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« on: June 02, 2010 07:14:30 AM »

Hello there. I've just moved into a new apartment, and was given a side table and coffee table that my father-in-law beautifully refinished. I don't want to ruin them with sweaty drinks, so I'm looking to make some super-duper coasters to protect them. I've been searching on here and found crocheted (both wool & cotton), sewn, and tile coasters, all of which I could definitely make. My question to all of you is, which of those types of coasters would best protect my lovely new furniture?

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010 09:48:28 AM »

I've used tile with cork backing, knitted, and wood w/stone inlay.  My best luck is the wood ones (although i'll admit I'm partial since I make them myself).  The knitted ones didn't soak up enough of the moisture and eventually curled up along the edges.  The soft ones also make good throwing-weapons so I'd get assaulted everytime I walked through the room..... *sigh*

My neighbors love their 'thirsty' tiles... a sandstone that absorbs the water.

Whatever you decide, make sure you're a stickler about using them (and getting your guests to use them) and in a flash no one will dare to set anything down on your lovely tables without a coaster!


« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2010 11:43:12 AM »

thanks for the great advice! I actually picked up a set of 4 bamboo coasters at Target last night. And believe me, I will be a stickler about using them!

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