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Place Mats Buying Guide

You don’t need to have a dinner party to dress your table beautifully -- and protect it from stains, scratches, and heat. Use place mats with a tablecloth or alone instead of one. Place mats let you quickly change the mood to suit the meal, the occasion, or the season. 

Types of Place Mats

Types of Place Mats

Most often used for casual family meals, place mats can take on formal character according to their material and design. Your choices can relate to companion table linens or the room’s decor.

Cloth

From hemstitched linen and elegant lace to sturdy cotton jacquard and earth-friendly bamboo, fabric place mats are the most varied and the most common. Cotton, linen, and silk might require more ironing than synthetic-fiber blends. Most are machine-washable.

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Painless Learning Placemats
$27.96 $59.96
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Painless Learning Placemats Europe Placemat (Set of 4) Painless learning placemats offer a unique and delightful way for children ...to master new subjects and for adults to brush up on old ones; From pre schoolers to grandparents there is a placemat for... read more

Hoffmaster

Paper Placemats in over 30 colors and Printed Placemats for any holiday or occasion.

Textiles Plus Inc.
$15.99 $19.99
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Textiles Plus Inc. Bamboo Placemat Add an instant update to your dining table with the Textiles Plus Inc.Bamboo Placemat (Set of 4...).This placemat features a plaid and striped pattern. It is an excellent choice for everyday use. This placemat suits... read more

KESS InHouse
$19.95 $34.45
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KESS InHouse My Leaves Garden Placemat These Placemats will bring class and culture to your dinner table. Your guests will taste m...ore flavor in your food as they gaze at this hip Kess InHouse Placemat. Bring the art into your home and onto your table.... read more

Cork

Cork adds an insulating layer to protect a wood tabletop from hot plates. Cork-backed rigid hardwood mats, often bearing decorative scenes, are traditional in British homes.

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No Brand
$14.99 $19.99
at Boscovs.com

Protect your table from scratches and stains in style with these Le Marais Set of 4 Cork Placemats, which feature a beautiful imag...e of the historic Parisian district. Spilled liquids bead quickly for easy clean-up on these placemats which are made from Grade A, highest quality 100% cork. Spot clean only. read more

Sur La Table

Inspired by the Italian countryside, these cork-backed placemats add a charming, stylish touch to any table. Natural cork protects... your table, while the smooth surface makes cleaning up a snap. Placemats look particularly striking when paired with Deruta collection dinnerware.Manufacturer: Sur La TableIncludes: 4 placematsMaterial: CorkCare: Wipe clean with damp clothDimensions: 11½" x 15¾"Made in China exclusively for Sur La Table read more

No Brand
$12.99 $19.99
at Boscovs.com

Made from Grade A highest quality Cork, the Piedmont Wine Set of 4 Placemats offer a unique way to protect your table from scratch...es and stains. These Cork placemats cause spilled liquids to bead up for easy cleaning and are heat resistant to 212 degrees. For care, wipe clean with a dry cloth. Set of 4. Size: 13.75 inch round each. read more

Cork Nature
$14.00
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KORKO Magic Forest Red Placemats protect surfaces such as tables and countertops from heat, spills and food. Add some color and ch...aracter to your everyday dining and entertaining. A great option for form and function in any kitchen and decor style. Set of 2 placemats. 11.4" L x 17.3" W x.118" thick. KORKO products feature cork, a 100% natural material, which is both reusable and recyclable. Extracted from the bark of the cork oak in cycles of 9 years without harming the tree, cork is a reusable and completely biodegradable raw material. KORKO products are designed for the day-to-day life of a home and office, where improvements can easily be made by using cork products. KORKO kitchenware pieces are perfect proof that nature knows best: naturally integrating function, contemporary design and quality and all with highly characteristics. read more

Vinyl

Ideal for use by children or for patio dining, these wipe-clean place mats offer easy maintenance.

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Textiles Plus Inc.
$17.99 $19.99
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Textiles Plus Inc. Woven Vinyl Placemat An elegant addition to the dinner table. These cross weaved placemats will improve dining ...experience and impress guests. Available in multiple design style to match any of kitchen decor theme Features: -Material:... read more

Lintex

Vinyl placemats will help keep those messes at bay! This restaurant grade placemats will help make cleaning a snap The stylis...h colors make it perfect for parties or everyday use Simply wipe with a damp sponge for easy clean up Placemats are available in a rectangle (13" x 19") or curved (13" x 18") designs Great to use both indoor and out; this attractive placemat will add style to any table Also available in Ivory, Azure Blue, Yellow, Rose and Sage read more

Lintex

Vinyl placemats will help keep those messes at bay! This restaurant grade placemats will help make cleaning a snap The stylis...h colors make it perfect for parties or everyday use Simply wipe with a damp sponge for easy clean up Placemats are available in a rectangle (13" x 19") or curved (13" x 18") designs Great to use both indoor and out; this attractive placemat will add style to any table Also available in Ivory, Azure Blue, Burgundy, Yellow, and Rose read more

Lintex

Vinyl placemats will help keep those messes at bay! This restaurant grade placemats will help make cleaning a snap The stylis...h colors make it perfect for parties or everyday use Simply wipe with a damp sponge for easy clean up Placemats are available in a rectangle (13" x 19") or curved (13" x 18") designs Great to use both indoor and out; this attractive placemat will add style to any table Also available in Ivory, Azure Blue, Burgundy, Rose and Sage read more

Other materials

Place mats woven or braided from fibers such as abaca, rattan, and water hyacinth bring tropical texture to your table settings. Mats made of leather, capiz shells, or mirrored glass transition to special-occasion meals.

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Textiles Plus Inc.
$17.99 $19.99
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Textiles Plus Inc. Woven Vinyl Placemat An elegant addition to the dinner table. These cross weaved placemats will improve dining ...experience and impress guests. Available in multiple design style to match any of kitchen decor theme Features: -Material:... read more

HANDFAB A LIVING /AMC/FLC

Find kitchen textiles at Target.com! Woven placemat - teal

Threshold
$15.99
at Target

Find kitchen textiles at Target.com! Threshold woven texture placemat - coral

Threshold

Find kitchen textiles at Target.com! Threshold placemat woven chevron green fig

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Shopping for place mats, like tablecloths, should start with the size and shape of your table. Look for place mats that are heat-resistant, absorbent, and durable, and also in an attractive style that complements your room decor.

Shape

Round place mats look best on a round table; on a square or rectangular table, use square or rectangular mats.

Size

Take your table measurements with you when shopping, and consider the maximum number of people you expect to seat at one time. Because they hold an entire place setting of dinnerware, rectangular place mats about 12x18 inches or 14x20 inches are the most popular sizes. (Manufacturer’s dimensions may vary by an inch or so.) Square or round place mats about 12 inches across hold only a dinner plate; your flatware and stemware would rest on the bare table. To provide elbowroom, allow at least 4 inches between place mats.

Durability

Natural fibers such as cotton and linen are more absorbent and durable than synthetics. Reversible mats are an easy way to extend the life of a place mat if stains occur.

Style

Colorful, patterned place mats or neutral mats embellished with embroidery, trim, or mitered corners play a role in dressing your table. Seasonal and holiday designs are another way to set a mood. Choose place mats that complement your tablecloths and runners, or pick contrasting designs. Take advantage of the variety and affordability of place mats to mix and match them for an eclectic look.

Quantity

Place mats are typically sold in sets of four. You can also buy individual placemats or mats teamed with coordinating napkins. Novelty patterns change frequently, so buy duplicate sets of your favorites. Also consider buying extra place mats to use under your table centerpiece or on the buffet.

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Xia Home Fashions
$35.00 $54.45
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Color: Ivory Xia Home Fashions Dainty Lace Placemat Features: -Dainty Lace collection.-Made with easy care poliviscose.-Crisp and ...elegant cutwork.-Machine washable.-Collection: Dainty Lace.-Pattern: Solid.-Style: Traditional.-Shape:... read more

Xia Home Fashions Dainty Lace Placemat XD101811218Ivory / XD101811218White Color: Ivory
Painless Learning Placemats
$27.96 $59.96
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Painless Learning Placemats Europe Placemat (Set of 4) Painless learning placemats offer a unique and delightful way for children ...to master new subjects and for adults to brush up on old ones; From pre schoolers to grandparents there is a placemat for... read more

Painless Learning Placemats Europe Placemat (Set of 4) EUR-1
KESS InHouse
$19.99 $36.99
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KESS InHouse Inner Circle Placemat These Placemats will bring class and culture to your dinner table. Your guests will taste more ...flavor in your food as they gaze at this hip Kess InHouse Placemat. Bring the art into your home and onto your table.... read more

KESS InHouse Inner Circle Placemat CH1028APM01 / CH1028B PM01
KESS InHouse
$19.99 $32.99
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KESS InHouse Oval Orange Love Placemat These placemats will bring class and culture to your dinner table. Your guests will taste m...ore flavor in your food as they gaze at this hip KESS InHouse placemat. Bring the art into your home and onto your table.... read more

KESS InHouse Oval Orange Love Placemat MM4005APM01
Textiles Plus Inc.
$15.99 $19.99
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Textiles Plus Inc. Bamboo Placemat Add an instant update to your dining table with the Textiles Plus Inc.Bamboo Placemat (Set of 4...).This placemat features a plaid and striped pattern. It is an excellent choice for everyday use. This placemat suits... read more

Textiles Plus Inc. Bamboo Placemat PM 1218
KESS InHouse
$19.95 $34.45
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KESS InHouse My Leaves Garden Placemat These Placemats will bring class and culture to your dinner table. Your guests will taste m...ore flavor in your food as they gaze at this hip Kess InHouse Placemat. Bring the art into your home and onto your table.... read more

KESS InHouse My Leaves Garden Placemat JG1006APM01
Carnation Home Fashions
$15.96 $19.96
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Carnation Home Fashions Santa's Surprise Expanded Placemat (Set of 4) Features: -Placemat.-Material: Vinyl.-Color: Multi.-Collecti...on: Santa's.-Color: Multi-Colored.-Pattern: Holiday.-Style: Traditional; Modern.-Shape: Rectangular.-Distressed:... read more

Carnation Home Fashions Santa's Surprise Expanded Placemat (Set of 4) XPLMT-SS/4
LaMont Limited
$18.99 $38.99
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LaMont Home Impact Placemat High quality paper wicker, very durable, adds style to any dining room. Subtle texture will complement... and enhance tableware. Features: -Set includes 4 placemats.-Paper wicker.-Durable.-Wipe with damp cloth.-Color:... read more

LaMont Home Impact Placemat PM6190442
LaMont Limited
$27.99 $37.99
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LaMont Home Impact Placemat High quality paper wicker, very durable, adds style to any dining room. Subtle texture will complement... and enhance tableware. Features: -Set includes 4 placemats.-Paper wicker.-Durable.-Wipe with damp cloth.-Color:... read more

LaMont Home Impact Placemat PM6180442
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