Coasters: Where Practicality Meets Style

coasters with wine bottles and glass

From decadent hot chocolate to sophisticated cocktails, you put a lot of effort into what you drink. But an equally important choice is what goes underneath your glass or mug.

That’s where coasters come in. They’re stylish and functional, charming and fun. Not only do they protect your furniture, but they can add a great pop of decor flair to your space.

But with so many options and materials out there, which do you choose? We give you the lowdown on picking the right coasters for you.

Form and function

There’s nothing worse than picking up your glass or mug only to see an ugly and maybe even permanent stain underneath it. Caused by condensation or spills, these stains often happen without us noticing. And when we finally do see them, it can be too late.

A simple coaster is the solution. They can save you money to repair damaged furniture. Or worse, the need to spend money replacing it. From boho designs to brass and leather, there are plenty of options to choose from. But which is best? We take a look at how different materials stack up.

What is the best material for coasters?

When you’re shopping for drink coasters, you may be tempted to focus only on style. And with so many options, it’s easy to get carried away! But keep in mind that the materials your coasters are made of will influence their durability, wear and performance.

For example, certain materials are more effective at absorbing condensation and heat than others. For instance, felt and fabric coasters will actually absorb any spilled liquid or condensation. On the other hand, water will simply pool on most coasters made of stone or slate. Think about what works for you.

Coasters are available in a huge range of materials from marble to wood to beading and woven straw. Here, we give you some insight into what to expect from different materials.

Silicone Silicone is a popular choice for coasters. That’s because it is cheap, flexible, and easy to clean. (Rubber and plastic coasters offer the same pros.)

On the downside, coasters like these are usually glossy and may feel a little flimsy, which may not be in keeping with your style choices.

Slate Slate has taken the design (and coaster) world by storm in recent years.

However, it is not just aesthetics that have made slate a popular choice. Both heat-resistant and non-porous, slate coasters are functional and versatile. They feel premium and are very solid. On the downside, they can chip if dropped and can be tricky to clean.

Sandstone This type of coaster is a great choice for style-conscious buyers. Sandstone is also absorbent, meaning water will not pool on coasters made of sandstone.

On the downside, sandstone coasters, like slate ones, can be delicate and break or chip easily.

Cork One of the most common and popular materials used to make both placemats and coasters is cork. Cork is non-slip and also provides heat-resistance. Coasters made from cork will be long-wearing. However, they may stain from certain liquids such as red wine.

Marble Marble always adds a touch of elegance to the home. Marble coasters are no different. Available in many different colors, marble coasters are a great choice for upscale events and style-conscious home decorators. However, they can be heavy and may chip.

Wood and bamboo Wood and bamboo coasters have a classic appearance that goes with many decorative styles. But, they can warp or crack if spills happen regularly.

Other materials Other materials such as melamine, glass, fabric and leather can all be used to make great coasters, too. Melamine is a durable and easy-to-clean material. When backed be velour or felt, it won’t slip on countertops or tables. Toughened glass coasters are also stylish and functional. They offer the benefits of being heat and stain-resistant. Faux leather coasters can also be fun and come in many designs.

How to choose the right material

With all these choices, you may still be wondering which is best for you. A great way to help you pick is to consider where you’ll be using your stylish new coasters. Here are some tips:

  • Location: Will your coasters be used indoors or outdoors? Pool-side or fire-side? If your coasters are going to be used outdoors, go with something that’s easy to carry and that won’t break if it falls. For indoors, think about materials that will work with your decor.

  • Kids vs adults: Will kids need to use your new coasters? If so, go with strong, durable and flexible materials.

  • Long-lasting versus right-now style. Do you want coasters that will last? Or a set that is fashionable for right now? Be sure about what kind of coasters you’re investing in. This will also help you pick coasters at the right price point.

  • Stains and spills: Do you often drink red wine? How about strong tea? If you choose beverages that can stain, stay away from overly absorbent coasters.

  • Frequency of use: How often will you use your coasters? Will you use them every day, or just when guests come over? Maybe having two sets is best.

The wrap-up

No matter what kind of coasters you need, there’s a great set out there waiting just for you. And with so many materials to choose from, you’ll be sure to find exactly the style that meets your needs. Take a look at our range and find the right coaster for you.