Three Things to Consider Before Buying Coasters

Put a decorative buffer between your drink and finished surfaces.

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.

This product has a slip-resistant surface. Decopom

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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.

This product absorbs incidental moisture. Kamenstein

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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.

The backing on this product won’t slip or damage other surfaces. CHEFBEE

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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.