Looking Beyond the Functional Aspect of Coasters

by Caitlin Kelch

As an introvert and a serious work-at-home homebody, when I go to other people’s homes, I usually hang out in the doorway longer than necessary until the host or hostess takes me by the arm and ushers me in. Then I worry about my shoes. Am I tracking in dirt? Should I take them off? Is that weird? When we finally arrive to the “Ah, come sit down” phase of the visit, I know the obligatory “Can I get you a drink?” is coming. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left homes with wet spots on my pants because I didn’t grow up with coasters and, until recently, I didn’t trust them. I was afraid I’d damage the surface in someone’s home so I kept my glass in hand for the entire visit.

I came around to coasters when my daughter, bless her innocent heart, left two ugly black rings on a recent thrifted find in our living room — two blond wood vintage tables I knew would come into my life someday, light and small enough to move around as needed should I have a rare guest. After that incident, I went on a coaster bender. We won’t get into that, but let’s just say it involved way too much research on my part.

Today I’m sharing 8 coasters that are as easy on the eyes as they are practical, including some from indie shops and Etsy. And if you’re the crafty type, there are also3 DIY coaster projects that might provide you with a fun project for the weekend. –Caitlin


Indie Shop: These other-worldly objects are, indeed, coasters and what a pleasure it would be to place a beverage on one.


You can’t go wrong with stone or stripes. I like the complimentary square shape too! Available at Nordstrom $24


Indie Shop: These handmade constellation coasters by Peppersprout on Etsy combine wood and sky if your into classifying!


Indie Designer: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. is one of our heroines. Her gorgeous colors and thoughtful illustrations make this set of coasters a favorite. Available on Amazon $17


Indie Shop: Waiting a few days for these to arrive from Lithuaina is probaly worth it. These washed linen coasters from Linen Tales are beautiful. $12


Pattern rules on this set of six stone coasters available on Amazon . $12 a set


The functional, no nonsense products at Japanese store Muji always intrigue us. These natural grass coasters are a great choice if you don’t need a full set. (They’re $6 each.)

Available at Muji $6 per coaster 


I love the exotic look and feel of these Mandala coasters. These are my antidote to the crazy expensive tile all over the internet these days. Available on Amazon $17


DIY: You can make these sweet marbled coasters from with .


DIY: These tree stump coasters from are super cute and easy to make. Instructions right .


DIY: Instructions to make these bright felt coasters in an adorable citrus motif are available at . If you click over, be sure to check out their fantastic selection of craft materials.

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  • As a resident of a northeastern US state with cold, cold winters, I just wanted to chime in quickly to say that fabric or other porous coasters might work great for cold beverages, but (speaking from experience) they don’t work great with a steaming hot mug. I have some amazing felt coasters that are perfectly fine for wine or cocktails, but they’ve left some pretty unhappy rings on my vintage side tables when used with coffee or tea. Stone coasters are the way to go with hot beverages, as far as I’m concerned. (:

  • Beautiful collection! As a hot tea drinker I’ve never noticed a problem with felt coasters….on either marble, wood, or (unknown ikea desk top material ;). Perhaps it’s just me, or the thickness of the felt coasters?

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