A Guide to Cutting Mats

Paperstone cutting mats are designed for home, studio or office. Our cutting mats have three layers - one hard layer between two softer layers - and are made from a self-healing material that re-closes after each cut. All of our cutting mats have a metric millimetre grid on one of the sides to aid measurement whilst cutting.

Three good reasons to use a cutting mat

  1. To protect the surface below the cut and prevent any damage to it
  2. To hold the item that is being cut in place
  3. To prevent damage to the cutting blade

What sizes of cutting mat are available?

  • A3
  • A2
  • A1


  • Anti-slip. The cutting mat surface needs a texture which doesn’t slip along the work surface. The materials being cut should also not slip. If the surfaces of a cutting mat are too smooth, there will be a tendency for it to slip. Cutting mats are made of a rubbery PVC-based material that “sticks” to the table top.
  • Grid. Our cutting mats have a metric millimetre grid on one side to assist with alignment. The grid, however, is for guidance and not measurement since the grid is subject to distortion over time.
  • Layers. Self-healing cutting mats usually have three layers: one hard layer between two softer ones. The soft surface allows the cutting blade to pierce it and does not dull the blade. The harder inner core prevents mat cut-through and helps keep the shape of the mat.
  • Self-healing. Self-healing means that cuts made in the cutting mat surface reclose afterwards so that the surface remains even.