Commonly Asked Questions About Charger Plates
What are charger or service plates?
Charger dish, charger plate, and service plate all refer to the same dining accoutrement - a plate designed to provide a barrier between the actual food plates and the tablecloth. They offer an interesting vertical aesthetic to the place setting and can add a dash of complementary color or a contrasting shape to bring out the aesthetic of the dinnerware. As you change courses, the chargers can be removed with the used dishware, quickly wiped clean, and returned to preserve the pristine aesthetic of your meal.
What materials are available?
KaTom carries a variety of service plates, so you can choose the ones that best complement your current place settings or create a daring new look altogether with selections from our broader dinnerware category. We offer materials ranging from stainless steel and porcelain to acrylic and plastic. As a distinguishing addition to any dining set, your charger plates should enhance your current set. If your current place settings are plastic, polypropylene chargers will add a touch of class, but if you're already serving a meal on fine china, consider using porcelain charger dishes to complement that aesthetic.
What color should I get?
Be bold with your chargers. Accent your tablecloth and dinnerware with a splash of color that complements your palette. Dinner plates cover most of the charger during the meal, leaving only the edge visible. Consider also that chargers aren't subjected to the normal damage inflicted by a good meal - no knives or forks will scratch them, and only the occasional spill will need to be scrubbed away. Delicate finishes will last much longer on a service plate than they would on a normal plate.
What quantities and shapes are available?
KaTom offers chargers in a wide range of colors, so you can find an accent that fits your setting. Most dishes are round or square, and which one you choose is entirely a matter of preference since you can find most colors in either shape. Our chargers are sold in cases of two dozen, one dozen, and, less frequently, as a set of six. Consider storage space and frequency of use when determining how many chargers you'll need.