Outdoor Entertaining Areas

6 of the best waterproof & water-resistant outdoor rugs that will actually last

For the outdoor entertaining, no matter the season.
Cath Muscat

When gathering pieces to create your outdoor oasis, outdoor dining sets, an outdoor firepit, a low to the ground coffee table, a portable BBQ, are just some of the few things that spring to mind. And, without realising, one of the most crucial elements of an outdoor space – an outdoor rug – is quietly forgotten. 

Lucky for you, we’re here to put a spotlight on, in our opinion, one of the most important pieces within an outdoor setting, a waterproof outdoor rug

A rug – indoor or outdoor – is a great addition to any space. It can be used to separate spaces within an open plan room, or it’s a great way to add a bit of colour (and protection) to an outdoor setting. And, when it comes to choosing an outdoor rug, there are many factors that come into play such as size, shape and its weather-resistant capabilities.

What makes an outdoor rug waterproof?

At the top of our ‘wants’ when it comes to an outdoor rug is ensuring it is water-resistant or waterproof. 

When purchasing an outdoor rug, it’s easy to assume all rugs are waterproof—however, this is not necessarily the case. Some are made to be used during the peak of summer (when rain is less common) and aren’t crafted to withstand a rain shower. 

So, when selecting an outdoor rug (especially when the weather in Australia is…moody, to say the least), it’s vital to find one that is waterproof and weather-resistant.

Materials

Starting with the foundation, we’d recommend looking for rugs that are made out of synthetic materials like polypropylene. It’s tempting to opt for an all-natural fibre rug, however, oftentimes these are not as weather-proof as its synthetic counterparts and doesn’t end up lasting very long – costing you more, in the long run.

Polypropylene has moisture-wicking properties and is also fade-resistant – which is great when placed outdoors. 

However, if you do prefer choosing an all-natural fibre rug, look for signs that it is breathable. Steer clear from all-natural rugs with backings such as rubber that prevent air from flowing through them easily. 

2024’s TOP WATERPROOF OUTDOOR RUGS

  1. Network Rugs navy and white striped power-loomed outdoor rug, from $74.95 (usually $169), Temple & Webster (here’s why)
  2. Lifestyle Collection floor rug in grey, $499, Freedom (here’s why)
  3. Charlie beige indoor/outdoor rug, $279 (usually $399), Miss Amara (here’s why)


The best waterproof outdoor rugs to buy in Australia 2024

To help you find the perfect waterproof or water-resistant rug to add to your outdoor patio, read on for our top picks for the season.

01

Network Rugs navy and white striped power-loomed outdoor rug

from $74.95 (usually $169), Temple & Webster

This classic navy-striped rug will turn your outdoor patio into a coastal oasis. Crafted from durable polypropylene and featuring a waterproof pile and backing, it’s perfect for the moody Australian weather.

Material: polypropylene

Key features:

  • Crafted from polypropylene
  • Non-shedding design
  • Waterproof pile and backing

02

Lifestyle Collection floor rug in grey

$499, Freedom

Featuring a timeless Persian pattern with easy-to-style grey tones, this outdoor rug from Freedom is a no-brainer. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and made from polypropylene so you know it will be durable and easy to clean.

Material: polypropylene

Sizes: 160 x 230cm, 200 x 290cm, 300 x 400cm

Colours: grey, natural

Key features:

  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Made from polypropylene
  • Flatweave design

03

Charlie beige indoor/outdoor rug

$279 (usually $399), Miss Amara

Made from 100 per cent polypropylene fibres, this indoor/outdoor rug from Miss Amara features neutral tones that will fit in most outdoor patio designs. It’s hard-wearing and UV-safe, making it a great option for your outdoor setting.

Sizes: 230 x 160cm, 330 x 240cm

Material: polypropylene

Key features:

  • Combination of handmade and machine-made loops
  • Dense 8mm pile
  • Made from polypropylene
  • Indoor/outdoor use
  • Pet-friendly

04

Mika grey braided flatweave indoor/outdoor rug

$249, Miss Amara

This braided round rug features hues of grey and is the perfect addition to a smaller patio seating area. Its 100 per cent polypropylene construction makes it hard-wearing and stain-resistant, too.

Material: polypropylene

Sizes: 150 x 150cm, 200 x 200cm, 240 x 240cm

Key features:

  • Rounded design
  • Stain resitant
  • Pet friendly
  • 100% polypropylene

05

Fab Habitat recycled plastic outdoor rug

$69.90, Myer

Made from 100 per cent recycled fabric and featuring a unique geometric pattern, this rug is good for your outdoor setting and the planet. Plus, it’s UV stabilised to minimise fading, so you can enjoy this outdoor rug for seasons to come.

Size: 120 x 179cm

Materials: recycled plastic

Key features:

  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Shake/hose off to clean
  • Lightweight

06

Rug Destination Dalton indoor/outdoor rug

from $29.95, Temple & Webster

Fully washable and hard-wearing, this rug from Temple & Webster will add a pop of colour to your alfresco dining space in an instant.

Material: polypropylene, rubber

Sizes: 80 x 50cm, 90 x 57cm, 120 x 66cm, 150 x 80cm, 230 x 66cm, 170 x 120cm, 230 x 160cm, 330 x 240cm, 380 x 280cm

Key features:

  • Non-slip backing
  • UV-resistant
  • Non-shedding design
  • Waterproof

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