Your Guide to Outdoor Rugs

Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy your outdoor living areas! These patios, pool areas, and decks have become extensions of our homes, for entertaining and gathering. We want them to be stylish, comfortable, and fashionable. Because most outdoor furniture is neutral in color and style, it can be a challenge to build an attractive living space that fully captures your unique design personality. So how can you create a fun and functional space that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle?

Stanton Carpet's Bali rug from the Anywhere collection.

Stanton Carpet’s Bali rug from the Anywhere collection.

One of the very best ways to add personality and function to an outdoor living space is with an outdoor rug. Rugs add a splash of color, define a space, and personalize an area. If you haven’t purchased an outdoor rug in a while, you may be shocked. The outdoor rugs of today aren’t the thin straw rugs of yesteryear. These rugs are eye-catching and durable, and comfy enough to walk on in bare feet all summer long. Many are indoor/outdoor, and look equally as lovely and at-home surrounded by trees as they do under your dining room table. They are fashionable, long-lasting, and stain resistant. So how do you choose the best outdoor rug for your living space and lifestyle?

Custom Home Flooring and Rugs knows that there are many factors to consider when choosing an indoor/outdoor rug. We can guide you through every step of the process.


One of our premier brands, Couristan Rugs offers advice about outdoor rugs on their website at We’ve summarized some of their points:

  • Make sure to measure your space and note outdoor obstructions to your rug. We can provide assistance with measuring if needed.
  • Consider different shapes for your rug (these include rounds, squares and octagons). Custom Home Flooring and Rugs can custom cut and bind any rug into any shape, so if you don’t see what you want offered, just ask.
  • If your rug defines your space, go big. A bigger rug makes your space look well designed; use fewer accessories and furniture pieces in these instances.
  • Vacuum or sweep your area rug regularly. Take special care if you use a vacuum with a beater bar. It can catch of pull the loops in the rug pile, causing severe damage. Do not pull loops or tufts. Trim them evenly with a pair of sharp scissors.
  • Sweep under your area rug to avoid mold and mildew buildup.


    This rug from Couristan beckons visitors to the entryway.

  • If something is spilled on your area rug, blot (don’t rub) the affected area, with a soft absorbent cloth. For dirt spot removal, use a solution of mild soap or water.
  • Did you know that you can hose down your rug? Detailed instructions are available on
  • Store your area rug indoors during long stretches of severe weather. This will prolong its life.

We are an authorized dealer of some of the premier indoor/outdoor rug brands. To check out the many styles and patterns available, stop by our showroom or visit the brands online:  Stanton Carpet, Shaw Floors, and Couristan Carpet. And don’t forget, Custom Home Flooring and Rugs offers customized cutting and binding. Your outdoor living space is important, and we want it to reflect you and the style of your home. We can help you find the perfect rug to complete your outdoor living space!

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