Custom Leather Coasters: 5 Amazing Facts You Should Know

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It's time to learn everything there is to know about custom leather coasters! We've got all the insider knowledge you’ll need before buying your next set of custom leather coasters.

Purchasing leather coasters will be one of the best decisions you ever make for your brand. Why? Because custom leather coasters have so many benefits beyond looking great.

  • They have a high perceived value—people will likely keep them around.
  • They're easier to clean than regular coasters.
  • They're durable; they'll last longer than the average coaster.
  • They don't absorb liquids like regular paper or cardboard coasters.

As you can see, there's more to these little awe-inspiring drink coasters than meets the eye.

You might have seen them atop a bar or restaurant table, but do you really know what materials have gone into them, when they were first made, or the techniques that were used in their creation? Most people don’t.

But that's why we're here!

Today, we'll help you learn more about these awesome little accessories.

1 - Use Custom Leather Coasters as a Promotional Item

From beer companies to restaurants and bars, these simple little accessories can be used as a way to advertise your brand and make people feel special. This is a fun fact, but it's also one that's important to know if you want to purchase leather coasters to boost brand awareness.

Customer experience is something that businesses are always looking to improve. One great way to do so is by handing out custom leather coasters imprinted with your logo.

Order them in bulk and use them as promotional items for your company or organization. It's common practice for businesses to hand these out at conferences, trade shows, and other events where they want to make an impression.

Many companies do this as part of their marketing strategy, including big names like Starbucks and McDonald's. In short, in addition to protecting the surface of your table, leather coasters can be used to promote your business and events.

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2 - Leather Coasters Have Been Around for Decades

Coasters have been around for a long time but they weren’t initially made of leather. And if you want to know when coasters were first made, you'll have to go all the way back to the Middle Ages.

However, it wasn't until the 1880s that coasters became popular enough to warrant mass production. At this time, coasters were mainly made from cardboard, wood, and rubber.

The first coasters weren’t intended to prevent spills. In the 1800s, condensation wasn't a primary issue, but keeping bugs and dirt out of one’s pint was essential.

The modern-day leather coasters that are durable and easy to clean only started becoming popular around the 1920s. 

Because they're durable and soft, they work well at protecting tables from scratches and scuffs caused by glasses or cups.

In short, custom leather coasters are one of the most useful products you can buy. They've been around for decades, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon.

Fun Fact:

The practice and hobby of collecting coasters has a scientific name known as tegestology, and a man by the name of Leo Pisker holds the Guinness World Record for collecting the most drink coasters at 152,860 from 192 countries.

3 - Cowhide Leather Is the Most Popular Choice of Raw Material in Making Custom Leather Coasters

Cowhide leather is the most popular choice of raw material when it comes to making custom leather coasters. It's durable, soft, and supple and has a natural sheen that will only improve with age.

Cowhide can also be recycled, making it an eco-friendly option for your business.

If you're looking to make something that will last and be worth your while, cowhide leather is a great choice. It's durable, flexible, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Plus, it looks fantastic!

Note that our cowhide leather is tanned for us by the Horween Leather Company; one of the best and oldest tanneries in the business today.

Consequently, our leather has been treated with the utmost care, expertise, and experience—it's no wonder our coasters look amazing, even after years of use.

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4 - Custom Leather Coasters Are Made Using Many Different Techniques

There are many different ways to make custom leather coasters, and each technique has a distinct manufacturing process.

The most common technique used to make custom leather coasters is laser engraving. This is the process of burning away the surface of the leather to create a design.

The method creates a very high-quality image that will last for years.

Below is a table of other common techniques used to customize leather coasters, how they work, and their benefits.

Manufacturing Technique How It Works Usefulness
Debossing Text or other artwork is pressed into the surface of the leather
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Eye-catching
Sewing/Embroidery Using thread and needles to create intricate designs on leather
  • High-quality designs
  • Long-lasting
  • Ability to personalize
  • Affordable
Foil stamping A foil is used to create an image or pattern on leather
  • Wide range of styles
  • Hard-wearing
  • Nice-looking
Embossing An image or pattern is pressed into a thick sheet of metal or leather using heat, pressure, or both
  • Soft and flexible
  • Heavy-duty
  • Cost-effective

Regardless of the manufacturing technique used, custom leather coasters are perfect for adding a touch of class to your home bar, living room, or office.

5 - Leather Coasters Can Be Customized to Fit Your Personal Needs

Custom leather coasters are available in almost every shape and color, making them perfect for any event, occasion, or décor style.

And because they're made from genuine leather, you can customize your coasters to fit your personal needs.

If you're looking for a brand-new set of coasters for your home bar or office break room, or if you need a new design for an upcoming event, Popov Leather can make it happen for you.

woman holding a custom leather coaster from Popov Leather
W​​oman holding a custom leather coaster from Popov Leather

Below are some of the ways custom leather coasters can be customized:

  • The size of your coasters will depend on what type of glassware they're designed to hold. For example, if they’re meant to hold wine glasses, they should be wider than coasters made for beer mugs.
  • You can choose from different shapes and colors, such as Black and Heritage Brown.
  • You can imprint your logo, a simple phrase, personal message, or an image of your choice on each coaster so that everyone knows which company made their new favorite accessory.
  • If you want something more personalized than an imprinted logo on your leather coasters, you can add custom designs, such as monograms and other patterns, to match your brand's color scheme or style.

Personalized leather coasters make great gifts for clients and employees. They're practical and show that you care about their well-being by providing them with a coaster they can use at their desks or in their home bar.

In short, custom leather coasters' ability to be personalized to individual tastes and preferences enables you to express yourself in a unique way.

Custom Leather Coasters Are an Impressive Giveaway for Your Events

When looking for a unique and impressive giveaway, you can't go wrong with custom leather coasters. They're great for any occasion—from big events and trade shows to giveaways at your next networking event or holiday party.

Use them to promote your brand and advertise your products by giving them away as thank-you gifts to customers or employees.

If you're looking for a high-quality, durable coaster that will leave a lasting impression on your customers, consider Customized Leather Coasters from Popov Leather.

We offer bulk pricing on our custom leather coasters, making them an excellent option for businesses and organizations looking for high-quality products without breaking the bank.

four color options of Popov Leather coasters
F​​our color options of Popov Leather coasters

My team of experienced designers can help you create a design that suits your brand and your budget, so you can offer your customers something unique and memorable.

“Love the story that accompanies each coaster from the unique markings to the seasonal landscapes. I can tell these are going to age well and tell more stories over time … Thank you Popov Leather.”

Jennifer K.

“We use these coasters everywhere around the house and even in the office. And even if there’s not a drink on them, I often pick them up just to feel the nice leather.”


No matter what the occasion, Popov Leather's Customized Leather Coasters will make it memorable.

Written by Ryan Popoff

Ryan Popoff is the creative mind behind Popov Leather wallets, iPhone cases, belts, watch bands and journals since 2013. With a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, my leatherworking journey began at home. I wanted to create a simple leather wallet that could fit into my front pocket and — to my delight — it was a hit with family and friends. Hopefully you love our honest, quality leather goods too! Reach out with questions.

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