Protect Your Furniture With These 19 Coasters
Cruising around grandma’s house always yields a set of coasters or two. Mom and Dad probably have some displayed on a side table. But, rather than thinking of coasters as throwback décor items, it’s time to give them a second look. They don’t have to be relegated to being a quirky, oddly formal trend of yesteryear. Instead, Nest Casa touts these mini placemats for your cocktails, coffee, and other beverages as practical and decorative as well.
Why Coasters Are Crucial to Furniture Care?
According to Christophe Pourny, a Brooklyn-based antique restorer and the author of The Furniture Bible, coasters are a serious discussion. So much so that he dedicated a page in his book to the topic, which identifies heat and moisture as furniture foes. “Hot items can melt the finish, causing a dark mark,” he explains. “Similarly hot items can draw moisture from within the wood beneath, trapping it under the finish to produce a white ring.” This can also be said for glasses with condensation or wet bottoms that leave a watermark.
Protecting your furniture can help. Christophe Pourny Studio has developed a line of products to help protect wood furniture with different finishes. For instance, Paste Wax should be used on a rustic finish while the Furniture Tonic and Teak Tonic aid teaks or other oiled woods to moisturize and revive the grain. If heat or moisture has left a mark, ultimately, the piece may need to be sanded and refinished—either where the spot occurred or, in some cases, across the whole piece. “So, the bottom line is, use a coaster,” warns Pourny.
What Type of Coaster Is Best?
Coasters come in all types of materials for decorative purposes, ranging from plastic, metal, and glass to cloth. Pourny suggests that the perfect coasters have three layers: “If the top is plastic, metal, or glass, a cork middle to absorb heat or moisture with a felt bottom is best.” If you have to choose just one layer, then a thick felt one is his choice. He advises, “Felt is the smoothest option to prevent scratches.” His studio makes custom styles with silver- or gold-leaf tops. (He coyly boasts making a “22-karat gold-leaf set for a billionaire ex-Mayor of New York City.”)
Editor’s Picks: Best Coasters
The famous mug of Lina Cavalieri graces this Fornasetti coaster, which arriving solo, is as unique as the Italian opera singer’s image.
A perfect hostess gift, these simple marble coasters feature a fine brass ring for a touch of pizzazz. They easily blend into any décor style.
Exotic Moroccan tiles inspire this set of four handcrafted and hand painted linen coasters in shades of Cerulean blue accented by gold embroidery.
Gaetano Pesce’s whimsical approach to coasters is seen in these one-of-a-kind, colorful resin pairs. They have alternating designs that can be custom-curated for a truly original set of six, eight, or more.
Pretty as a Miami sunset, this set of six Plexiglas coasters from Louis Vuitton boasts the brand’s signature flower monogram while resting inside a coordinating leather holder.
Tommi Parzinger—the German designer who famously decorated the homes of Billy Baldwin and Marilyn Monroe—is behind this rare Doryn stacking brass coaster set from the 1950s. It’s an item that’s undoubtedly seeped in cocktail history.
Designer Mercedes Salazar brings her love for Colombian, artisanal, straw handicrafts and sense of wit to jewelry, accessories, and home décor. This is particularly evident in these playful, watermelon raffia coasters.
Set of Six 24kt Gold Plated Roman Themed Coasters Signed by Piero Fornasetti$1,245.00 BUY NOW
Let the Roman empire protect your furniture with a signed, original Fornasetti for Saks Fifth Avenue coaster set. It depicts toga-clad Greco-Roman men, gossiping in a chariot.
Bold and a bit kooky, leather transforms into a set of four coasters designed by Celina Mancurti. These feature bright yellow stripes that are printed off-kilter on purpose for an intriguing result.
Cheerful and a bit deceiving, this set of six coasters are fashioned to resemble buttons and look like marble. Instead, they are created from hand-poured concrete and they coordinate with two larger matching plates to create a stacked effect.
Evoking a faraway land full of mystery and allure is this set of four jade and brass coasters. Each one is unique, thanks to the green mineral, which is nestled neatly within a brass stacking tower.
Piero Fornasetti Group of Eight Quand on Arrive Clock Coasters, When One Arrives$695.00 BUY NOW
From Fornasetti are these cheeky, French expressions on a set of eight vintage coasters—which can be doled out to guests according to the traits expressed on them.
Vegan leather shows off its versatility with this striking set of coasters, which are encircled in gold hardware with a stamped gold medallion center.
These four brass coasters from Aerin work overtime: they are equally suited to inviting both candles and beverages to rest on them.
What started in 2011 as founder Brett Heyman’s obsession with finding the perfect vintage, acrylic clutch has blossomed into Edie Parker. It’s fitting that the global brand—which is known for saucy expressions and personalization—plays with the idea of “lace” doilies (a drink coaster staple typical in old-school hotels) to produce these acrylic coasters in their likeness.