If you’re feeling cooped up right now, you’re definitely not alone. A new hobby can give you something to focus on and can offer a great way to hang out with the family. Puzzles are a lot of fun for the whole family, and for a real challenge, try one with 1000+ pieces.
Why Do You Need A Puzzle Mat?
Puzzles are a relaxing way to challenge your brain. They’re fun on your own, or with family and friends. But if you’re taking on a bigger puzzle, one with more than 1000 pieces, a puzzle mat can help you keep your puzzle organized, so you can work on it over a few days.
Puzzle mats come in a few types. In many cases, a puzzle mat is just a felt board made of adhesive material or felt treated with adhesive sprays. It also comes with a tub, to help the puzzle mat keep its shape. Many puzzle mats come with inflatable tubing, and some even come with a hand pump, to ensure you can inflate on the go.
Some puzzle mats come with storage as well as a work surface. Many include a carrying case, to make it easier to travel, and a stiff backing board, to make it easier to work with. These mats are heavier, so they don’t wrinkle up as easily. They weigh more, and tend to made of sturdier material, making transport even easier.
A List of Top 5 Best Puzzle Mats in 2021
Admittedly, MasterPieces Jumbo Puzzle Mat is pretty simplistic. The price is right, with a price point of less than $15. MasterPieces shows up on top lists thanks to its low price, and single sheet, which makes it simple to roll out and go. The material is a single sheet, 48 x 36 inches. It can store up to 3000 pieces.
Be warned, according to the reviews, the tube comes in multiple pieces and takes some practice to slot together.
Ravensburger Stow & Go
Speaking of simple. If you’re a fan of puzzles you know that Ravensburger is a respected name when it comes to puzzles. So it’s not surprising that Ravensburger also comes up with top-quality puzzle accessories too. The Stow & Go. Like the MasterPieces Jumbo Puzzle Mat, it’s simply constructed, but the Ravensburger brand name speaks for itself. Not only is it big enough for a 1500 piece puzzle, but the inflatable yellow tubing allows you to carry and store your in-progress projects with ease.
You should be aware some of the reviews warn it creases easily, so make sure to lay it flat before you roll it up.
Lavievert Jigsaw Puzzle Roll Mat
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something higher quality, without being too complex or too heavy, Lavievert Jigsaw Puzzle Roll Mat might be the answer. isn’t just about a high-quality puzzle mat that holds up to 1,000 pieces. It’s also got a handy hand pump for the inflatable tube, and a sturdy drawstring bag for a carrying case. The black color also makes it easier to spot patterns and colors in the puzzle, making it faster and more effective.
The Laviert Jigsaw Puzzle Roll Mat is a bit smaller than our other choices, but otherwise, great quality at a good price.
JigThings JigSort 1500
Next, take a look at a high-end puzzle organizing system, for serious puzzle creations. JigSort 1500 Puzzle Storage system is the most expensive we have, but also the best. They include construction boards, a rigid board to help you keep your project in place as you work. The sorting trays allow you to keep your pieces organized, so you can tackle bigger puzzles in pieces, and always know exactly where you are. Finally, it comes with a carrying case with a secure zipper, to ensure you won’t lose any paces. And you can safely transport your puzzle, and work on it on the go!
The high quality does mean the Jigsort system weighs more than most puzzle mats, so you won’t want to work with it on your lap. Once the puzzle is constructed, it can be pretty heavy.
Bits and Pieces Tilt-Up Table
Finally, last on our list is the impressive Bits and Pieces Tilt-Up Table. This is definitely one of our more expensive puzzle organizers. But it definitely has it’s perks. As well as its generous surface area, perfect for 1500-piece puzzles, it’s been treated with a non-slip felt cover. In addition, it can be unfolded into a table so you can work from anywhere, without shifting or moving your project. And speaking of shifting your project? You can angle the surface towards you easily, just by making a few adjustments. This protective cover becomes a worktop desk and a great storage device.
The only real downside to this one is the price tag. Otherwise, it gives you everything you need.
Since we’re all cooped up in the house, there’s no better time to take on a new hobby. If you’re finding yourself in the house looking for some family fun, a puzzle might be just the thing. If you’re looking for a better way to store your puzzles, look no further. We have the best selections, from the lowest price point to the high-end systems for those serious puzzle enthusiasts.