Wherever you have enough space to have a table constantly set up you can add beautiful place mats and have instantaneously a great style.
Updated 2017: new products added!
Even if you’ve never gotten in the habit of using place mats you might take a closer look at them. They pull a look together by dressing up your table and therefore your whole tiny home. And don’t forget about the practical reason: a place mat is easier to clean than a whole tablecloth or the table itself.
We have in our home a glass dining table and we placed place mats on it with a very summery bright yellow feel. They create summer even in the middle of winter and they protect the glass top of the table. We chose yellow place mats because it fits the decor of the living room. You can of course make a bold statement with your place mat’s color and style and create a stunning eye catcher.
Both – place mats and tablecloths – are great in order to keep the table from being scratched by heavy ceramic dishes or whatever you place on it. The advantage of place mats versus table cloth though is obvious: if your table looks gorgeous or elegant in itself you want to see it by just putting place mats on it. A tablecloth on the other hand is perfect if you want to hide the top of your table. Most often people choose a tablecloth when it’s about creating a festive atmosphere: for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But let me tell you, even for those special moments you can create a great mood with theme-fitting or seasonal place mats.
All today’s place mats made of cotton or polyester are machine washable and the ones made of plastic are even dishwasher safe, although it’s not recommended to do so very often.
I remember the last time I was sitting at a table without anything on it. It was back in Switzerland when I was visiting a mountain farmer in the Swiss Alps – I even don’t know how you call them in English, in German you call them Senn. They just have a simple very heavy wooden table in the middle of their tiny Alp cottage and they serve fresh milk, cheese and bread on it. Did you ever read the Book Heidi? Well, as you read it there, that’s the way it is – to this day.
For everybody else not living in the Swiss Alps place mats are perfect. There is really no reason to not get a set of nice place mats. The brands offer a wide variety in style and color, you might check them out and hopefully find the perfect ones for you.
WOOD MEETS COLOR Cotton Table Placemats
- Hand-woven with 100% cotton and linen
- Each table mat is 12″ x 18″
- Set of 4 pieces, orange
- Durable, heat insulation
- Easy to clean, wipe to clean
Texture is great. Color is vibrant, size is just right. Great buy.
Exactly as described! Wonderful product! Vibrant colors! Extremely fast delivery!
The quality and colors are great. Very pleased with this purchase.
Fall Leaves Tapestry Placemats
- Made of cotton
- Set of 4 truly elegant Fall place mats with leaves in hues of gold and red
- Gold thread adds a touch of shimmer
- Spot clean, warm iron if necessary
- Each place mat measures 13″ x 19″
These were gorgeous, and I used them at my Thanksgiving table. They have gold threads running through the fabric – not too much, just enough to give it a very elegant look. I loved them! And the variety of colors, from gold to the copper color, allows them to accent a variety of place settings. Very nice – I recommend.
Benson Mills Victorian Round Sage Placemats
- Set of 4 place mats
- Size: 15″ diameter
- Made of a high quality polypropylene
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth
- Also available as set of 6
When needed the placements are easily washed in dish liquid. They air dry quickly and remain looking new.
They look stunning. I was thrilled that Amazon had this because I was driving all over the place looking for them. They clean up nicely – just wipe with damp cloth.
Like these so much I’ve gotten 3 different colors and look for places to use it: Background for wall hangings in guest bath, protective mats in sewing room, trivets on dining table.
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.