As the weather warms up, there’s nothing nicer than spending time out in the garden to soak up the sunshine and enjoy a glass of wine or an al fresco dinner.
Outdoor rugs are a practical and stylish addition to any garden or yard. Although they can be used as an impromptu picnic blanket in the garden, outdoor rugs are intended to remain in your garden or outdoor space rather than for use on the go. An outdoor rug looks especially fabulous styled on a decked area or patio, perhaps as a base for your garden furniture.
If you’re putting on a picnic lunch or just enjoying a beer or two as the sun goes down, a waterproof garden rug is essential to avoid any accidental spills spoiling the laid-back mood. We’ve included several waterproof outdoor rugs in our round-up.
The best outdoor rugs aren’t necessarily pricey, either. While we’ve included a couple of garden rugs from high-end names, the majority of our picks are firmly in budget-friendly territory.
Read on to discover our picks for the best garden rugs available to buy right now!
The best outdoor rugs in the UK
Annex Palm Leaf indoor-outdoor rug, Wayfair, £65.99
The vibrant palm leaf print of this indoor-outdoor rug, available from Wayfair, makes it an uplifting addition to any garden entertaining space. We think it looks particular special when styled as above, against wooden decking, or perhaps against tile in a conservatory or boot room.
The synthetic material is stain-resistant, giving you peace of mind in the event of any wine spills or dripping sauces when you’re hosting guests for a relaxed summer supper.
Argos Home Global Yellow outdoor rug, Argos, £15
Inspired by Middle Eastern geometric patterns, this sunny yellow garden rug from Argos will instantly brighten up a dull patio or paved area. Its slim shape also makes it a great option for a balcony. Rain and stain resistant, too, this is a rug that is far more hard-wearing than its stylish appearance might suggest – and the ultimate cheap outdoor rug at £15!
Habitat outdoor rug, Amazon.co.uk, £99.95
If you’re looking for a large outdoor rug, the Habitat from The Rug House, available through Amazon.co.uk, might just be the one for you! Also available as a smaller rug or as a narrow runner, the large version of the Habitat rug measures 200cm by 290cm – enough to cover a large portion of most patios or decks!
Its large size and stylish tribal design make this rug perfect for turning your garden into extra ‘room’ for entertaining during the summer months. Plus, the synthetic material is treated to make it water-resistant in case of any sudden showers!
Arabian Nights waterproof outdoor rug, Primrose, £67.99
While many garden rugs are treated to become water-resistant, gardening store Primrose offer 100% waterproof outdoor rugs – meaning you can leave them outside all year round if you want! Weatherproof and ultra easy to clean, these are the last word in low maintenance garden rugs!
Primrose offer a range of sizes and styles, but we’re partial to the Arabian Nights-inspired reversible design above in zesty orange. Made of recycled plastic straws, they’re resistant to sun, water and mildew damage – plus, their light weight they can easily double up as a picnic blanket!
Sticks indoor-outdoor circle rug, Dunelm, £69
A round outdoor rug can make an eye-catching focal point against the angular shapes of rectangular decking or paving. This indoor-outdoor rug from Dunelm makes the most of its circular design, featuring monochrome lines radiating out from the centre.
Available in two sizes, we think the smaller version would make a lovely base for an outdoor armchair, while the larger size would be perfect to go underneath a bistro set.
Isidor indoor/outdoor rug, La Redoute, £85.50
You can always count on La Redoute for simple and chic Gallic style, and this hand-woven ecru rug is a classic example. Available in three sizes, we think it would look amazing as a base for the navy blue John Lewis Italian riviera-look sunbed featured in our garden furniture round-up, or for an outdoor grazing table.
Indoors, why not use as a boho touch for a bedroom or living room, perhaps underneath a coffee table or styled against a hardwood floor.
Aztec Indoor & Outdoor Rug, John Lewis, £80
John Lewis’s new ANYDAY range promises the quality customers have come to expect from the trusted high street stalwart at an astonishingly affordable price. Included in the range is the Aztec indoor-outdoor rug, woven in a mix of polyester, nylon, acrylic and wool fibres for maximum durability.
It’s available in two sizes and three colours: grey, yellow and our favourite – teal, teal shown above. The washed-out look to the colouring gives it a deliciously beachy feel.