How to choose the right placemats?
Whether its for practicality or decoration, there’s placemat available to suit all, but as they come in so many different sizes and materials, it’s worth taking a moment to consider what they will be primarily used for and how they fit into the home.
Placemats can be made from marble, slate, copper, cotton or PVC, to name a few, but cork is probably one of the most familiar types to consumers, remaining eternally popular because of its natural resistance to heat and nigh-on impermeability.
Thanks to its strong heat resistance, overall strength and non-porous nature, slate is no longer the preserve of just roof tiles and, staying with nature, many find it hard to resist the warm brown hues of natural wood. The dense and durable qualities of various hardwood varieties make them less likely to shrink, warp or crack under the onslaught of various liquid spills and splashes. Other more natural options include straw, paper and rattan, all with varying durability for fulfilling users’ requirements.
Depending on their type, fabrics can add cosy olde-worlde charm or luxurious sophistication while melamine is perfect for its robustness. Glass adds a touch of luxury due to its style-conveying ability, and comes with the bonus of matching nearly any table setting. Made from toughened glass, such mats are great for protecting the underneath surface from heat damage, clean off quickly and, if well cared for, can be extremely long lasting. Bear in mind, though, that they’re probably not the best choice for a family with young children.
No matter what your reasons are for buying placemats, be it because you are looking for something practical, celebratory, commemorative, or it’s just for just a bit of homemaking indulgence, they’re a valuable part of the home furnishings collection, bringing fun, colour and class to any table.