If you have a conservatory, adding those finishing touches with a rug or carpet is easy. But how do you go about buying rugs for your veranda?
The key feature for any type of outdoor rug or carpeting is durability. Obviously the rug must be able to withstand the tougher conditions it will come into contact with regularly as it lays on your veranda. When you consider that it is bound to get dirtier because it is outside, it’s clear that it’s worth spending a little more to get a good quality outdoor rug or carpeting that will last a lot longer.
It doesn’t mean that your heavy duty rug won’t be attractive however – far from it. There is a wide range of designs available to use outdoors, so you are sure to find something that will complement your existing furniture.
Patterned rugs are often a better bet than plain designs, because any stains or dust will be less noticeable. Even though these rugs are made to shrug off and resist the tough conditions they are often subjected to, it’s a fact that plain colours will show up any wear and tear far sooner than patterned ones will.
You also need to make sure that any exterior floor coverings you are interested in buying can be washed very easily. Quite often this type of rug is designed to be hosed down and hung up to dry very quickly – perfect for using outside and very easy to wash on a regular basis to keep it looking as good as the day you bought it.
For a rug of this quality you should expect to pay a reasonable amount, but you will be rewarded with something that will last for a long time. Don’t be tempted to buy too cheaply as standard rugs and carpets are not designed to be used outdoors.
However much you spend, be sure to bring your rugs indoors when the colder weather arrives, as they will last longer if you do so. Hang them up if possible to allow the air to get to them. Rolling them up could result in a musty damp smell getting into them.