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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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No Brand
$4.99

The Butterfly Linen Placemat features beautiful script and imagery that will make a wonderful addition to your table. Face: 80% Co...tton, 20% Linen. Back: 100% Polyester. Machine wash. Tumble dry. Size: 13 x 18. read more

Chilewich
$26.00

This Mini Basketweave placemat by Chilewich is rectangular in shape and is a more subtler version of the Basketweave placemats. Ma...de from woven vinyl this placemat is easy to care for, simply wipe clean with soap, water and a sponge. Air dry, and if necessary scrub stubborn stains with a bleach based cleanser and rinser. This stylish placemat is available in a variety of colours so you can get the right placemat for your table setting. Key features: * Material: woven vinyl * Measurements: 36x48cm, 14"x19" * Simply wipe clean with soap, water & sponge * Subtler version of the basketweave placemats * Contains Microban® - antimicrobial protection * Works continuously to inhibit stains, bacteria & mildew * Certified by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute * Espresso & Linen mini basketweave runners available read more

Painless Learning Placemats
$55.96 $41.24

Painless Learning Placemats Contemporary Cursive 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 preschoolers to grandparents there is a... read more

Missoni Home
$87.00

Transform your dinner party with this set of two Flowers placemats from Missoni Home. Crafted from cotton these striking placemats... are adorned with a vibrant bouquet of colourful orchids and infuse the brand's signature style into any setting. Adding a sense of occasion to any meal, they look fabulous paired with the complementing table runner and napkins also available. Key features: * Set of two place mats * Material: cotton * Dimensions: 38x52cm * Adorned with a vibrant bouquet of colourful orchids * Complementing napkins and table runner also available * Machine washable 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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Bloomingville
$22.00

Add a fabulous finishing touch to your table settings with this placemat from Bloomingville. In a rectangular shape, this placemat... is crafted from natural cork and includes an eye-catching geometric design in grey. Inspired by Scandinavian chic, there are more beautiful kitchen accessories available from Bloomingville which are a testament to Nordic trends and Danish design. Key features: * Material: cork * Dimensions: 50x35cm * Natural cork placemat * Adorned with a printed grey line geometric pattern * Stylish rectangular shape * More fabulous kitchen accessories available from Bloomingville read more

Bloomingville
$22.00

Add a fabulous finishing touch to your table settings with this placemat from Bloomingville. In a speckled carbonised grey shade, ...this placemat is crafted from carbonised cork and is in an eye-catching hexagonal shape. With a selection of Scandinavian inspired kitchen accessories available from Bloomingville, you can adorn you home with Danish design combined with the latest Nordic trends. Key features: * Material: cork * Dimensions: 50x35cm * Natural cork placemat in dark speckled grey * Stylish hexagonal shape * More fabulous kitchen accessories available from Bloomingville read more

Marimekko
$38.00

Add statement style to your dining table with this Pieni Kulkunen Placemat from Marimekko. Striking floral detailing covers its pa...per laminated surface in chic grey, black and white tones that will bring any table setting to life. Crafted from durable cork to protect surfaces from heat and scratches, this placemat makes a fabulous addition to any home. Key features: * Bold placemat * Material: cork, paper * Dimensions: 30x40cm * Designed by Maija Isola * Stunning floral pattern * Grey, black and white colour read more

Cork Nature
$12.00

The KORKO (previously from Cork Nature) Farm Collection 2-Color set features two 11.4" X 17.3" X .118 cork placemats. The design f...eatures a red pig, green cow, red chicken and green sheep in a repeating sequence. Protect surfaces such as tables and countertops from heat, spills and food. Add some color and character to your everyday dining and entertaining. A great option for form and function in any kitchen and decor style. 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. read more

Vinyl

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

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$4.99

Add a pop of color and coordinate the look of your table with this lovely Cafe Deauville Burnt Orange Placemat. It will also prote...ct your table from spills and scratches while letting the beautiful wood show. Made of 100% vinyl. Easy care vinyl, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Cafe Deauville Burnt Orange Placemat measures 13 x 19 inches. read more

Chilewich
$15.95

Placemats: Chilewich Mini Basketweave Dark Walnut Oval Vinyl Placemat - A tight basketweave creates a heathered palette of soft, e...arthy browns in this sophisticated and easy-to-care-for oval placemat.View all Chilewich products -100% woven vinyl -Hand wash, air dry -Store flat -Made in USA read more

$4.99

Add a pop of color and coordinate the look of your table with this lovely Sand Vinyl Placemat. It will also protect your table fro...m spills and scratches while letting the beautiful wood show. Made of 100% vinyl. Easy care vinyl, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Sand vinyl placemat measures 13 x 18 inches. read more

Chilewich
$11.00

Pressed Dahlia, the latest of Chilewich's pressed technique, extends this techniques lace-like openwork well beyond the first circ...le of experimentation. A must have design for any table. 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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Kraftware
$97.50 $78.00

Made of durable, woven vinylComes in a set of 12Rectangular mat is ideal for all table shapesYour choice of colorMeasures 17L x 12...W in.. Add vintage Tiki charm to your dinner with the Kraftware Woven 12 in. Vinyl Placemats - Set of 12. Practical and stylish these placemats are made of woven vinyl in your choice of color with natural patterns you'll love. You get twelve in the set and they're a snap to clean too! Color: Woven Verde/Woven Pearl/Woven Topaz/Woven Copper/Woven Desert/Woven Sienna/Woven Straw/Woven Onyx. read more

Kraftware
$97.50 $78.00

Made of durable, woven vinylComes in a set of 12Rectangular mat is ideal for all table shapesYour choice of colorMeasures 17L x 12...W in.. Add vintage Tiki charm to your dinner with the Kraftware Woven 12 in. Vinyl Placemats - Set of 12. Practical and stylish these placemats are made of woven vinyl in your choice of color with natural patterns you'll love. You get twelve in the set and they're a snap to clean too! Color: Woven Verde. read more

Kraftware
$97.50 $78.00

Made of durable, woven vinylComes in a set of 12Rectangular mat is ideal for all table shapesYour choice of colorMeasures 17L x 12...W in.. Add vintage Tiki charm to your dinner with the Kraftware Woven 12 in. Vinyl Placemats - Set of 12. Practical and stylish these placemats are made of woven vinyl in your choice of color with natural patterns you'll love. You get twelve in the set and they're a snap to clean too! Color: Woven Straw. read more

Kraftware
$97.50 $78.00

Made of durable, woven vinylComes in a set of 12Rectangular mat is ideal for all table shapesYour choice of colorMeasures 17L x 12...W in.. Add vintage Tiki charm to your dinner with the Kraftware Woven 12 in. Vinyl Placemats - Set of 12. Practical and stylish these placemats are made of woven vinyl in your choice of color with natural patterns you'll love. You get twelve in the set and they're a snap to clean too! Color: Woven Copper. read more

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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DESIGN IMPORTS
$140.00 $74.99

We've captured the feeling of fall with our pumpkin-embroidered placematsa fun, seasonal addition to your dining room. set of 6 10...0% cotton 13x19" hand wash, line dry imported read more

Avanti
$120.00 $59.99

Set your table for a fun party or dinner with our reversible cotton placemats. reversible coordinating tablecloths sold separately... set of 6 100% cotton each measures 19x13" washable imported read more

DESIGN IMPORTS
$110.00 $54.99

Add a touch of sophistication with these reversible cotton placemats featuring a neutral Parisian print on one side and a classic ...black and white check on the other. cotton set of 6 each measures 19x13" washable imported read more

KRAFTWARE
$100.00 $84.99

Make a statement each time you set the table with this intricately woven vinyl placemat. Die-cut for precise edges, these beautifu...l placemats are the perfect foundation for a beautiful and casual place setting. stain resistant vivid colors easy to clean Vinyl. Measures 12x18". Hand wash. Made in America. read more

KRAFTWARE
$100.00 $84.99

Make a statement each time you set the table with this intricately woven vinyl placemat. Die-cut for precise edges, these beautifu...l placemats are the perfect foundation for a beautiful and casual place setting. stain resistant vivid colors easy to clean Vinyl. Measures 12x18". Hand wash. Made in America. read more

KRAFTWARE
$100.00 $84.99

Make a statement each time you set the table with this intricately woven vinyl placemat. Die-cut for precise edges, these beautifu...l placemats are the perfect foundation for a beautiful and casual place setting. stain resistant vivid colors easy to clean Vinyl. Measures 12x18". Hand wash. Made in America. read more

DESIGN IMPORTS
$130.00 $64.99

Add some festive fun to your tabletop with our Christmas embroidered placemats. includes 6 placemats polyester/linen 13x19" washab...le imported read more

Home Decorators Collection
$20.00 $17.00

World Tapestry Placemats - Set Of 4 - Go Around The World With Our World Placemats - Our Set Of Four World Tapestry Placemats Depi...ct A Map With Passport-Style Stamps Over Top. The Cotton And Polyester Blend Placemats Will Protect Your Dining Table. Part Of The Vintage Market Collection. Tapestry-Like Finish Completes The Look. read more

Lenox
$8.98 $4.49

Lenox Olivia damask placemat. 100% Polyester. Machine wash cold; delicate cycle. Tumble dry low. Size: 13x19.

Park B. Smith
$14.99 $14.49

These classic Park B. Smith(R) Westbury Cinnabar placemats will work perfectly with any table setting. 100% Cotton. Machine wash. ...Size: 13 x 19. read more

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