Learn More About Coasters


Learn More About Coasters

Who Invented Drink Coasters? How Do You Customize Your Drink Coasters? Do You Have to Use a Coaster on Your Tables? What Happens If You Don’t?

You know those folks that are always on your case about using a coaster? Well, they’re actually on to something! Coasters may be small, but they actually do more than you may think to protect your furniture, especially if it’s made from stone, marble, or wood.

So if you’re at a party, don’t be a pest. Put a coaster under your glass! Same goes for sitting around at home with a nice cool drink. Your tables can get pretty messed up if you don’t have one handy.  

What Do You Need Coasters For?

cup with a coaster by a computer

You need a coaster to prevent ugly water rings and marks from ending up on your tables. This happens with “sweaty drinks” like beer, soda, water, and juice.

These water rings form due to the condensation on the cup, bottle, or mug. If the temperature of your cold drink is below dew point, the water will condense as liquid to the surface. Now it’s all drippy and may leave a puddle underneath!

Not only do coasters protect from water rings, but certain cups or glasses may also leave small scratches or nicks in the table. This is especially true if you’re moving your drink around a lot.

With all that in mind, it only makes sense to lay down a coaster before you set down your drink. You’ll keep the furniture free from blemishes and get fun home décor at the same time!

What Happens If You Don’t Use a Coaster?

glass of water

A drink without a coaster could cause the table it’s sitting on to be stained, discolored, dented, or scratched. If the drink remains forgotten for a long period of time, this damage will only be worse.

The last thing you want is to destroy someone’s furniture at a birthday party or ruin your dining room set or end tables as you have a glass of wine after work. It’s as simple as using a coaster under your cold drink!

Why Are Coasters Needed?

There’s evidence that coasters are needed when you’re setting down a cold drink. Just take a look at the wooden table pictured below. A glass of ice cold water was left on this party table without a coaster for over 24 hours. The wood was damaged and stained as a result.

Notice how there’s some discoloration and leftover water stains from where the glass had been. The glass also adhered to the surface, which is what caused the paint to chip away.  

Luckily, this was a cheap, broken table that was going to a recycling center anyway, but what if it was those expensive marble end tables you bought from Wayfair? Or the mahogany coffee table you splurged on from Pottery Barn?

The coaster exists to be a literal barrier between your nice furniture and the condensation at the bottom of the drink. So come on now – use a coaster before you put down your drink!

What Are the Best Coasters?

The best coasters are made from cork, ceramic, neoprene, plastic, or pulp board. These materials will absorb the moisture and won’t adhere to the bottom of the glass when you pick it up to take a drink.

So how were these materials chosen as the best? 11 different coasters were put to the test with an ice cold glass of water set on top for over 6 hours. Here are the results:

*These coasters are available at Quality Logo Products®. Results may vary depending on the coaster and the cup you’re using for your drink.

While some were graded higher than others, you can’t go wrong as long as you use any coaster under your drink. Stainless steel, glass, bamboo, leather, and copper are all good, stylish options. Just save them for your bottles, mugs, and plastic cups instead of your glasses!

Final Thoughts

When a party host is nagging you about using a coaster, don’t just roll your eyes. It’s part of being a good guest to take the time to grab one before you put down your glass. You should also have coasters for your house and in any room where you may bring a drink, from the kitchen to the living room to the basement.

Your tables thank you.

So go get yourself a new set of coasters; maybe make some from scratch, or buy new custom coasters from a company like Quality Logo Products®!


The Kitchen Professor. (2019, January 30). Best Absorbent Drink Coasters & Dealing with Condensation. Retrieved from, https://thekitchenprofessor.com/blog/best-coasters-absorbing-water

Morris, C. (2010, November 11). The Case for Coasters: Better Safe Than Sorry! Retrieved from, https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-case-for-co-1-132034

Weiss, E. (2015, September 3). Support Your Drink: A Brief History of the Coaster.

Kirchhoff, H. (2017, April 25). Why Does Condensation Form on a Drinking Glass? Retrieved from, https://sciencing.com/causes-evaporation-condensation-15062.html

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