Three Things to Consider Before Buying Coasters

Put a decorative buffer between your drink and finished surfaces.

Coffee cup on coaster.
Make sure your coasters have a non-slip backing to prevent spills.Kat Stokes

Single-drink coasters became common in the late 1880s when German printers started manufacturing so-called “beermats” from wood pulp. They’re now a decorating and culinary staple of bars, restaurants, and homes. Coasters are available in dozens of materials and designs, so choose one that pairs well with whatever you’re putting on top of it and your decor. Here are three other things to think about when looking for a coaster set.

Natural Cork Coasters With Round Edge 4 inches 16pc Set with Metal Holder Storage Caddy – 1/4” Thick Plain Absorbent Heat-Resistant Reusable Saucers for Cold Drinks Wine Glasses Plants Cups & Mugs
This product has a slip-resistant surface.Decopom

Coasters come in an array of materials including wood, sandstone, ceramic, glass, and fabric. Depending on whether you’re putting glass, plastic, paper, or metal dishware on the coaster, know that some coaster materials provide more friction than others. Whatever material you prefer, make sure the coaster will hold a glass or small plate without losing its grip. And if your coaster is absorbent, look for a waterproof backing on the bottom so it won’t leave a permanent stained ring on wooden furniture.

Kamenstein 5186008 4 Piece Set, Natural Acacia Wood and Cork Stackable Coasters, Set of 4
This product absorbs incidental moisture.Kamenstein

Condensation on a cool, frosty glass can help the glass stick to some coasters. However, it makes a mess when the water drips onto other surfaces. To prevent this, look at coasters that have a non-slip surface and a raised edge that corrals liquids.

ChefBee Set of 8 Coaster for Drinks - Absorbent Mandala Ceramic Coasters with Cork Base, Metal Holder, Stone Coasters, Perfect Gift Set for Birthday, Housewarming
The backing on this product won’t slip or damage other surfaces.CHEFBEE

If you like the look and feel of coasters made with hard materials like ceramic, metal, or glass, make sure it has a dense cork or foam backing. Not only will a soft bottom prevent furniture scratches, it will help keep the coaster in place on slick surfaces.

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