Indoor Outdoor Carpeting

Indoor outdoor carpeting is better today than it was originally because it resembles carpeting more than before. Indoor outdoor carpet can be found in a variety of colors and textures to suit your tastes. Outdoor carpeting is great on decks, patios, porches and stairways — any outdoor room you have. Learning how to install outdoor carpeting is easy.


Indoor outdoor carpeting is carpeting that can be placed both indoors and outdoors, be exposed to the elements and survive. It has many advantages in this manner simply because it will not become ruined in most weather conditions. It is often used on porches, in sun rooms and in other locations in which there is possible exposure to the elements.

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There are several disadvantages of indoor outdoor carpeting including it is not as comfortable to bare feet, it’s not as stylish, and it looks “cheaper” as other types of carpet. Nonetheless, it is quite affordable and an excellent choice for many locations.

Indoor outdoor carpeting is the ideal type of flooring to use in many situations in which there will be exposure to the elements. It is great for the porch, a screened in deck or patio, and any area in which you don’t want a concrete slab but something more comfortable. It is resistant to damage from rain, snow, ice and wind. When properly applied, outdoor carpeting can last for several years providing comfort and a finished look to your outdoor area.

Indoor outdoor carpet can be chosen from a variety of colors and styles, unlike in the past when your choices were quite limited. Some is more of a shag type material which is cut very short. Others are similar to standard types of carpeting. They can be made of soft plastics but most commonly are made out of synthetic materials that resemble the constitution of many types of carpet for indoors.


Commonly, it can be purchased in gray, brown, black, green, and tans. It can be laid in a wall to wall fashion to cover the floor surface, or it can be laid in just a small area like a throw rug.

It is easy to learn how to install outdoor carpeting, and it’s not much different from installing it indoors. The process is easy, depending on the amount of exposure that the indoor outdoor carpeting will receive and how many corners you have to cut. To lay outdoor carpeting, you need to use either double sided, heavy duty tape or you will want to use an adhesive that is normally sold with the carpeting itself. Here are some basic steps:


  1. Lay the double sided tape around the edge of the room that needs to be carpeted after it has been cleared of all furnishings and has been cleaned thoroughly. Leave the tape backing in place for now.
  2. Lay the carpeting in the middle of the room, making sure to extend it over all edges of the room far enough to cover all corners.
  3. One by one, fold back each side of the carpeting, remove the backing on the table and lay the carpeting down.
  4. . Cut away excess carpet, making sure to get as close as possible to the edges. Cut away excess by doors and corners enough to allow for a neat fit.
  5. Press along the edges to insure that the carpeting is in place.


Indoor outdoor carpeting can be purchased at many home improvement stores as well as flooring stores. You can also find it available on the web. It is an excellent product to put in various locations of your home or business. It is resistant to stain, easy to clean, and it will offer comfort to “outdoor” areas of your home. Indoor outdoor carpeting adds a finishing touch to any outdoor room.

35 thoughts on “Indoor Outdoor Carpeting

  1. I have two little dogs that periodically pee on the carpet around my bed (I am disabled & bedbound most of the time). It has occurred to me that I could put down indoor/outdoor carpet around my bed. If/when it is soiled, it could be hosed down outside to clean it (or so the ads claim).
    Do you think this would work?

  2. I have a porch that is being enclosed off my RV. Since I have a dog and grandchildren that come in and out, I was wondering what the best flooring would be for this area. It will have several windows in a small 9 by 11 area.

  3. Hi, I removed outdoor carpet on my patio. It was glued down to concrete. I couldn’t get all the glue & adhesive off and there’s tufts of carpet still. They aren’t coming up as I’ve tried everything. I thought maybe I could just use concrete paint over it, but it looks terrible.
    Any advice on inexpensive flooring I can put down on the concrete? It’s a covered screen-enclosed patio that leads to the pool area. Thanks!

  4. You’ll probably have to strip off the paint before you try anything else – except maybe some more outdoor carpeting. There are lots of alternatives, but not cheap ones. The only other thing I can suggest is to really try to get up the adhesive and carpet tufts. Some people have had success with hot water & a scraper/wire brush/steel wool approach, others have resorted to using chemicals to dissolve the adhesive. If the enclosed porch isn’t too large, something like an epoxy/pebble or resin/pebble flooring would look fabulous and be very easy to take care of.

  5. Thanks for your reply. I’ve actually decided to have new outdoor carpeting put down. I would try it myself, but there’s lots of edges due to an inground spa built into the lanai.

  6. Hi, it’s me again. I just got back from a visit to the big box retailer to get the measurement visit. The mgr there told me I’d have to remove the concrete paint or the adhesive they use won’t work. Is this true?
    This is getting to be a huge job that I didn’t expect, so now am back @ square one *sigh*

  7. Hi Jo,
    Yes, that is quite possible. Stripping it isn’t all that hard though. Sometimes you can get by with just roughing up the surface really well (really coarse sandpaper). I’d recommend Bostick’s Best for adhesive – it works very well.

  8. I have a problem of outdoor rugs disintegrating after a few months use. I’ve purchased them from Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs and Lowes. They are made of Olefin and are labeled for outdoor use. The warp threads seem to disintegrate into a sand like dust. Before long the cross-wise weft fibers come loose since there’s nothing holding them in place. I can’t find anything about Olefin or polypropylene disintegrating. I have used the rugs on a deck and screened porch. Any ideas on what’s going on? They’re made in China.

  9. Hi Carla,
    I haven’t a clue as to what is going on with these. Could it be that you have them on a surface that abrades the rug from underneath? What type of surface are these rugs covering? It would be my guess that they are simply inferior products. I’m guessing that they didn’t have any type of warranty, right? All I can suggest is saving receipts, price tags, etc. the next time so you can contact the manufacturer/store in hopes of getting a refund.

  10. The outdoor rugs are on treated lumber that’s been stained and sealed. I’ve purchased regular outdoor carpet for areas of our concrete patio and it’s held up great. These rugs cost between $200.-$300. each. It’s really frustrating and expensive!

  11. Hi Carla,
    That is really odd. I’ll bet there’s some sort of chemical reaction between the sealer on the lumber and the Olefin (petroleum based product – think soda pop bottles). Any idea what type of product was used on the treated wood? I’m guessing it wasn’t a water based sealer.

  12. You’re right, it wasn’t water based…it was a marine grade oil based stain from the company Sikkens. I hadn’t thought about a possible chemical reaction. That’s probably it. Thanks!

  13. What about laying a large piece (12X14)of Olefin outdoor carpet on a deck? We purchased a home where the deck is made of pine and was not treated for 3 years. There are numberous splinters and even after staining with solid Behr stain we are thinking it might be safef for our toddler children to have most of the deck area covered. The indoor/outdoor carpet seemed like a good option. Can we just lay it down like a large rug?

  14. Hi Christy,
    It can be just laid out, but be careful of the carpet shifting to where it is uneven. Wouldn’t want anybody tripping! Using staples here and there that you have to hammer in may be a good option (around the edges) to help keep the carpet taught. They’re smooth on the surface, just in case little feet get on them. ;~) Often indoor/outdoor carpeting is glued down, don’t know if you’d want to go that route on your deck though.

  15. I have noticed that many of the discussions pertain to covering decks or concrete slabs that are on screened porches. Do you know if the indoor/outdoor carpet will stand up well on an exposed deck? The previous owners used a paint stain on the deck, which keeps peeling off every year and looks awful. It is next to impossible to keep it looking nice.
    Is there any concern with moisture being held under the indoor/outdoor carpet and rotting the deck slats? If so, is there any way to help prevent this or do you have another option for us?
    Thanks! We really work hard on our yard and don’t won’t our deck being such an eyesore anymore!

  16. I was thinking of laying an outdoor carpet over existing linolium I have in my sunroom. Is there anything i should be particularly concerned about before doing this?

  17. My garage floor has just been repainted and I would like to put a rug down. I was told that a rubber backing is the best. The floor measures 16′
    square. I need a rug or mat that my two cars can drive on. I am 82 years old and am concerned about falling on a painted floor if it is wet or slippery.

  18. Attea,
    Rubber garage flooring is a rubber garage flooring that rolls-out onto the floor. No floor preparation is required. The flooring is available in custom sizes.
    The flooring also provides noise reduction and padding for extra comfort on feet.

    • Hello!
      Yes, absolutely you can, if the indoor/outdoor carpeting is inside (like in a basement or work room). In fact, you definitely should use a carpet pad underneath if the indoor/outdoor carpeting is being installed inside and you don’t intend to adhere it to the subfloor, as using a pad will protect whatever flooring you have down underneath in addition to providing extra comfort underfoot. In this case, you can really use any kind of carpet pad you like underneath, though the information in this article on our site may help you choose which one: . Of course, if you choose to adhere an indoor/outdoor carpet to the floor underneath, use of a carpet pad would be impossible.
      If, however, the indoor/outdoor carpeting is being used outdoors (or even semi-outdoors, like in a screened-in porch area), or somewhere where you anticipate moisture, I would say do not use a carpet pad. All that will happen in that case is that any time there is water you will need to dispose of the carpet pad, as it will have soaked up the moisture, trapping dampness and resulting in a mold problem.
      Best of luck and let us know how things work out!

  19. We built a wooden platform, covered it with indoor/outdoor carpet(screwed onto the wooden frame), then put a gazebo on it that now comes down for winter. Question – do we leave the carpet exposed to the elements, cover it with plastic? Your opinion would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Well, my answer will depend on a few different factors.
      1.Did you put any kind of a carpet pad under the indoor/outdoor carpet or did the carpet itself come with a pad attached? If you have a carpet pad underneath that is not completely water proof, definitely cover and do not leave it exposed to the elements, as you will end up with a mold and mildew problem really fast.
      2.Did you treat the wood with any kind of a sealant before laying the indoor/outdoor carpet? If you didn’t, I’d recommend going ahead and doing that and probably re-treating it annually. Maybe plan to do that each year when you take the gazebo down? This would mean the indoor/outdoor carpet could be left exposed to the elements without ruining the wood underneath. I wouldn’t plan on the carpeting being sufficient protection for the wood underneath without sealant.
      3.Do you care about fading on the carpet? Leaving it exposed will definitely fade the carpet faster than covering it. This would be the main reason, in my opinion, to cover it.
      Otherwise, good luck and let me know how it goes!

  20. Put a large area of indoor outdoor carpeting on deck that is mostly covered. About 2 feet and around edges will get snow. Have it taped down in spots with 2-way tape for carpeting. Should I pull up for winter or leave down entire year? Will it get moldy underneath?

    • This really depends on the kind of indoor outdoor carpet you have. If you have an indoor outdoor carpet that has marine backing, you are less likely to end up with a mold problem. Also, it will depend a little bit on how much snow you are anticipating and whether the areas that will get snow will also see a bit of the sun. The sun helps prevent the mold and mildew from getting out of control.
      Really, I would base the final decision on whether to pull up the carpet based on a few different concerns:
      1. How hard is it to pull up the carpet and store for the winter? If it’s really simple and not a huge area, certainly just pull it up for the winter and lay it back out when the snow has passed!
      2. Is the wood on the deck underneath sealed and safe? If not (or if the deck hasn’t been re-sealed in a long time), you don’t want to trap the moisture between the carpet and the deck and risk damage to the wood. Go ahead and pull it up and seal the deck before the snow moves in for the winter.
      I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 2-way tape get a bit moldy, though, so that may be something you want to consider, too. Also, if your deck underneath is safe and you don’t really want to pull up the carpet for winter, you could always give it a try and see how the carpet looks in the Spring. If it is moldy, you can usually get rid of the mold with a bleach solution.
      If it were me, I would leave it down and see how it goes (provided the deck underneath is safe)!

  21. I want to lay indoor outdoor carpet in my bathroom to protect the tile from hairspray. Will the carpet damage my tile? I’ve seen horror stories about indoor outdoor carpet being taken up outside but from what I’ve read that is because adhesive was used.

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