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The Best Skull Coasters

Last updated on June 9, 2022

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DWK Skeleton Hand Holder & Ceramic Skull Coasters, 4-Pack

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Skeleton Hand Holder & Ceramic Skull Coasters, 4-Pack

These skull coasters look unique in their creepy hand coaster holder. They have a distinctly gothic style and color scheme. They are made from high-quality cold-cast polyresin and have a hand-painted finish.

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Unique LookThese skull coasters come with a creepy-cool hand holder.

Buying Guide

Having drinks with friends or family is a great way to unwind and relax. However, it’s never fun when you end up with water marks all over your furniture, the little rings staining fabric and wood and causing metal to rust. This is why having coasters around your home is so important — this way, no matter where you are, you have a safe place to put your drink. However, coasters aren’t just functional; they can also be decorative and showcase your style. If you have a love for the visuals and symbolism of the macabre, you may enjoy skull coasters.

As you’re looking for skull coasters, you may want to start out by figuring out your style and determining what message you want to convey. For example, do you like cheeky humor? In that case, you may go for a humorous coaster that has a skeleton showing a rock-on sign. If you prefer a more gothic look, then opt for a skull coaster that contains other gothic imagery such as flying ravens. To evoke pirates, you’ll want a skull and crossbones-inspired version. Consider what other skull imagery you have in your home and whether the coaster will work with your existing décor as well.

When it comes to materials for skull coasters, you have a few options. For example, coasters can be made from materials such as wood, ceramic, sandstone, silicone and more. You can even find coasters made from yarn and crochet. Silicone is a durable choice for coasters because it is strong and easy to clean. Ceramic and sandstone, while absorbent, may be vulnerable to chip[ing, while wood, paper or cardboard ones may get ruined if wet. A non-scratch bottom of cork may be helpful in protecting furniture.

Skull coasters, like all coasters, are available in different quantities. You can find skull coasters in sets of two, four or six, and sometimes more as well. Think about how many guests you have over at one time or how many people live in your home to determine how many coasters you will need. Keep in mind that you can also purchase multiple sets of the same coasters to get a higher quantity.

And also consider that you might want to display your cool coasters even when they’re not being used. So, look at whether or not they stack well and if there’s a holder that will keep them handy and out in the open at all times.

What to Look For

  • Standard coasters may be square or circular. They typically measure about 3 inches in diameter, or 3 by 3 inches, but you can find larger ones that go up to 6 inches in diameter, or 6 by 6 inches. Check to see how big the base of your glasses is so that you can get coasters that are larger than that size. Coasters that are smaller than your glasses won’t be as useful at protecting your furniture from water spots.
  • Coasters can get sticky from drinks spilling on them, so it’s best to look at how to clean the coasters before you buy them. Some coasters are dishwasher safe, which makes cleanup a breeze because you can wash them at the same time as the glasses. Other coasters need to be hand-washed in the sink or simply wiped down with a damp cloth.
  • How often should you use coasters? If you want to avoid any discoloration and stains on your furniture, it’s best to use coasters every time you set your drink down on a table — regardless of what you’re drinking. Even glasses that just contain plain water can discolor furniture, so it’s best to be safe and get into the habit of always using a coaster.

More to Explore

Skull coasters may be a relatively new trend, but did you know that skulls have been used as part of art and decoration for centuries? In fact, skulls were actually displayed in Middle Eastern homes as far back as 7,200 B.C.E. However, because that era predates the written word, there are no records of what displaying those skulls symbolized during that time.

Around 300 C.E. in the Aztec empire, skulls of defeated warriors were displayed as trophies. During the same period, Mexicans used skulls to celebrate the Day of the Dead. In the 1300s, Europeans used skulls and bones to decorate chalices. Skulls have often appeared in art since then, but these images became more prominent in American artwork in around the 1920s.

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