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The Versatile Tile Trivet

Updated on September 27, 2011

A Decorative and Functional Tile Trivet

Most kitchens have them, but many people don't realize what they are called. Tile trivets are those small plates or stands where you set a hot pan. You may call them a hot pad or something else. We use them to protect the countertop or tabletop from the heat. Certainly there are other items used for this purpose, but a tile trivet is designed specifically for the job.

Tile trivets are small pieces of artwork in addition to functional items. They are an affordable way to accent your decor and express yourself while protecting your countertops and the surface of your furniture. They are meant to be displayed not to be hidden away in a drawer, only to be brought out and covered with a skillet.

Regardless of your decor, you should be able to find a tile trivet that complements it perfectly.

While there are a wide variety of designs offered here, if you don't find what you are looking for, remember, you can always make your own personalized tile trivet or coaster. Lower on this page are some ideas for designing and creating your own. To get you started there are even some video tutorials.

The Great Thing About a Tile Trivet

  • They keep your table tops and countertops blemish and spot free.

    These trivets will provide insulation from excessive heat and prevent moisture from dripping and condensation from reaching table tops and countertops by allowing you to set cups, mugs, pots, and pans on them rather than directly on those surfaces.

  • They clean up easily.

    Tile trivets don't stain and they will not cling to spills. Clean up involves a quick wipe with a damp cloth or perhaps a tile cleaner in extreme circumstances to stay as clean and blemish free as the day they were purchased.
  • They add beauty.

    Handpainted tiles are like small masterpieces. They come in a variety of styles, colors, and designs. Whether your decor is arts and crafts, old world regal, or modern, there's a trivet that should be the perfect match whether left on a counter or tabletop or hung on the wall.

  • They are versatile.

    Some tile trivets can be used as wall hangings or wall plaques. They may come with hardware on the back for just this purpose. Even when they don't, it's often possible to add your own hardware to accomplish the task. Thanks to their light weight, you won't even need any major hardware to hang them, just a simple nail will do. They can also be used in many cases as coasters and can even be transformed into a decorative key holder in your kitchen or entry way. (You can find tips on making them into a wall key holder here.)
  • They are affordable.

    Whether you buy one or make your own, these trivets, or a set of them, won't break your budget.

Buying Tips

Before selecting a tile trivet consider just a few things:

  • The color and design.

    This isn't a functional decision, but for many people this matters. If it didn't, they would probably just buy cardboard or cork coasters for the job. Since finding a complementary design is easy, it just makes sense to consider it in your selection.

  • Size.

    Tile trivets can be as small as 4x4" but many are 6x6". Some are as large as 8x8". You just need a trivet that is large enough to do the job you want it to do, or to fill the space you want it to fill. Small trivets are great for cups and mugs but larger ones are ideal for large pots and pans.

  • Framing.

    Some come with a metal, iron, or wood frame around them. This increases the size and weight, but can add to their appeal as well as their ability to handle a larger pot or serving dish. These frames can also make adding hardware easier to allow hanging.

  • Backing.

    Any tile trivet should come with a backing to protect your furniture and countertops. Some have a cork backing, some have felt type padding on wood, rubber feet on metal, or something similar. Some people avoid the rubber feet because tipping can occur, but this is a minimal risk.

About the Designs on This Page

The designs on this page are varied. First, we have just a few designs that are perfect for those who like a more natuical or tropical look.

In addition, there are a number of designs that are suited for a more traditional decor. We call them Old World but they range from floral designs to some that are more reminiscent of Renaissance period style paintings. They are a bit more refined and elegant.

For those with a cabin or an arts and crafts style decor, we've added some more homey choices as well. They should add a lot of charm to any room without spending a lot of money.

Finally, we've included some graphic arts designs in earth tones for a modern look. They add a splash of color to any room.

When making a purchase, be sure to note how many trivets come in the set. Some of the tile trivets on this page are sold in singles, while others come in a set of three or four.

Making Your Own Tile Trivet or Coaster

If you didn't find the trivet you want, all is not lost. There are of course others available. You can see many more here, including decorative iron framed tile trivets. However, It's also possible to make your own tile trivet or coaster. This can generally be a rather quick and easy project even for those who aren't artistic and seldom do any crafting projects.

It's possible of course, to purchase a single decorative tile, attach felt pads or a heavy felt backing with adhesive, and use the tile as a trivet or coaster without any further effort.

Another option is to purchase a trivet frame and design your own tile. You can find wood, metal, iron, and other types of trivet frames online, in ceramic, art, and craft stores. The frames generally include feet or protective pads and perhaps even hanging hardware. You just need to choose or make a tile to insert into the frame.

Designing or creating your own tile allows you to make one that is more personalized or one which has a specific design. There are a variety of ways to create your own tile. Often all of the needed materials are available through commercial crafting kits. These kits may include tiles, stamps, sanding blocks, dyes, and so forth.

Below you will find just a few of the options available. The videos will demonstrate the entire process.


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    • BevsPaper profile image

      BevsPaper 7 years ago from Central Indiana

      Really nice selection of tile trivets, I particularly liked the quilter one.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Beautiful examples of tile trivets. Just bought an new home with a ton of counter space in the kitchen...This a great piece of information---thanks...

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      thegreenerme 8 years ago

      These are beautiful! I have a couple of tile trivets in my home. They actually come in pretty useful.