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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Joanna Buchanan
$76.00

EXCLUSIVELY OURS. Glass beads on cotton backing. 15"Dia. Spot clean. Imported.

Chilewich
$10.00

Made of vinyl. Wipe clean. 15"Dia. Select color when ordering. Imported.

Kim Seybert
$177.00 $114.90

Handcrafted placemat. Glass and plastic beads and rhinestone chain on cotton backing. 15"Dia. Spot clean. Imported.

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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MacKenzie-Childs
$75.00

Add a touch of style to your dining table with this set of four Courtly Check placemats from MacKenzie-Childs. Simple & elegant ea...ch placemat features the classic courtly check pattern with a heat resistant lacquered surface. Perfect for summer picnics or a family feast they look wonderful paired with the wide range of home accessories also available from MacKenzie-Childs. Key features: * Material: hard board, cork, heat resistant lacquer * Dimensions: W40.6xL30.5cm * Pieces may vary due to the handmade nature of each product * Black & white checkered placemats * Heat resistant lacquered surface * Wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth * More accessories from MacKenzie-Childs available read more

Sur La Table
$39.95

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. read more

Sur La Table
$40.00 $27.96

What could be more refreshing than a vibrant citrus motif? Add color and charm to any spring gathering with our exclusive lemon pl...acemats. The cork backing protects your table from scuffs or spills, and the mats wipe clean with a damp cloth. Set includes four placemats. read more

Bloomingville
$20.00

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 gray * Stylish hexagonal shape * More fabulous kitchen accessories available from Bloomingville read more

Vinyl

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

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Chilewich
$12.50

Pebble, an original Chilewich molded design, was inspired by the organic shapes of stones on a beach. Sandy Chilewich reimagined a...nd reinterpreted these shapes and translated them into an intriguing placemat for indoor and outdoor tabletops. read more

Lisa Perry
$25.00

Lisa Perry's black and white vinyl placemat features an optical pattern. 14"/36cm diameter (approximately). Available in Black/Whi...te. Vinyl. Wipe clean with soft damp cloth. Imported. read more

Chilewich
$24.00

A perfect accent for modern tables, the innovative Engineered Squares placemat from Chilewich offers an exceptional balance of chi...c style and durability. Featuring a graphic square motif in neutral color gradations. read more

Chilewich
$13.00

Pebble, an original Chilewich molded design, was inspired by the organic shapes of stones on a beach. Sandy Chilewich reimagined a...nd reinterpreted these shapes and translated them into an intriguing placemat for indoor and outdoor tabletops. 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 Copper. read more

Kraftware
$97.50 $74.50

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 Sienna. read more

Kraftware
$97.50 $74.50

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 Topaz. 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

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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Better Homes and Gardens
$19.98 $15.99

This pretty Better Homes and Gardens reversible placemat set has a great look. It has glittery gold coloring on one side and spark...ling white coloring on the reverse. This 2 placemat set will add style to any table.Better Homes and Gardens reversible placemat setIncludes 2 placematsGlittery gold metalic fabricReverse is sparkling whiteMade from 97% polyester 3% other fibersPlacemats are apprx 13" by 18"Spot cleanBrand is Better Homes and Gardens read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$20.82 $12.55

Better Homes and Gardens Poinsetta Cutwork Placemat, Set of 6:Size: 14" x 19" (35.56 cm x 48.26 cm)Material: 100 percent polyester...Spot clean onlyBeautiful leaf-shaped creation read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.88 $12.42

Better Homes and Garden Teal Silk Placemat, Set of 4:19" x 14" (48.26 cm x 35.56 cm)100 percent polyesterMachine wash: see care la...belCoordinates with other items in the department read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.39 $11.10

Better Homes and Gardens Reversible Stripe Placemat:Reversible placemat, perfect for indoor or outdoor use100 percent polyesterMac...hine washableDimensions: 14"L x 19"W read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$8.11 $8.07

The Better Homes and Gardens Double Border Vinyl Placemat has a simple, classic design that makes it the ideal dining accessory. I...t is easy to clean and will protect your tabletop or counter top. Made from a polyester core and a vinyl shell, these 14' x 19' rectangular place mats can resist spills and stains. They are a breeze to clean, too: simply wipe the mess up and they're good to go. These Better Homes and Gardens place mats are ideal for indoor or outdoor use: for picnics, afternoon tea or dinner parties. Get the right mix of style, function and simplicity right in your own home. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$15.99 $11.24

Better Homes and Gardens Reversible Stripe Placemat, 6pk:6pk reversible placemat, perfect for indoor or outdoor use100 percent pol...yesterMachine washableDimensions: 14"L x 19"W read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$20.82 $15.35

Better Homes and Gardens Poinsettia Placemat, Set of 6:Made of polyesterSize: 14" x 19" (35.56 cm x 48.26 cm)

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.88 $10.92

Better Homes and Garden Painterly Paisley Quilted Placemat, Set of 4:19" x 14" (48.26 cm x 35.56 cm)100 percent polyesterMachine w...ashable: see care labelCoordinates with items in the department such as chair pads and tablecloths read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.00 $7.39

Add a splash of color to your dining room table with this Better Homes and Gardens Red Placemat. It will protect your table's surf...ace and brighten the room. The dining table placemat, set of 4, is made of cotton material, making it easy to clean. read more

Unique Bargains
$82.99 $41.25

Creative pattern placemats to spruce up your average dining table! 100% Brand new and high quality. Prefect for daily use. Non-sli...p, heat insulation, easy to clean. Place the Mat at the bottom of the dish, bowl, plate and cup, with the function of heat... read more

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