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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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AMC
$19.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Threshold Dot Linen Placemat

AMC
AMC
$19.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Give your place settings some casual style with the Threshold Placemat Braided Rope. This cot...ton placemat adds some color to your table in a neutral hue of navy blue that can be matched with any variety of napkins,... read more

AMC
Target
$15.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Add some easy style to your place settings with the Threshold Woven Placemat. This 4-pack of ...multi-tonal woven placemats has your choice of either soft brown or soft black shades. This lends these vinyl placemats a... read more

Crate & Barrel

Lanai's intricate weave and pale neutral color represent an earthy yet sophisticated take on the fiber placemat. Cheerful cotton n...apkin spins a playful starburst pattern on a neutral background. -100% abaca placemat -100% cotton napkin -Machine wash... 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

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

No Brand

This lovely set of Cabernet Cork Placemats features a classic still life image of wines, grapes and cheeses and will reliably prot...ect your table from scratches and stains. These sturdy placemats also cause spilled liquids to bead for easy clean up and... read more

MacKenzie-Childs

MacKenzie-Childs Evergreen Cork-Back Placemats, Set of 4 Details Placemats made of hard-board substrate with cork back. Heat-resis...tant lacquer surface. Art print decoration. Set of four includes one of each design shown; each, 16 x 12. Imported. Designer About MacKenzie-Childs: Established in 1983, MacKenzie-Childs combines vibrant colors and patterns to create a whimsical collection of tableware, furniture, and decorative accessories that epitomize tradition with a twist. The company's designers draw inspiration from the pastoral setting of their studios, located on a 65-acre former dairy farm in Aurora, New York. Color: MULTI COLORS. Material: Hand-beaded glass beads on linen fabric.. read more

No Brand
$14.99 $19.99
at Boscov's

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... 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

Durable polyester-vinyl placemat textures the table in an exclusive pattern that takes its cue from fine knits. -70% vinyl and 30%... polyester -Clean with a damp cloth; air or towel dry and store flat -Made in USA read more

Chilewich

Chic bronze vinyl textures the table in our exclusive Chilewich woven placemat. -100% woven vinyl -Hand wash -Made in USA

Chilewich

From the good folks at Chilewich, a sophisticated windowpane check just for us. This unique placemat blends tonal blues and neutra...ls in a contemporary weave that is easy to care for and durable. -70% vinyl and 30% polyester -Wash with warm water and... 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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Target
$15.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Add some easy style to your place settings with the Threshold Woven Placemat. This 4-pack of ...multi-tonal woven placemats has your choice of either soft brown or soft black shades. This lends these vinyl placemats a... read more

Target
$15.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Threshold Woven Texture Placemats - Coral decorate your table with fun chevron stripes. The s...oft 100% cotton placemats are the perfect place setting for family and friends??entertaining indoors or out. Match up your... read more

Target
$15.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Add some easy style to your place settings with the Threshold Woven Placemat. This 4-pack of ...multi-tonal woven placemats has your choice of either soft brown or soft black shades. This lends these vinyl placemats a... read more

Target
$15.99
at Target

Find Kitchen Textiles at Target.com! Threshold 4 Pk Woven Stripe Placemats - Red decorate your table with crisp refreshing stripes.... The soft 100% cotton placemats are the perfect place setting for family and friends??entertaining indoors or out. Match... 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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Home Decorators Collection

The subtle cool tones of these table linens reflect the simple but complex architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Made in par...t with recycled plastics, the use of Malden Fleece reinforces Rennie and Rose's commitment to fine workmanship and responsible manufacturing. Add these stylish Frank Lloyd Wright Waterlillies Table Linens to your table today. Available in blue/multi. Machine wash or dry clean. Actual size is PLACEMATS/4 read more

Frank Lloyd Wright Waterlillies Table Linens - Placemats/4, Blue
BOUTROSS IMPORTS
$62.00 $98.00
at Neiman Marcus

BOUTROSS IMPORTS 12 Hemstitch Placemats Details Handcrafted placemats. Made of linen/cotton. Machine wash. Set of 12; each, 20 x 1...4. Imported. Color: WHITE. Material: 55% Linen 45% Cotton. read more

12 Hemstitch Placemats - BOUTROSS IMPORTS
World Market
$17.96 $23.96
at World Market

Our Natural Fiber Oval Placemats will add a gorgeous eco-chic backdrop to your table setting. Skilled artisans in Vietnam transfor...med naturally harvested water hyacinth, which is famously sustainable for having the highest known growth rate of any plant, into the intricate woven designs that makes these placemats absolute treasures for your table. Plus, the neutral tones purposefully coordinate with our entire Eastern Indigo collection. read more

Natural Fiber Oval Placemat, Set Of 4
Kim Seybert
$37.00 $50.00
at Neiman Marcus

Kim Seybert Sun Dial Placemat Designer About Kim Seybert: Designer Kim Seybert combines personal study in Old World techniques wit...h a sense of current style to create uniquely elegant pieces for the home. Since 1997, her beaded and embroidered designs have helped to redefine beauty in home decor. Color: CORAL. Material: 100% MDFMEDIUM DENSITY FIBREBOARD. read more

Sun Dial Placemat - Kim Seybert
NM Exclusive
$15.90 $22.00
at Horchow

NM EXCLUSIVE Coiled Rattan Placemat Details Made of eco-friendly rattan. Select color when ordering. 15Dia. Imported. Color: PINK.... Material: RATTAN. read more

Coiled Rattan Placemat, PINK
Neiman Marcus
$45.90 $58.00
at Horchow

Passementerie PlacematsDetailsThe elaborate braiding art of passementerie is exemplified in these placemats by Julian Mejia Design.... Handcrafted of nylon with a matte finish. In Green, White, or Gold; select color when ordering. 16Dia. Imported. read more

Passementerie Placemats
Juliska
$23.90 $32.00
at Horchow

Tartan serves up a festive flourish to the table while being anchored firmly in tradition, a wonderful way to pattern-mix with var...ious napkins and settings. Cotton Machine wash 21 square Imported - Color: No Color read more

Plaid Placemat - No Color

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