What's the difference between an indoor rug and an outdoor rug?

What's the difference between an indoor rug and an outdoor rug?

Indoor & outdoor rugs share a lot of similarities. But they also have distinct differences. Keep reading to learn more.


Indoor/Outdoor rugs have the look and feel you want on your floors with the durability you need outside.


Indoor/Outdoor rugs are offered in standard and custom sizes. Choose one of these all weather rugs for outdoor use that’s large enough for your seating area. At least the front legs of your furniture should fit on the rug.


The main difference between materials used for indoor rugs and outdoor rugs is their durability. Indoor rugs are typically made from fibers like sisal, jute, and wool.

Outdoor rugs are often made with more durable materials such as polypropylene and olefin, which can handle exposure to moisture and sunlight better than typical indoor fabrics.

Indoor & Outdoor Rugs FAQs

Are indoor/outdoor rugs easy to clean? 

Indoor/Outdoor rugs are made from polypropylene synthetic fibers to resist moisture, stains and fading. Just spot-clean, shake or vacuum and/or wash with a hose and then hang to dry. You can drape them over your outdoor furniture for quick drying.

Do you need a rug pad outside?

An outdoor patio pad is highly recommended. It lets air circulate under the rug and helps the rug wear more evenly.

Can outdoor rugs be used inside?

The style and durability of indoor/outdoor rugs make them ideal for kitchens, dining rooms, and screened or three-season porches. Splashes and spills won’t hurt them. They are also great for high-traffic areas such as a hallway or entry.

Can indoor rugs be used outside?

No, indoor rugs are not made to withstand the elements – rain and sun – of the outdoors. The sun can fade them. The rain can cause watermarks and the fibers to disintegrate.

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