Placemats, the handy addition to your decor, ready to protect your table top from any unwanted stains or spillages. Most placemats are made from materials such as wood, plastic, stain-resistant fabrics or synthetics, ensuring an easy clean after use. If you’re dining with your favourite tablecloth, then a table placemat helps to keep your table linens clean and fresh. Placemats help to enhance your table settings, especially when using bold, colourful plates, elegant flatware and high-quality glasses.
If you’re looking to add extra texture to each place setting, then consider adding a completer plate beneath each dish to catch any extra spills. Before your dinner guests arrive, place your table settings together so that you can make sure each item from dessert spoon to tablecloth complements one another.
Typically durable and stain resistant, wood is our most popular option when it comes to placemat material, with bamboo topping the list due to its durability and eco-friendliness. This renewable placemat is not only long-lasting but also inexpensive. Cotton, linen and synthetic blends make for great placemats as they’re relatively stain-resistant, synthetic blends the most affordable. Linen is perfect for a fine dining experience and cotton pairs well with a casual brunch or lunch. The natural fibers from both linen and cotton give your home the right balance of simple elegance.
If you prefer function over fashion, then consider plastic or vinyl placemats. Plastic placemats are the easiest to clean, with most plastic versions coming in as dishwasher friendly. Enjoying a casual lunch with friends? Plastic and vinyl placemats are your perfect option. Just take care when it comes to placing hot items on top of plastic or vinyl placemats as extreme heat can alter their shape and appearance. Despite their susceptibility to this kind of heat, plastic works well at protecting your table from tough corners on plates, cups, and even accidental nicks from stray knives.
Materials aside, placemats have many other features that make them effective for preventing spills, stains and any other damages to your table or tablecloth. As well as using placemats to pull together special occasions such as birthdays and seasonal holidays, they can also be used to prevent potential spills. Top rated table placemats have non-slip backing that makes them more stable on your table, this means that when you go to cut into your food, you won’t have to chase your plate and your placemat across the table. If you know you like to serve warm food, then find heat-resistant placemats that won’t damage when exposed to extreme heat.