I love using outdoor rugs when I’m decorating porches and patios.
I have one on my lower level screen porch. Because it’s fairly protected from wind and is anchored by the furniture all around, there’s not much issue with fly-away rugs.
But on the main dining room entry at ‘Our House’ there is a fairly strong breeze frequently blowing through the ‘pergola-turned-porch’:
And without a lot of furniture to anchor the large outdoor rug in place, the wind can and will blow this rug right away.
So, here’s what I figured out to do:
Super simple, but kind of clever… (hence the justification for this post to fit into ‘Monday’s Simple Cleverness…)
I use fender washers and screws to anchor the rug to the decking.
This is a great job for a cordless drill. Here is a cordless drill that comes with an extra battery, so when one is charging, you can keep working with the spare!
But let me give you a couple of tips:
If you are using treated deckboards to ‘screw’ your rug into, be sure to use coated or stainless steel screws. The type of chemicals they use to ‘treat’ the wood with, will rust and very quickly deteriorate other types of metals.
I like to use this size of fender washers, the larger hole in the center allows the screw to sit down in it so that it’s flat on the top.
I know this picture turned out super blurry, but it’s an important tip: to prevent any possible snags in the carpet loops etc. I carefully hand screw the screw in between the loops. Then once it’s through the back of the rug, I use the power drill to secure it to the wood decking.
Here is the great resource I ordered these outdoor rugs from… But like most new rugs, sits curled up on the edges, so for sure it needs to be anchored down.
Surprisingly, the fender washers and screws hide right in, and really aren’t that noticeable, certainly not as much as a rug flying down the meadow!
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