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Cool & Carefree: The Best Coasters of 2020

The ultimate guide to all the different types of coasters and how to protect the surfaces of your home.

Coasters are great because not only are they efficient, but they are also great decor accents for the home. Having a cool coaster set will surely impress your guests. 

When offering a drink, make sure to give your guest a coaster and perhaps a napkin as well. It’s refreshing since not many people do it, welcoming, and your guests will feel like they are staying at a 5-star hotel. Oh, and your drinks won’t ruin your furniture!

Coasters are used to protect the surfaces of your table or wherever you’re placing your drink. They do so by absorbing the drink’s condensation to leave any watermarks on the surface. I have had and seen a lot of tables ruined because they never used coasters. Trust me on this one, you need coasters, especially when guests are over. 

Most of the time, guests don’t really think about the messes they make at other people’s houses because it’s not their own house. If you enjoy having guests over and want to keep your home looking good as new, you should be offering your guests coasters with their drinks.

Agate Coasters

Taken from Neiman Marcus

Trending right now are agate coasters, also known as geode coasters. These coasters are essentially slabs of agate/geode stones. They are unique and popular on the market right now because not one coaster comes in the exact same shape, size, or color, making for pretty unique accent pieces for the home. There are even Quartz coasters out there for those who love crystals & the metaphysical. Check out these sites for agate coaster options:

Anthropologie

ANNA New York

Etsy

Amazon

Macys

Bergdorf Goodman

Jonathan Adler

Wayfair

Marble Coasters

Taken from Mintwood Home

Polished marble will always attract a level of elegance and clarity, while bringing brightness to the scene. 

Glass Coasters

Taken from Pottery Barn

Glass coasters are edgy, modern and are great for surfaces that are already decorated because of their clear fashion. Check out these sites for more glass coaster options:

Pottery Barn

Alchemy Fine Home

Neiman Marcus

Amazon

Etsy

Macys

Wayfair

Cork Coasters

Taken from Sohaliving

Cork is a popular material for coasters because of its soft nature. They won’t scratch any surfaces and are pretty thick (for heavy drinks). I have cork coasters for beer and wine. Not only does it match the vibe perfectly, but it is also great for protecting your countertops. Check out these sites for cork coaster options:

Bed Bath & Beyond

Meadowblu

Unison Home

Houzz

Etsy

Wooden Coasters

Taken from Wayfair

Wood and bamboo coasters are a classic vibe for drinking. Wood usually goes with everything in the house, making a great decorative accent if you can’t decide what coaster route to go. However, make sure that they are well taken care of because they crack or break easily by spilling drinks on them. Check out these sites for wood coaster options:

Pottery Barn

Crate and Barrel

West Elm

Zola

Cb2

Amara

Slate Coasters

Slate coasters definitely have the ultimate raw, modern feel. Not many people find them attractive, but I believe it is a matter of taste because I think they are pretty cool and give off such a modern vibe. Check out these sites for slate coaster options:

Crate and Barrel

Max Warehouse

Nicobar

Pottery Barn

Macys

Etsy

Ceramic Coasters

Taken from Crate&Barrel

Ceramic coasters encompass many of the different coasters in the list, as ceramic is made from many other materials. However, some specific coasters have that ceramic look and feel if you are looking specifically for that vibe. Check out these sites for ceramic coaster options:

Crate & Barrel

Ceramic Coasters

Wolf & Badger

Cb2

Leather Coasters 

Taken from Ralph Lauren

Leather coasters are great because they are much more absorbent than glass or rubber coasters. Leather guarantees that any spilling will be quickly absorbed, and they will not get damaged by the drinks. I would recommend leather coasters to those who know their guests are messy and prone to accidents here and there, especially if they like drinking. Now it makes a lot of sense as to why many bars have leather coasters! Check out these sites for leather coasters:

Macys

Jenni Kayne

Lucrin

West Elm

Etsy

Holtz Leather

Gigi New York

Little Moon Society

Custom Coasters

Taken from Etsy

Now, if you want to take your coaster game to the next level, customize it! Many different sites allow you to customize your own coasters in several unique ways. You can monogram your coasters, as my friend once did for me. You can also place photos, quotes, or whatever your interior designer heart desires to be the face of your drinking apparel. They again can come in any shape, size, and even material of your choice. This is probably the most creative and most fun way to go about your coaster journey. Check out these sites for custom coaster options:

Food52

Crestline

Personal Creations

Uncommon Goods

Pottery Barn

Etsy

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