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
Julianna Palm Leaf indoor-outdoor rug
The tropical 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
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!
Florence outdoor rug
The chic grey and black Florence rug, with its on-trend geometric pattern, would fit into any contemporary decor scheme. In fact, we think it would look just as fab in a living room or sunroom as on your decking! Plus, this rug doesn’t just look good – made of weather-resistant polypropylene, it’s hardwearing and easy to clean, too.
Available in 160 x 230cm for £84.95 or 200 x 290cm for £109.95, it’s a great large outdoor rug for hosting a family gathering.
Reversible Nirvana waterproof outdoor rug
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 Reversible Outdoor Nirvana Rug above in striking black and white. 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!
Henna Pattern White & Grey Outdoor Rug
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 Homescapes makes the most of its circular design, featuring a boho-inspired mandala motif in a chic white and grey colourway.
Woven from 100% recycled plastic, we think this rug would make a lovely base for an outdoor armchair, or work perfectly underneath a bistro set.
Isidor indoor/outdoor rug
You can always count on La Redoute for simple and chic Gallic style, and this hand-woven ecru rug is a classic example.
Plus, at a vast 200cm by 290cm, this rug could truly transform your deck or patio into extra ‘room’ for entertaining during the summer months. If you’re looking for a large outdoor rug, this is the one for you!
Aztec Indoor & Outdoor Rug
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.
Salerno Indoor Outdoor Runner
Not only does this outdoor runner have weather-proof and UV-resistant qualities, but it’s also completely stain-resistant – all you have to do is clean it down with a hose.
Thanks to its traditional runner shape, this outdoor rug is perfect for zoning different areas in your garden or sitting underneath furniture. We think it looks particularly good styled beneath an outdoor sofa (as pictured above), and we love the fact that you can switch it between outdoors and your hallway in the winter months.
Paletto Outdoor Rug
If you’re looking to bring a splash of vibrant colour to your outdoor area, you can’t go wrong with this Paletto outdoor rug by iconic interiors brand, Harlequin.
Measuring 140x200cm and made entirely of polypropylene, this bright and cheerful rug will give your garden an instant, summery lift. Simply spot clean it with water and mild detergent to keep it looking new, and bring it inside during any particularly bad weather spells.