The magic formula: Large area rug, stain- and UV-resistant polypropylene composition.
Standard dimensions: 8′ x 10′, 9′ x 12′, 10′ x 14′
A furnished deck or porch feels more complete when paired with an outdoor rug—even a neutral, non-patterned option can make a big difference. When choosing one, durability should be at the top of your list—weatherproof goes without saying. These days, most outdoor rugs are performance or stain-resistant, though you can still get away with a handful of natural fiber options. But take note: “Jute is absorbent, and it does tend to rot when areas are kept damp too long,” says Wagner. “Many outdoor rugs that state they are mildew-resistant are referring to the outer polypropylene plastic fibers, however, the interior often incorporates jute and/or cotton, which will mildew when left damp for too long.” She suggests frequently checking the backside for signs of mold.