Which Styling Mat should I get?
Here's a helpful chart to show you the differences between our surfaces.
Can I wash my mat/mini board?
Please read carefully! We cannot be responsible for ruined mats due to instructions not being followed. Velvet and printed fabrics (marble, watercolors, etc. any fabric that says "print" in the title), and any other fabric specified as washable are machine washable and can be dried in the dryer. Some of our older fabrics other than velvets or prints are recommended to be dry cleaned since some of those fabrics can shrink. To freshen a wrinkled or heavily used mat that does not have stains on it, simply put ANY Styling Mat in the dryer on low with a wet cloth. All mini board fabrics can be washed and dried.
How long does it take to get my mat/mini board?
Allow up to 3 weeks for custom Styling Mats and Mini Boards to be made and shipped. Ready Ship Styling Mats and orders with only styling items ship in a few business days. Exceptions may be made during sales or high volume holidays and will be noted on the product descriptions.
Can I return anything I've ordered if I don't like it?
Since each Styling Mat and Mini Board is custom made, as a rule we do not offer refunds or exchanges. That said, if there is a defect with your order, we will do everything we can to remedy the situation and ensure that you are satisfied, so please reach out to us via email email@example.com. If you find a defect with your mat, please email us within 48 hours of receiving it with pictures and/or video explaining the problem. A refund or exchange will be processed if your mat is defective using the shipping address on your order, and if a mat is returned that does not actually have a defect, no refund or exchange will be given and shipping must be paid by customer to receive item back. Any return or exchange must be processed within 30 days of purchase and must be received by us in the condition the customer received it in. If you are exchanging a mat for any reason not related to defects, we must receive the mat in perfect condition. No returns or exchanges for color reasons. Vintage items are final sale and may not be returned or exchanged due to the fact that many of them are delicate and repeated shipping is not always safe. If you happen to get the wrong item, please email firstname.lastname@example.org within 48 hours of receiving your order and send photos and details so we can exchange it for you.
Can I get a Styling Mat without the base?
No. We send a base out with every purchase because they are all slightly different sizes, something that is unfortunately out of our control because we do not manufacture the bases and because all fabrics have different amounts of stretch. When multiple mats are ordered at once, we will usually send 1 base per 2 mats, so if you purchase 3 mats you receive 2 bases. Sometimes an order of multiple mats will receive a base with each mat if the fit is better that way. If an order of 2 mats are made separately at different times, each mat comes with a base because we need to make sure each mat we send out fits the base we are sending you.
Where can I see color examples?
All currently available fabrics are in the Styling Mat product listings. Keep in mind that color is completely subjective and there is no such thing as any one color since color perception is affected by many factors including digital screen differences, editing styles, camera sensors, what colors are on or around the fabric, light, and many other factors. No exchanges or returns for color reasons. Below are two examples of how color can change dramatically just from editing, and you can read more about how there is no such thing as any one color for objects in this article. You can request fabric swatches by emailing us your address email@example.com. We send swatches only of velvets since our printed fabric patterns do not show well in small swatches, and you can view photos of them in our listings.
Do you do collaborations?
We get a lot of requests for collaborations, please go here to read our collaboration policy. We do not lend out mats for free for styled shoots or any other reason.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, the price is calculated on weight and size just like our domestic shipments and will be seen on the checkout screen once your address has been entered.
Do the fabrics wrinkle?
We choose fabrics with little to no wrinkle and make the mat and mini board as tight as possible so it will lay flat. Some mats will look like a pringle when you first put it down so that you have to press on the sides to make it lay flat. Sourcing fabrics is both the hardest and most fun part of our job since these fabrics can be very difficult to come by. We only choose the most beautiful, highest quality fabrics we can find.
Does The Styling Mat come with a carrying case?
The Styling Mat does not come with a carrying case, but we do offer durable tote bags that fit both the 40x60 mat and the round mat. The base for the mats comes in a bag that is separate from The Styling Mat and is NOT a carrying case for The Styling Mat. You may also store your Styling Mat in any bag of your own, it conveniently fits into tote bags or large camera bags. The Mini Board fabric cover doubles as a carrying case for the board it comes with.
Why are Styling Mats expensive?
Styling Mats and Mini Boards are the least expensive styling surfaces on the market due to having double (and more) the styling space as any other styling surface on the market. We source high quality fabrics from an American company and manufacture The Styling Mat products in North Carolina. We do not use cheap fabrics like linen because they simply won't hold up over time and will wrinkle badly. We choose to have our products sourced and made in America because we prefer to support other local small businesses, and this means paying many times more than if we had it manufactured overseas. Our profit margins are as low as they can be since we are the manufacturers and do not have middleman markups. If you are a small business yourself, you can be proud to support multiple small American businesses through your Styling Mat purchases!
I didn't read the description of my item or I changed my mind and I want to return/exchange it, can I do that?
Please see above for our return/exchange policy on Styling Mats. For vintage and other items, please be sure to read the descriptions and look at photos on all items in full since there is very important information such as measurements in the descriptions. We strive to always include pertinent information in the listings, and do not accept returns or exchanges if a description is not read in full, multiple items were accidentally ordered, personal preference differs when item is received, or any other reason. We may make exceptions from time to time, and if an exchange is granted for any reason other than a defect or products that have broken via transport, buyer must pay all shipping costs for the exchange. Returns will not be granted for these situations, only exchanges. We will only pay shipping costs in the case of a mistake we have made, a defective product, or an item that was broken in transit. All returns and exchanges will be processed through the address on your order, no exceptions! Items must be received by us before we send new items out and must be in perfect condition. If we receive an item with any sign of wear or that has been damaged or broken by the customer, we will not be able to grant an exchange and buyer is responsible for shipping costs if they would like the item to be returned to them.