We’ve all been guilty at some point or another of this scenario: You’re sitting at the dinner table with friends, family or your S.O. and your phone is blowing up with notifications from Facebook, Instagram or maybe that new Microsoft messaging app Send. Curiosity gets the best of you and you take a peek. Before you know it, you’re spending more time with your phone than with your friends. Or even worse, you spend hours (okay, maybe just 30 minutes, but it’s the thought that counts!) slaving over a beautiful dinner spread and when you sit down to eat, someone is glued to their phone.

Well, IKEA wants to stop the rudeness. SITTNING, their latest collection of dinnerware, glasses, tablecloths and more that’s launching in September 2015, includes a dinner placemat that has one very special feature.


That’s right. It’s a pocket just for your cell phone! At first glance, keeping your phone in a pocket on the table as you eat might seem more disruptive, but not if you really think about it. If it’s in the pocket on the table, that means it’s not in the pocket of your pants, which means you won’t be feeling every tiny vibration from every dang notification. But if you need to use your phone for an emergency (i.e., your latest swipe right texting you), then you’ve got easy access.


We all know it’s super rude to be on your phone throughout a meal, so unless you want your phone confiscated by Kourtney Kardashian, put it away! And who knows? You might actually the enjoy the company of your family and friends sans technology.

What do you think of IKEA’s new placemat idea? Tell us in the comments below!

(Photos via IKEA)