Board game tables – choice of game mat. Velour or rubber?

When deciding to order a Wooden Castle game table you will be faced with a choice of game mat. You can opt for a rubber mat, which is standard, or for a small extra charge you can choose a velour mat (in either option you can choose a color from the available color palette). Choosing the best board game table mat for you depends mainly on your preferences and expectations during the game.
Below, we will briefly outline the pros and cons of each of these solutions.

Rubber mat


  • Durability: Rubber mats tend to be more durable and resistant to damage, which means they will last longer under heavy use during board games.
  • Ease of cleaning: In most cases, a damp cloth is all that is needed to wipe stains or dirt off a rubber mat.
  • Non-slip properties: The rubber surface prevents cards or board pieces from sliding around during gameplay.


Surface: Rubber mats have a different surface smoothness than velour mats, some people may not like the feel of this, or when moving cards around.

Appearance: Some people feel that rubber mats do not look as good as velour mats.

Velour mat


Look and feel: velour mats look extremely elegant and aesthetically pleasing, which is appreciated by many players

Smooth surface: The surface is nice to the touch and very smooth, making it easy to move cards or board pieces around.


Susceptibility to damage: Velour mats, compared to rubber mats, can be slightly more prone to abrasion

As you can see, there is no definite answer to which game mat is better – it all depends on your expectations and preferences.

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