Coasters are a simple, yet effective solution to protect the surface of furniture from damaging water spills and condensation. They are made from virtually any material, but there are materials that are a lot more practical than others. A preferred coaster has a surface that is easy to wipe clean and a material that is waterproof. Also, for the low-cost option, it is possible to look at the paper coasters. Other popular and reusable materials include faux-leather, plastic, tile and melamine.
Many of the coasters have a special insulating backing that gives a smooth finish and helps to prevent surface chips or scratches to the piece of furniture. Cork and felt are preferred as the backing material because they are both light and soft.
Here are three of the popular materials for coasters:
Paper: a low-cost solution to protect the top surface of the furniture is the paper coasters. They are intended for single use and come in many styles and sizes that include a soft, linen-like surface or waxed paper backing. The low-cost and single use application makes these coasters a popular choice on airliners and in restaurants. Plus, this material is one that is very easy to have personalized in order to create the unique design.
Melamine: the coasters in melamine are appreciated for long-durability and ability to withstand high temperatures, which can reach 165° or more. This is a material that is reusable and easy to wipe clean. Plus, it can feature plenty of designs, such as abstract patterns, funny slogans, or even famous paintings. This material gives great versatility when it comes to personalizing with a special message or logo because it is possible to use multiple print methods like digital, litho and screen. Most of these coasters have a hard-wearing cork backing to better protect the surface it is placed on.
Slate: for those in search of the more deluxe option, the slate material is certain to appeal to many. This is a grey, heavy stone that can look great with or without engraving. This natural material contains mineral flecks or grain patterns to create the unique and one-off piece. Because this is a hard material it is finished with a velvet backing to prevent it from marking the furniture or bar top it is placed on. The stylish slate coasters are great for those looking to give the dining room a touch of contemporary glamour.