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post #1 of 23
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Which side do you set your glass on, when you're using a coaster??

My son & I got into a debate over this, when he was here visiting last March. He told me the decorative side goes up so you can see the pattern - and I told him no - you put your glass on the flip side, where the cork or felt side is: that's the whole point of using a coaster - to capture the moisture. What good is it gonna do, if you don't use the side that captures the moisture?!

Sometimes I think they switched babies on me at the hospital..

Which side do YOU use??

~KK~
post #2 of 23
I have marble coasters that have green felt on one side and a cork centre on the other. I use the cork and so do anyone who comes here and picks up a coaster to use.
post #3 of 23
I would use it with the design side up, because the cork/felt side is supposed to protect the surface it's being placed on from being scratched.

Tricia
post #4 of 23
Design side up.

Paper/cork both absorb, don't they?
post #5 of 23
Design side up, the cork or felt is there to protect the furniture it is sitting on. The decorated (tile) side would just scratch up the surface worse than the glass you put the coaster under!
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
Design side up, the cork or felt is there to protect the furniture it is sitting on. The decorated (tile) side would just scratch up the surface worse than the glass you put the coaster under!
Same here!!! Mine are clay (horse design of course) so it soaks up the moisture too.
post #7 of 23
Mine are wood with a cork lined depression in the center of it. I've always set it with the wood side down and the cork lined depression soaks up any condensation that drips off the glass.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Green Bunny View Post
I would use it with the design side up, because the cork/felt side is supposed to protect the surface it's being placed on from being scratched.

Tricia
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Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
Design side up, the cork or felt is there to protect the furniture it is sitting on. The decorated (tile) side would just scratch up the surface worse than the glass you put the coaster under!
That's how I use them, too, felt side down.
post #9 of 23
i always use the cork side to the cup. decorative side up when not in use
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
Mine are wood with a cork lined depression in the center of it. I've always set it with the wood side down and the cork lined depression soaks up any condensation that drips off the glass.
Yours are built differently, and it sounds like it's supposed to be cork side up. If they're flat with cork on one side, it's supposed to be cork side down.
post #11 of 23
Always cork or felt side down against the furniture where there is a decorative topside. The cork or felt protects the furniture from being scratched.
post #12 of 23
Yea I always put my glass on the decorative side with the cork down. I always thought that the cork was just to protect the furniture... have I been using coasters wrong all my life?
post #13 of 23
We put the picture side up on our coasters Although you can never see the photos when you put your glass on them anyways & the glasses always stick to the condensation on the coaster...
post #14 of 23
Uhm... the felt on the back is to pretect the tabletop from being scratched Most tops are heat resistant, patterned or not, so that your hot mug doesn't damage the table.....
post #15 of 23
The cork side goes flat on the table in my house with the cup/glass on the decorative side
post #16 of 23
Decorative side up because why buy the coster if you don't like the pattern? I agree with the other side protecting the furniture.
post #17 of 23
i have those absorbent stone coasters, & i use the pretty side.
post #18 of 23
I was always under the impression that the decorative side goes up, the felt or cork side is on the bottom as to not damage the table it is set upon.

Now i'm begining to wonder. Have I been coaster ignorant all these years?
post #19 of 23
What an interesting conversation!

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Originally Posted by Green Bunny View Post
I would use it with the design side up, because the cork/felt side is supposed to protect the surface it's being placed on from being scratched.

Tricia
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
Design side up, the cork or felt is there to protect the furniture it is sitting on. The decorated (tile) side would just scratch up the surface worse than the glass you put the coaster under!


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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
Mine are wood with a cork lined depression in the center of it. I've always set it with the wood side down and the cork lined depression soaks up any condensation that drips off the glass.
My MIL has those kind too and we all use them the same way you do.

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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i have those absorbent stone coasters, & i use the pretty side.
These are what I have now but we don't actually use coasters because out table is tile mosaic top so it's heat/water resistant anyway. Plus, it's really old and beat up so a few drips won't be noticed.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
The cork side goes flat on the table in my house with the cup/glass on the decorative side
Thats how I've always used them too
post #21 of 23
Im definately a pattern side up person, same reason as everyone else: I use coasters to protect my coffeetable, not just prevent it from getting wet.
And I dont know, but do you think something absorbing moisture all the time and then sitting open is completely healthy? Molds frequently grow on corks (and can turn wine by doing so), and a warm (indoors), moist environment is very encouraging for that kind of growth....If youre looking for absorbancy, id recommend a hygenic alternative to felt/cork bottomed coasters, for example clay, or washable absorbant material...
post #22 of 23

Someone commented you use cork for wine bottles why would it absorb, does not make any sense. Which now that they mention it, yeah does not make sense to use the cork, I am also wondering why those who mention using the recessed side seem so smug, well of course  you can tell what side to use if one side is recessed. arg. Any coaster with a hard surface on one side and cork or felt on other, yes I would put hard side up. Paper is the issue, something that looks like paper and has nice picture on it is usually the issue isn't it, as we would automatically think we would ruin the paper by getting moisture on it, I would think they must treat them with something, I am using the paper side now and it is not absorbing it. SO WHO SAYS THAT THE COASTER HAS TO ABSORB THE MOISTURE? All it has to do it keep it off the table not the drinking glass.

post #23 of 23
Hi deb!

This thread is from 2008.not sure of most people here are around anymore.
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