Here’s my top picks for the Best Outdoor Door Mats for any porch!
Best Outdoor Door Mats
I’ve been working on a huge change outside our home this month. We’ve painted our brick home and I am loving it. It took a few days to get used to, but now I can honestly say I am so happy we made this big change.
I’ll be sharing tons of pictures of this big change outside our home soon. But first, I need to finish off some minor changes outside. And one of those is picking a new doormat that will go with our new house colors.
I’ve found so many great door mats for outside the home, guys. And most of them are really cheap too. So, I had to put together this big list of the best outdoor mats I found.
I’ve got beautiful layered doormats, natural fiber doormats, synthetic fiber doormats, and even rubber doormats that look fantastic. But first let’s go over a few important things to know before you pick out a new outside door mat for your house.
Can You Put Door Mats Outside
Yes, you can absolutely put door mats outside. In fact, you should put a door mat outside. Just be sure the door mat is actually made to be used outdoor.
A door mat will help you keep most of the dirt or water on shoes outside your home. There are actually a few important reasons you should put a door mat outside every exterior door.
4 Reasons You Need A Door Mat Outside A Door
- Keeps most dirt and water on shoes outside the home.
- Protects your floors from water damage.
- Helps prevent slippery floors inside.
- Reduces the amount of times you need to clean your floors.
Using an outdoor mat is an important and easy way to help you protect the floors in your home from water damage and dirt. If you have wood floors, water damage can absolutely ruin them.
Most people use an outdoor mat and an indoor mat for extra protection from dripping shoes and clothes. And, you won’t have to clean those floors as often when you’re trapping most of that dirt and water on a mat.
A good mat inside and outside your exterior doors will also help prevent slippery floors. Slippery floors can cause falls. No one likes to fall. Using a doormat can make your home safer from slippery floors.
I always recommend putting an outdoor doormat outside of every exterior door on your home. So, the average house in America will probably have 3 outdoor mats. They’ll be outside the garage door, back door, and front door.
How Do I Choose A Front Door Mat
When you’re picking the Best Outdoor Door Mats for your house there are really 4 key things to think about; the size of your door, the material used, the style of the door mat, and how easy it is to clean.
4 Keys to Choosing a Door Mat
- Size of Door
- Material Used
- Doormat Style
- Easy to Clean
Size of Door vs Size of Door Mat
You don’t want a door mat that looks too small next to your door. Generally, you should pick a door mat that is at least 80% of the width of your door. So, if your front door is 36″ wide then your mat should be at least 28.8″ wide (36 x .8 = 28.8).
Almost all of the door mats on my list are 30″ wide or larger. So, they’ll be great in front of the average 36″ wide front door.
If you have double front doors, you need to use the full width of both doors to calculate what size doormat you need. Even if you only really use 1 of those doors, to get a balanced look, the outdoor mat should sit in front of both doors.
It’s important to pick an outdoor mat that can actually stand up to lots of foot traffic, dirt, and water.
You should also pick an outdoor mat material that is mold and mildew resistant. Especially if your front door mat will be rained on. I love the layered door mat look.
I even have some great mats on this list that would look beautiful layered. BUT, I get so much rain on my front door that a cotton mat as the bottom layer just isn’t practical. It would trap moisture and get moldy pretty quickly.
Buy a synthetic fiber lower mat that will resist mold. OR, skip the layered look all together. Those are probably best on deep, covered porches that stay pretty dry most of the time.
And, if you’re door gets a lot of sunlight, you’ll also need a doormat that is UV resistant.
My front door gets tons of sunlight. And, in Texas, that sunlight causes tons of damage and bleaching. So, our current natural fiber door mat has started to lose color and look bad after just 2 short years.
In fact, our front door gets so much sunlight damage that I have 3 popular posts about how to restain a door without removing it, how to fix a sun damaged dry wood front door, and can you stain a door without taking it down. It’s a constant battle.
Of course, an important part of picking the Best Outdoor Door Mats is gettng a look you love. Picking the right look for your doormat is really a matter of personal style. Right?!
Some people love a colorful doormat, some love a home full of neutral colors, other people want a funny doormat. And, of course, some people have such a beautifully designed home that the doormat looks as beautiful as any picture in a catalog.
There are no wrong style choices as long as you like it. But, I have some things for you to think about when you are picking your doormat.
Will the doormat clash with your door color, house color, or patio? If your patio stonework has lots of pattern or colors, pick a door mat that won’t look bad against that busy patio.
Does the style of the doormat fit with the style of the house?? I have a very traditional looking home. It has big columns and lots of details. I pick a doormat with that in mind.
Even if I love a Boho or modern looking doormat, I probably won’t pick it for my front door. I’ll save something like that for my garage. Where I still get to enjoy it, without thinking that it’s clashing with the rest of my home.
Easy to Clean Doormats
I LOVE a doormat that can be sprayed clean with a garden hose. Low maintenance door mats are my favorite kind. Synthetic fiber doormats are the easiest to clean. And, they dry fast too. So, they won’t keep moisture trapped underneath.
If you have a wood porch or patio floor, you really want to avoid trapping moisture. So, stick with an open weave rubber or synthetic fiber that dries quickly.
I usually avoid doormats with too tight of a weave because I think that trap dirt and stains inside the weave.
OK, that’s all of my tips for picking the perfect doormat. Now, let’s get to that list of the Best Outdoor Door Mats for any house.
30 Best Outdoor Door Mats
Solid Color Doormats with Style!
Here's some pretty, solid color mats that would look pretty
almost anywhere. Most of these come in at least a few color options.
Pretty Outdoor Mats for a Layered Look
Here's a few pretty outdoor rugs that would be perfect for
that popular layered doormat look.
A Few Colorful Doormat Options
Is your house already neutral and you need some color??
Here's a few colorful doormats for your entry.
More Great Doormat Options
And, here's the rest of the list. These doormats come in
different colors, materials, sizes, and styles. Most at a great low price too!
That’s it for this list of the Best Outdoor Door Mats, guys. I hope that helped you find a great new outdoor mat for your home.
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