May 04, 2023
Patio decorations are often both beautiful and practical. Having a bench to sit on encourages you to spend more time outside enjoying all parts of your home. Lights look pretty, but they can also help you find your way to the porch at night. Doormats make your space feel welcoming, but they also help keep the dirt out of your house.
Unfortunately, anything you put on your front porch is also subject to the weather. While most outdoor furniture is heavy enough not to move around during a storm, you may find that smaller items like wreaths and doormats fly away in strong winds. How can you keep your doormats from blowing away? Keep reading to find out.
Just about everywhere in the world gets some kind of storm throughout the year. They might be hurricanes in the summer, thunderstorms, or blizzards in winter. And you can also end up with windy days that aren’t accompanied by bad weather. The point is that doormats can easily blow away during these kinds of weather situations. If you don’t want your cute outdoor mats to blow away, you need to take steps to protect them.
The first strategy you can try is simply getting a heavier doormat. Thin mats are more susceptible to blowing away than thicker, heavier ones. Which types of doormats are on the heavy side? Coir and thick rubber are both good choices if you’re trying to keep your mats from flying away in the wind. Make sure if you order a mat online that you let it fully expand once you’ve opened it. If the corners are peeling up, that could cause your mat to catch the wind.
If you have a flat porch made of wood, stone, or tile, you may be able to lay down sticky Velcro strips to help keep your mat in place. Start by cleaning the area where you want to attach the Velcro to remove any dust. If particles come between the porch and the sticky Velcro backing, the strips might not adhere very well.
Once you have the strips applied to the porch and the back of the mat, let the adhesive fully set, following any instructions on the package. After the glue has fully bonded, you can place your mat down on the patio by connecting the strips. This should help keep your mat from moving anywhere.
Another way to keep your doormats from blowing away is to use a bigger mat. Think of an oversized outdoor mat as an area rug, similar to what you might use indoors. Area mats can be a great way to create a comfortable living space outdoors. Since they’re so big, you won’t have to worry as much about them blowing away in the next windstorm.
If you have an outdoor garden on your porch, you already have what you need to anchor your doormats. Just move a couple of potted plants onto the mat’s edges so it can’t blow away. You can even incorporate this idea into your porch and patio decor if strong winds are a problem where you live. Start by laying down a large area mat and then add a couple of potted trees or tall plants to go in the corner. The plants will make the space look more vibrant, and you’ll have a stormproof patio.
In the winter, it can be hard to use potted plants as an anchor for your outdoor mats since most potted plants die during the winter. Using dead plants as decoration is definitely not a good look for your porch. So instead, you might consider sliding some of your outdoor furniture onto your doormat or area mat to keep it from blowing away.
Rug tape is another option to hold doormats down, but it’s mostly intended for indoor use. If you choose to install rug tape, look for the heavy-duty variety. If the tape is water-resistant, all the better. Never use regular double-sided tape to try and hold a rug down—these kinds of tape aren’t strong enough to do the job well.
When you install rug tape, you need to follow a process similar to installing Velcro strips. Make sure to clean and dry the area very thoroughly before laying down one side of the tape on the porch. Do not peel off the other side of the tape until you’re ready to stick the rug down. Typically, you’ll need to wait at least a few hours before peeling the other side of the tape and adding the rug. Just follow whatever it says on the package.
The very last thing you can try is anchoring your mats with hardware. Unlike Velcro strips and the other ideas on this list, hardware is intended to be permanent and may be labor intensive to remove. So if you choose this option, make sure you’re really committed.
Basically, there are certain devices you can buy to anchor your doormats, but they differ depending on what material your porch is made from. If it’s wood, you can just screw washers into your deck to hold your doormat down. However, if you have a porch made of stone or concrete, installing hardware will be much more invasive and could potentially crack your patio. Be very careful with this solution, and talk to a professional if you have any doubts about the process.
If you’re looking for a new doormat to go outside, check out The Personalized Doormat Company. We carry all kinds of doormats and floor mats, including custom doormats you can design yourself on our website. Choose colors, images, and text for different mat styles to get exactly the look you want.
Looking to put a mat in front of your business entrance? We also carry logo mats that you can personalize with your company logo, as well as advertising floor mats and anti-fatigue mats. You can find the customization details for each type of rug on the item’s product page. Alternatively, you can reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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