting Amber Freda, a New York-based landscape designer, for additional input.

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