Guide to Buying Placemats

For a lot of homes placemats serve as small protective mats to a dining table. But with smart choices, table mats could become an extension of your interior décor and contribute to the overall look and feel of your home.

If you’re the kind who has never put much thought before buying table mats, this guide is for you. There are multiple factors that can affect the purchase of a table mat to make it the optimum choice for your lifestyle and personal style.


Placemats are available in various materials, there is plastic, wood, PVC, bamboo, glass and leather but the most common option for households are fabrics like cotton, lace, linen and suede. Fabric mats are the best when it comes to heat absorption, which is one of the useful purposes of a placemat.



If you’ve got children in the house, options like glass are risky. Another common issue is spillage with children around. As compared to other materials, if you pick a thick fabric table mat or one with high absorption qualities it’ll do your table good.


The size of your placemat is directly dependent on the size of your dining table. Ideally, placemats are supposed to be broad and wide enough to hold one persons table belongings. A plate, fork, spoon, a bowl and a glass. You should ensure that the size of the mat allows for extra space on the table to fit other things as well.

The most common placemat size is 33×45 cm


The colour of your placemats co-relate to two things – the colours of your dining table or table cloth and the general colour theme of your house. Pick table mat colours that compliment your table cloth, otherwise they could end up getting lost visually or create a jarring contrast to the eye. Similarly, it is best if the table mats suit the theme of your interiors, pick color combinations that enhance your dining table, dining room curtains, or chair cushions. It’ll help in bringing about harmony to your home’s color and design palette.


An extension of the above point, placemats should match your decor in terms of home setting. If you have a modern or ethnic feel to your interiors, the table mats you pick should match it to ensure the best results.


If you choose to buy fabric table mats, ensure regular washing and ironing of the mats to give you a clean and hygienic dining experience.


Keep two or three sets of table mats for your convenience; one for everyday use and others for special occasions. The everyday table mats should be less expensive so as to deal with usual wear and tear and the fancy ones can be saved for guests.

You could even go one step ahead and select holiday themed table mats like Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year  to spice up family dinners and get togethers.


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