The best placemats

Sit down to dinner at a well-dressed table that complements your décor with a matching set of placemats

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Setting the table for dinner isn’t just something that should be done on special occasions. A set of decent placemats won’t just look good, but they’ll be practical too, stopping your furniture from getting damaged by hot plates and sharp utensils. 

Whether you have a busy household with kids and need something that will wipe down easily, or are looking for something fancy to get out at your next dinner party, there’s a whole range of placemats out there for any and all occasions, and many come with matching coaster sets, too. 

When choosing what placemats are right for you, consider how many you need, the size of your dinner plates and the material which is best for you. Certain materials are harder to clean than others and don’t hold up as well when subjected to high temperatures. Most popular materials include glass, marble, slate and plastic, all of which are very durable and have their own individual benefits. 

Fancy placemats are a great idea for a housewarming or wedding gift, with many coming in a professional gift box, and you may even be looking out for placemats to use for a special event you’re planning. In which case, check out our list below which has something to suit all styles and budgets. 

1. Arthur Price – Set of 2 silver plated 9 inch Table Place Mats luxury home tableware

A stunning placemat set that would make the perfect gift for special occasions

Specifications
Best for: Wedding gift
Size: W9xL9inch
Colour: Silver
Material: Silver plated
Quantity: 2
Reasons to buy
+ Matching coaster set + Gift boxed 
Reasons to avoid
- Require polishing 

If you’re looking for a luxury housewarming or wedding gift, then this set of 2 silver plated placemats is a beautiful set for getting out on special occasions. Their traditional design means they will complement any interior and be a timeless set that can be used for generations. You can also purchase the matching coaster set if you want to add to your collection. These elegant placemats are the perfect way to create fine dining in your home. 

2. Sara Miller Flamingo Placemat Set of 4

Bright and summery placemats for warm weather dining

Specifications
Best for: Dining Al Fresco
Size: 30.5x23cm
Colour: Pink and Cream
Material: Cork
Quantity: 4
Reasons to buy
+ Wipe clean+ Vibrant design 
Reasons to avoid
- Not to everyone’s taste 

These funky flamingos are making us long for spring as these placemats would be perfect for indoor and outdoor dining. They are a classic cork design, with plastic surface that is easy to wipe clean, perfect for picnics in the park or BBQs in the back garden. You get four in a set which is perfect for a small family, and the design is one that even the kids will love! They’re stain and heat resistant up to 100 degrees, so whatever you serve up, these flamingos will stay clean and cool.  

3. Chilewich Petal Placemat, Champagne

A stunning stencil design that would be perfect for weddings

Specifications
Best for: Wedding tables
Size: 36x39cm
Colour: Gold
Material: Vinyl
Quantity: 1
Reasons to buy
+ Delicate and pretty + Can be used purely for aesthetics 
Reasons to avoid
- Expensive for one mat  

This stencil design that is inspired by petals would certainly make any wedding table look elegant, and the vinyl material is surprisingly easy to care for, making it the perfect placemat for indoor and outdoor dining. It’s quite pricey for just one placemat, but they also make a great centrepiece for a table to place a candle on, so you don’t always have to use them in the conventional way (plus we think it’s too pretty to cover with a dinner plate anyway). If you like the finer things in life, this placemat will add a touch of class to any mealtime.  

4. Marble Pattern Set Of Placemats

A unique marble design to jazz up the dining table

Specifications
Best for: Unique design
Size: 28x28cm
Colour: Blue & Black
Material: Eucalyptus board
Quantity: 4
Reasons to buy
+ Handmade + Matching items available 
Reasons to avoid
- Bold colour won’t match all decors 

If you want something a little bit different, these eucalyptus board placemats have a unique marble design that would make a sophisticated addition to your dining table. They are large mats that can withstand heat up to 140 degrees, perfect for serving up your favourite dishes any night of the week. If you like everything to be uniform, you can also purchase the matching tray and coaster set that will complete your table setting.  

5. Just Slate Square Placemats Set of 2

Plain and simple slate for sophisticated dining

Specifications
Best for: Minimalist homes
Size: 25x25cm
Colour: Grey
Material: Slate
Quantity: 2
Reasons to buy
+ Hardwearing + Suits all decors  
Reasons to avoid
- Heavy 

If you like presentation to be minimal, then these slate placemats will provide the perfect platform to present your food on. They can be used as placemats or serving mats, and even be used to display cakes or create your own cheeseboards; making them a great multi-functional purchase. The slate material is suited to both indoor and outdoor dining and they are hard-wearing, stylish and easy to clean. They’re a little heavy so be careful around glass tables, and if you want them for a dinner party, you’ll need to purchase a few sets to cater for the entire guestlist.  

6. Just Slate Placemat/Trivet

Bold gold placemats for making your dinner party shine

Specifications
Best for: Decorative piece
Size: 25x25cm
Colour: Gold
Material: Mid Steel
Quantity: 1
Reasons to buy
+ Striking look + Handmade  
Reasons to avoid
- Not all even surfaces 

These slate and copper beaten placemats certainly look striking, and would make a wonderful addition to your dinner table at Christmas. Users have been extremely pleased with the final look they give to their dinner table, but say they work best as serving mats in the centre of a table or as a base for a candle or other centrepiece. Because they are hand-beaten, it does mean that each surface may not be completely even, which is not ideal for a plate, but they look fantastic nonetheless and can withstand heat very well.  

7. Set of Two Josette Mirrored Placemats

Elegant mirrored placemats for classy dining on a budget

Specifications
Best for: Classic look
Size: 23x30cm
Colour: Silver
Material: Mirrored glass
Quantity: 2
Reasons to buy
+ Affordable + Matching coasters 
Reasons to avoid
- Only 2 in the set 

If you liked the look of the Arthur Price Silver Placemats but they’re a little out of your price range, then these Laura Ashley Josette Mirrored Placemats are a fantastic alternative. They feature the same classic design on beautiful mirrored glass, and would look stunning on a glass dining table. These would make a lovely housewarming gift and you can also purchase the matching coaster set to expand your collection. Owners of these placemats love their luxury feel and say they are great to have on the table purely for decoration even when not in use.  

8. John Lewis Glass Bead Placemat

Simple but decorative for a bohemian-style interior

Specifications
Best for: Adding a bit of sparkle
Size: 35cm
Colour: Gold, Silver, Graphite, White
Material: Glass & Satin fabric
Quantity: 1
Reasons to buy
+ Simple design + Can be used anywhere 
Reasons to avoid
- Only one mat 

Again, to be used for actually eating dinner, you will most likely want to purchase more than one of these placemats, but the glass beaded design also looks great as a centrepiece, or an anchor for items such as candles or vases. It’s a simple design which can add a bit of sparkle to your home, especially if you like the rustic, bohemian style, and it would look equally as good outside in the summer. It comes in a range of colours to suit your décor and you can also build your collection with a matching coaster set.  

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