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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
$43.96 $59.96
at Wayfair

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.

Hoffmaster

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

Hoffmaster

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

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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Cork Nature
$14.00
at Amazon

KORKO Cherry Blossom Brown Placemats protect surfaces such as tables and countertops from heat, spills and food. Add some color an...d character 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 eco-friendly characteristics. read more

Sur La Table
$23.99 $39.95
at Sur La Table

Inspired by the English 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. Pair with our Antique Floral table linens for a striking complementary set.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

Cork Nature
$14.00
at Amazon

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

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

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
at Wayfair

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

Benson Mills

This tweed placemat brings style to your table. Placemat features a woven design made of vinyl that makes this easy care placemat ...perfect for everyday use. Placemat measures 13'' x 18''., For the Home > Dining > Table Linens > Placemats 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

Harman Home

Add a touch of style to your table setting with this Harman Home placemat featuring a woven vinyl design framed in metal strip end...s. Harman Home 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
at Wayfair

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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Kay Dee Designs

This attractive braided Kay Dee Designs Turquoise Round Placemat is an easy way to update your indoor or outdoor dining table. Dur...able 15'' polypropylene placemat is easy to clean., For the Home > Dining > Table Linens > Placemats read more

Kay Dee Designs Turquoise Round Placemat
Benson Mills

This tweed placemat brings style to your table. Placemat features a woven design made of vinyl that makes this easy care placemat ...perfect for everyday use. Placemat measures 13'' x 18''., For the Home > Dining > Table Linens > Placemats read more

Benson Mills Tweed Vinyl Cream Placemat
Kay Dee Designs

Attractive braided round placemat by Kay Dee Designs is an easy way to update your indoor or outdoor dining table. Durable 15'' po...lypropylene placemat is easy to clean., For the Home > Dining > Table Linens > Placemats read more

Kay Dee Designs Braided Round Placemat
Benson Mills

Metro Sun Longport placemat brings style to your table. Placemat features a woven design made of vinyl that makes this easy care p...lacemat perfect for everyday use. Placemat measures 13'' x 18''., For the Home > Dining > Table Linens > Placemats read more

Benson Mills Metro Sun Longport Vinyl Placemat
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Victorian round woven placemat by Benson Mills is a great way to add a splash of color to your table. Perfect for indoor or outdoo...r dining. Durable 15'' polypropylene placemat resembles natural rattan. Wipe clean with damp cloth., For the Home > Dining... read more

Benson Mills Victorian 15'' Red Round Placemat
Town & Country

This TOWN & COUNTRY Lindos Beaded Round Placemat features bold colors in a woven, wooden bead accented placemat. Placemat measures... 15'' diameter., For the Home > Dining > Table Linens > Placemats read more

TOWN & COUNTRY Lindos Beaded Round Placemat
Park B. Smith

This flamingo tapestry placemat brings an island inspired design to your table and features a flamingo design that makes this easy... care placemat perfect for everyday use. Made of 70% cotton & 30% polyester, placemat measures 12.5'' x 19''., For the... read more

Park B. Smith Flamingo Tapestry Placemat
Park B. Smith

This starfish tapestry placemat brings an island inspired design to your table and features a starfish design that makes this easy... care placemat perfect for everyday use. Made of 70% cotton & 30% polyester, placemat measures 12.5'' x 19''., For the... read more

Park B. Smith Starfish Tapestry Placemat
Benson Mills

This Benson Mills 4-pc. Shell Embroidered Placemat Set will be a welcome addition to your tableware collection with its soft color... and embroidered shell design. Made from 100% vinyl, this sturdy placemat measures 13'' x 18''., For the Home > Dining >... read more

Benson Mills 4-pc. Shell Embroidered Placemat Set
Benson Mills

This Benson Mills 4-pc. Longport Woven Placemat Set will be a welcome addition to your tableware collection with its soft color & ...simple modern style. Made from 100% vinyl, this sturdy placemat measures 13'' x 18''., For the Home > Dining > Table... read more

Benson Mills 4-pc. Longport Woven Placemat Set
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