Published on March 4th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Leaf-shaped Place Mats for round Dining Table

Materials: 6 PANNA Place Mats, DRALLA Chopping Mats (set of 2), Xacto Knife

Description: Most place mats are rectangular or round, and therefore don’t go well with round dining table. The former simply have the wrong shape, while the latter tend to be too big.

A few years ago, I brought a two leaf shaped felt mats and 6 matching felt coasters from Germany. While this was enough to cover the center of my table, I still had the challenge of what to do for the actual place mats. I tried to order more of the felt mats from Germany, but did not have any success as of yet.

During my last visit at IKEA, it finally hit me. Why not use the material of the green PANNA place mats to cut myself some that matched my felt mats? I could make myself a template, and cut the PANNA accordingly.

As I looked around, I saw the DRALLA Chopping Mats as an ideal material for the templates. They are rigid enough to cut along their edges, but they are thin enough to cut them to shape using scissors.

When I got home with the place and chopping mats, I traced the shape of my large felt mats onto the chopping mat. Then I cut the chopping mat with sharp scissors, and sanded the edges until they were smooth.

I placed the other Chopping Mat onto the kitchen counter, and layered a PANNA Place Mat and the template on top of it. It took me a moment to find the nicest placement of the template over the PANNA Place Mat.

Then I used a Xacto knife with a brand new blade to cut along the edge of the template. The foamy material was easy to cut, except the tight corners where the leaf meets its stem. The results are pretty nice…

You can be totally creative in creating your own shapes. My advice is to avoid tight cutting radiuses, and replace the blade after 2 mats.

~ Modernista, California

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10 Responses to Leaf-shaped Place Mats for round Dining Table

  1. Anonymous says:

    I should add that IKEA has a similar styled chair called BERNHARD. It’s leather covered, and I’ve seen it in black, white, burgundy, apple green, and dark brown. The IKEA website currently only lists the last two colors:


    I was seriously considering these, as they cost a fraction of the Ligne Roset chairs. But they are not nearly as comfortable, and the limited choices in materials was an issue as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The chairs are called Ligne Roset SALA. (http://www.ligne-roset-usa.com/Products/dining/chairs/Sala_1061.aspx)

    They can be ordered in a wide variety of fabrics; this is Alcantara “mandarin”. There are different leg styles as well. They are so comfortable, your guests will hang around for a while… ;)

    You can order them at Ligne Roset stores; sometimes you may find some previously loved ones on eBay or Craigslist.

  3. Lula♥ says:

    where did you get those chairs??

  4. Anonymous says:

    where did you get the chairs? love them please let me know

  5. Anonymous says:

    There may be situations where I would use a table cloth – e.g. for a more formal dinner setting. But those situations would be rare.

    I’m rather casual. I like a minimalist look that preserves some of the transparency of the table, and I don’t care much for creating additional laundry.


  6. Laurel says:

    These are lovely.

  7. jo says:

    it is a nice idea, but what i don’t get is the reason why you’re not using a regular circular table cloth. easier, more elegant if you need to be elegant, or practical if you choose a red-and-white cloth….
    anyway, nice idea

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m considering making some matching coasters… we’ll see.

    Other shapes you could try are blowfish, or fruit shapes. Ideally, though, the color of the mats should correspond somewhat with the final shape.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love this idea. Thankyou for sharing.

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