A patio mat is a type of outdoor adornment similar to a large rug or blanket that can be used to add decoration to an existing patio or create a usable area for camping, picnics, and when traveling with a recreational vehicle (RV). These mats can be made from fabric, straw, rubberized materials, and other types of substances, though materials that are weather-resistant and durable are typically chosen. A patio mat can be a simple solid color or have a design or pattern on it for more decorative purposes, and may appear similar to an area rug or more like a picnic blanket.
Often available through outdoor suppliers or home and garden supply stores, a patio mat can be used for a variety of purposes. As the name implies, patio mats are often used on patios around houses to add decoration and make a patio more pleasant to use. A fabric patio mat can make the stone surface of a patio more enjoyable for people with bare feet, and a mat can be used to help prevent stains to stone or wood from spilled food and drinks. Patio mats can often have printed images and patterns on them, including thematic images for holidays and special occasions, adding attractive decoration to a patio.
A patio mat may also be used in place of a picnic blanket or similar item to make camping, picnicking, and traveling with an RV easier. These mats can be used to cover grass, gravel, and similar rough terrain so people can sit or stand on them more comfortably. Depending on the material used to make a patio mat, it may also be used under a tent or sleeping bag to provide more padding between the hard ground and someone sleeping outdoors. There is a wide array of materials that can be used to make a patio mat, and someone can even make one at home.
Fabrics are often used in making simple, thin patio mats that can be used for decoration or as blankets for picnics. These fabrics are typically durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions and damage or mildew due to water and moisture. A patio mat can also be made using rubberized materials to prevent the mat from shifting on paved patios. Straw mats are also fairly common and can provide a naturally water-resistant, lightweight alternative to fabric. Most patio mats are made from materials that can be easily cleaned, usually with just soap and water.