How to Choose Outdoor Rug Sizes

What Size Rug Do You Need for Your Porch Deck or Patio?

Many people use outdoor rugs to add softness and style to their patio layouts. However, with so many different size options available, knowing what rug dimensions would work best for your setup can be challenging. Thankfully, this outdoor rug guide can help you choose the perfect patio rugs for your outdoor spaces.

Overview

Check out this post to learn about:
  • Layouts – well-fitting rug sizes for different outdoor layouts
  • Uses – common uses for various patio rug sizes
  • Designs – best color and style options across outdoor rug sizes

Layouts

Sizes Based on Type of Space
Before you start considering different outdoor rug sizes, you’ll need to measure your layout and determine how much space you have available. Knowing the square footage of your setup can help narrow your search so you can choose floor mats that fit.

The following size suggestions should give you a general idea of what rugs would work for your outdoor hangout.

Porch

People often use a 2×3 rug as a welcome mat on the front porch. If you’ve got more furniture on your enclosed patio or porch layout, you might consider placing a 3×5 floor mat or outdoor 5×7 rug beneath your glider, bench or recliner chairs.

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Balcony

What Size Rug for a Balcony?
Most balconies are smaller and more narrow than your typical porch or patio, so a 2×6 indoor/outdoor runner rug may be your best bet. However, if your balcony is wider than normal, you could use a 3′ or 4′ round outdoor rug under your porch swing or rocker and a 3×10 mat or rectangular outdoor rug to soften the floor beneath a foldable hammock.

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On a balcony or porch, an outdoor rug rests close to the door. Perfect for catching soil, it will help you keep the dirt outside and your feet clean when coming inside. If you have windows or glass doors that enable you to see both spaces at the same time, pay particular attention to make sure the styling of your indoor and outdoor rooms complement each other.

Deck

Soften your deck floors using outdoor rugs.

Well-Fitting Outdoor Deck Rugs
On wood decks, an outdoor rug can reduce the chance of getting splinters in bare feet. The rug will also help protect the wood and the deck finish from getting marred when chairs or tables are being moved.

Depending on the dimensions of your back deck, you might have room for a 5×8 outdoor rug or a slightly larger 6×9 option. Spacious rugs like these make excellent foundations for a 5 pc seating arrangement or a 6 pc dining set.

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Large Space

Courtyard, Terrace or Large Patio
Large outdoor rugs are perfect for grand courtyards and terraces. Roll out an 8×10 outdoor rug for additional softness under your 10 pc patio sectional.

Meanwhile, a longer 8×11 rug gives you extra coverage beneath your 9 pc dining set with an extension table.

8×11 rug beneath a dining set

On the patio, an outdoor rug will help keep the patio furniture from scraping or chipping stone and minimize furniture wobble caused by irregular natural surfaces. Plus, it adds softness under foot and provides a cooler surface for bare feet when the mid-day sun heats the stone or tile.

Rug Layout Chart

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How you want to style your patio can influence the size and shape of the rugs you choose. Check out this rug layout guide infographic with four useful types of furniture and rug arrangements.

  • “All In” – furniture inside the borders of the rug
  • “Legs Only” – only front legs of chairs touching the rug
  • “On the Edge” – furniture around exterior edge of rug
  • “2 Ft Allowance” – furniture inside two feet of large area rug

Uses

How Do You Use Outdoor Rugs?
How you plan to use your patio rug can help you choose the right size mat as well. These must-have outdoor accessories serve several practical purposes, and each size and type of rug brings its own functional flair to your setup.

Wondering whether a large or small outdoor rug would work best for your personal open-air retreat? Consider the common uses for each option to help you decide.

Small Outdoor Rugs

Divide Up Space
While smaller mats usually give visitors a spot to wipe their feet before entering your home, they can also help you divvy up the space and spotlight each area of your patio. Arrange a 5×7 rectangular rug beneath an outdoor sofa and a circular rug under a round dining table to designate each section.

Also, use a narrow indoor/outdoor runner as a pathway so you can walk barefoot between stations.

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Small patio mats can divide your layout and help keep mud and dirt outdoors.

Large Outdoor Rugs

Due to their spacious dimensions, large rugs typically serve protective purposes on your patio. Many wide mats help prevent your outdoor chair and table legs from scuffing your wooden deck or painted pavers. Big outdoor carpets featuring quick-drying, synthetic fibers can also keep your patio floors from sustaining extensive water damage from rain or snow.

A large outdoor rug can protect your guests as well as your property. Placing an outdoor area rug beneath your poolside chaise lounges provides a barrier between your feet and the uncomfortably hot concrete. On a wooden deck, these wide mats also prevent bare feet from accidentally picking up splinters.

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A large rug under a dining set will allow chairs to move more easily.

Designs

Decorative Outdoor Rug Ideas
Once you decide what size outdoor patio rug would work best for your space, you can select mats that complement your design, color scheme and the overall atmosphere of your layout. As you browse different rug shapes, sizes and patterns, prioritize items that help you:

Color

Boost Your Color Palette
Adding a colorful rug to your current patio setup is a quick and easy way to refresh the space. If you have a neutral black or white conversation set, consider bringing in a bold red, teal, orange or sunny yellow outdoor rug to liven things up. Or, set the foundation of your monochrome dining area with black or white patio carpeting.

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Theme

Establish a Decorative Theme
Patterned rugs also give your outdoor decor a little extra oomph. Nautical designs are the perfect complement to coastal dining sets, while striped and tropical rugs give modern conversation sets a chic resort vibe. If your patio decor leans more traditional, amp up the old-world charm with a colorful floral rug.

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Feel

Set the Mood:
Decorative rugs are great if you’re looking to breathe new life into your patio. Want to evoke a grounded, earthy vibe on your deck? A green patio rug with a leafy pattern elevates your furniture set, connecting it to the plants and flowers surrounding the space. On the other hand, a rug with a unique bicycle motif promotes a refreshing, whimsical feel on your balcony.

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Decoration

Show off Your Decorating Skills:
Outdoor rugs are the perfect decor items for letting your design savvy shine. Look for modern patio rugs with geometric patterns that complement your furniture’s sleek silhouettes for a cohesive approach. Or, break up your layout with abstract-print rugs that provide contrast against the clean lines and angular design of your tables and chairs.