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Protect Your Furniture With These 19 Coasters

These clever items are a drink’s best friend.
Roxanne Robinson Jun 16, 2021
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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

Fornasetti

Tema E Variazioni 139 Coaster
$89.00 BUY NOW

The famous mug of Lina Cavalieri graces this Fornasetti coaster, which arriving solo, is as unique as the Italian opera singer’s image.


Serena & Lily

Millerton Coaster (Set of 4)
$68.00 BUY NOW

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.


Atelier Houria Tazi

Set-Of-Four Embroidered Linen Coasters
$200.00 BUY NOW

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

Resin Coasters
$25.00 BUY NOW

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.


With a nod to Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionism, former fashion editor Amanda Tisch Weitzman delivers these blue splatter–print wood and cork coasters to keep stains at bay.


For those who like a fresh outdoor mood, the same Tisch New York coasters as above also come in a cheerful green.


Louis Vuitton

Coasters Monogram
$1,220.00 BUY NOW

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.


Moda Domus

Set-Of-Four Hexagon Coasters
$295.00 BUY NOW

These ones are housed in a coordinating holder, achieving a trompe-l’œil effect by placing raffia within clear Lucite. The result? A practical solution that bears both a bohemian look and a modernist view.


Dorlyn

Rare Set of Brass Drink Cocktail Coasters by Tommi Parzinger
$650.00 BUY NOW

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.


Giobagnara

Circle Coasters
$95.00 Buy Now

Artisanal techniques meet cutting-edge technology when the unlikeliest of materials (leather) takes the form of these super chic and smoothly refined coasters. They’re tough enough to protect furniture. 


Mercedes Salazar

Set Of 4 Watermelon Coasters
$115.00 BUY NOW

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.


1st Dibs

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.


Celina Mancurti

Yellow Stripe Leather Coasters (Set of 4)
$36.00 BUY NOW

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.


UMÉ Studio

Handmade Cast Concrete Bouton 'S' in Marble, Set of Six
$185.00 BUY NOW

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.


Aerin

Set of Four Lucas Jade Coasters
$396.00 BUY NOW

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.


Fornasetti

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.


El Casco

Pebbled-Finish Coaster Set
$771.00 BUY NOW

Vegan leather shows off its versatility with this striking set of coasters, which are encircled in gold hardware with a stamped gold medallion center.


Aerin

Set of Four Marzia Coasters
$117.00 BUY NOW

These four brass coasters from Aerin work overtime: they are equally suited to inviting both candles and beverages to rest on them.


Edie Parker

Lace Coasters
$395.00 BUY NOW

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.

Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
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