Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Outdoor rugs inside: Tacky or Terrific?

I would have to say terrific.

But that's just me.

Our home is all hardwoods and tile, thus area rugs are needed to create some coziness.
In the beginning we had a chocolate brown shag rug in the middle of the living room.
I LOVED the look.

However, with 2 dogs and a new cat that got it confused with grass apparently, it didn't hold up well.
We took it to the laundry mat, washed in the bathtub, beat it outside....it was just not working.

Then the idea hit me.

Why not get an indoor/outdoor rug? This way if there is a spill or a pet accident, we can just take it outside and hose it off!

I googled my fingers off looking for the right rug that didn't look like an outdoor rug.
(No palm trees or flamingos allowed.... : )

I scurried to overstock.com and saw this beauty.

I have a weird love affair with houndstooth.

I love it.

So I snatched up the chocolate rug and never looked back. It has been wonderful! We don't have to worry about our pets or visiting little ones spilling.

Plus, no one even realizes its an 'outdoor' rug unless we tell them

Just a disclaimer: It is not the softest rug in the world. It is similar to a jute rug, which is quite a common material for interior rugs. Its definitely softer and cozier than hardwood floors!

Plus, the price was awesome! A 4 by 6 rug for $43! Not bad!

If the funds allow it, I'd love to order the black/brown one for under our dining table. It would be perfect for spills or whatnot under the table!

So whats your opinion on outdoor rugs....tacky or terrific?


  1. We have an "outdoor" rug in our living room. I got it on clearance @ Lowe's at the end of the season for $50. I think its one of the 8x10 rugs - it covers almost the entire living room floor. There have been a few times when my dog ran through the house with muddy feet - I just waited for it to dry, and it brushed right off!

  2. Yay! A vote for 'terrific'! I agree...they are wonderful with pets!

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  4. I vote for terrific too! We ended up with a indoor/outdoor in our entry and it's held up really well with 2 wild dogs and 1 messy husband:)Yours look great!


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