Everything you need to know about plastic outdoor rugs for your deck or patio, and where to find the best waterproof outdoor rugs for 2023.
I’m a huge fan of outdoor rugs, and my very favorite ones are plastic. Whaaaaat????, you ask? Yes, you read that right. Most traditional outdoor rugs are made of polypropylene, which of course is also plastic. But today I’m talking about a very specific type of woven plastic outdoor rug.
What Are Plastic Outdoor Rugs?
Plastic outdoor rugs are woven mats made of recycled plastic bottles. They come in many different sizes and patterns, and make great waterproof outdoor rugs for decks and patios. They’re also popular for RV camping, picnics, and other outdoor uses.
What Are The Benefits?
- less expensive than traditional polypropylene outdoor rugs
- most are made of 100% recycled plastic
- UV & fade-resistant
- easy to keep clean
- soft on bare feet
- two-sided with reversible patterns
Cleaning Plastic Outdoor Rugs
The very best thing about woven plastic outdoor rugs is that they’re VERY easy to keep clean. Case in point.
This is the rug on my back deck (photo taken in January). I normally bring my outdoor rugs in for the winter, but this year has been crazy and I never got to it. Fozzy has been romping in the muddy backyard, and as you can see the rug is filthy!
But a quick spray with the garden hose and it’s good as new! I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to clean a standard polypropylene patio rug, but it is definitely a lot harder than this, and usually with less satisfactory results.
These woven plastic mats come in two different formats for storage and portability. The first type can be rolled up just like any other rug for off-season storage. I prefer this style for my outdoor living spaces because they look the best and lay completely flat.
The second type is better suited for camping and other outdoor activities because it folds up. Many even come with a zippered storage tote. I don’t like these as well for my outdoor spaces because it can be difficult to get them to lay perfectly flat.
That said, both styles will work for either purpose. You should be able to tell which is which from the photos on the retailer’s sites.
The Best Plastic Outdoor Rugs for 2023
World Market carries a line of “Rio Mats” every Spring and Summer, and they’re some of my very favorite plastic outdoor rugs. They’re also VERY inexpensive.
These World Market Rio Mats generally come in 6’x9′ and 8’x10′, so if you need a larger size, then look at the options below.
I also love woven plastic rugs from Fab Habitat, which are available on Amazon.
This guide wouldn’t be complete without a roundup of my favorite stylish waterproof rug designs for this season.
I chose these particular rugs because they’re modern and stylish, they have pattern repeats that should be relatively easy to arrange patio furniture around, and they’re budget-friendly.
You’ll find rugs to go with modern Boho, mid-century, modern farmhouse, and transitional patio decor, and almost all are available in multiple sizes.
Black & White Plastic Outdoor Rugs
I’ve always been a sucker for bold black and white patterns. And a plastic rug is probably the only place I would be okay using a fair amount of white or cream on an outdoor rug because I know it won’t look dingy after just a few weeks!
I love this rio mat from World Market in my outdoor living room. Unfortunately it’s not available this season, but I found a similar pattern (A below).
Check out these modern geometric patterns:
A. Playa Outdoor Recycled Plastic Floor Mat in Black & White, from Etsy
B. Fab Habitat Boho Tribal Kilimanjaro Rug, from Amazon (I’ve owned this fabulous rug for a few years now. You can see a picture of it in my outdoor dining space.)
C. Black & White Reversible Indoor Outdoor Rug, from World Market
D. Milan Black & White Recycled Plastic Floor Mat, from Amazon
E. Fab Habitat Serowe Tribal Outdoor Area Rug, from Amazon
F. Fab Habitat Cairo Waterproof Rug in Natural & Black, from Amazon
G. Rio Black Moroccan Style Plastic Rug, from World Market
H. Black Geometric Plastic Straw Rug, from Amazon
I. Fab Habitat Nairobi Lattice Outdoor Rug, from Amazon
And here are more inexpensive black & white outdoor rugs if you didn’t find something in the list above.
Grey Plastic Outdoor Rugs
A. Grey Coral Indoor Outdoor Plastic Rug, from Amazon
B. Geometric Grey Reversible Grey Patio Rug, from Amazon
C. Reversible Waterproof Outdoor Mat in Tropical Grey, from Walmart
D. RV Patio Mat in Grey, from Amazon
E. Oriental Recycled Plastic Outdoor Area Rug in Grey & Black, from Walmart
F. Rio Black Mod Tile Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat, from World Market
G. Waterproof Reversible Plastic Outdoor Rug in Charcoal, from Amazon
H. Tropical Leaves Plastic Area Rug in Gray, from Walmart
Navy Plastic Outdoor Rugs
A. Fab Habitat Fade Resistant Plastic Outdoor Rug in Navy Blue, from Amazon
B. Geometric Tribal Outdoor Area Rug in Navy, from Walmart
C. Moroccan Patterned Plastic Straw Rug in Navy & White, from Walmart
D. Striped Arrow Boho Outdoor Rug in Blue, from Amazon
E. Navy Striped Outdoor Camping Mat & Patio Rug, from Amazon
F. 5′ Round Foldable Plastic Rug in Navy Medallion, from Walmart
G. Navy & White Trellis Recycled Plastic Straw Rug, from Walmart
H. Fab Habitat Fade Resistant Recycled Plastic Rug, from Amazon
Blue Plastic Outdoor Rugs
A. Tribal Stripes Outdoor Area Rug in Grey & Blue, from Walmart
B. Mod Striped Patio Rug in Blue, from Amazon
C. Boho Blue Medallion 5′ Round Plastic Rug, from Amazon
D. 6’x9′ Plastic Patio Rug in Indigo & White, from Amazon
E. Recycled Plastic Patio Rug in Blue, from Walmart
F. 5×8 Portable Plastic Outdoor Rug in Dark Blue, from Amazon
G. Blue Ikat Patio Rug, from Walmart
H. Foldable Plastic Rug in Light Blue, from Walmart
I. Foldable and Reversible Plastic Outdoor Rug in Blue, from Amazon
J. Geometric Round Woven Plastic Rug in Blue, from Amazon
K. 8×10 Plastic Rug in Blue Foliage, from Amazon
L. Rio Blue Sorrento Tile Reversible Indoor Outdoor Floor Mat, from World Market
M. Fab Habitat Indigo Stripes Outdoor Rug, from Amazon
N. Fab Habitat Boho Southwestern Crease Free Rug in Blue, from Amazon
O. Moroccan Tile Pattern Plastic Area Rug in Blue, from Amazon
P. Blue Coastal Stripe Plastic Rug, from Walmart
Teal & Turquoise Waterproof Outdoor Rugs
A. Turquoise & Green Striped Plastic Outdoor Rug, from Amazon
B. Fab Habitat Mod Striped Outdoor Rug, from Amazon
C. Woven Plastic Lattice Patio Rug in Aqua, from Amazon
D. Fab Habitat Kilim Woven Plastic Rug, from Amazon
E. Modern Diamonds Outdoor Rug in Teal, from Amazon
F. Medallion Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Plastic Rug, from Walmart
G. Blue Geometric Waterproof Rug, from Amazon
H. Geometric Plastic Patio Mat, from Walmart
I. Fab Habitat Seville Plastic Rug, from Amazon (this is the rug in my girls’ playhouse pictured above)
J. Durable Polypropylene Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Blue Stripe, from Amazon
Green Plastic Patio Rugs
I just got this fabulous green plastic outdoor rug (D below) for my sister’s Boho deck makeover. You can see more details and shop the look here.
A. Playa Plastic Outdoor Rug in Aztec Green, from Amazon
B. iCustomRug Round Geometric Rug in Green & White, from Amazon
C. Reversible Picnic & Beach Area Rug in Green, from Amazon
D. Green Palm Leaves Reversible Rio Mat, from World Market (pictured on my sister’s deck in the photo above)
E. Fab Habitat Woven Plastic Outdoor Rug in Green Panama, from Amazon
F. Green Leaves Plastic Patio Rug, from Amazon
G. Fab Habitat Outdoor Rug in Vintage Green Kilim, from Amazon
H. Palm Leaves Rug Mat in Green, from Amazon
I. Diamond Patterned Waterproof Floor Mat, from Amazon
Yellow Plastic Outdoor Rugs
A. 5×8 Striped Arrow Woven Plastic Rug in Yellow, from Amazon
B. Yellow Sunrise Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rio Mat, from World Market
C. 8×10 Plastic Straw Rug in Yellow, from Amazon
D. iCustomRug Geometric Yellow & White Mat, from Amazon
E. 8×10 Fab Habitat Outdoor Rio Rug in Yellow, from Amazon
F. Reversible Modern Plastic Outdoor Rug in Yellow, from Amazon
Red, Orange & Rust Plastic Rugs
A. Vintage Boho Kilim Plastic Outdoor Rug in Orange & Violet, from Amazon
B. Recycled Plastic Floor Mat in Orange & White, from Walmart
C. Geometric Patio Mat in Orange, from Amazon
D. Rio Reversible Luna Indoor Outdoor Mat in Rust, from World Market
E. Rust Diamond Rio Mat, from World Market
F. Reversible Waterproof Outdoor Rug in Red, from Etsy
G. Orange Coral Floral Medallion Plastic Rug, from Walmart
H. Terracotta Tile Rio Mat, from World Market
A. Geometric Bohemian Plastic Area Rug, from Amazon
B. 6′ Round Brown Leopard Print Plastic Outdoor Rug, from Walmart
C. 5×8 Premium Quality Plastic Rug, from Amazon
D. Moroccan Pattern Plastic Outdoor Mat in Beige, from Amazon
E. 5×7 Stain & UV Resistant Rug in Brown & Cream, from Walmart
F. Trava Home Brown Geometric Backyard Rug, from Amazon
G. Geometric Bohemian Plastic Rug, from Amazon
H. 5′ Round Taupe Medallion Rug, from Amazon
I. Fab Habitat Plastic Rug in Burnt Orange, from Amazon
I hope this gives you some great ideas for your patio! Plastic outdoor rugs are THE BEST!