Teach your dog to like LOVE getting onto a mat/place/station. Yes, this love, value and behavior will transfer to other mats, stations, objects, locations.
Place is a life skill meaning it is used in daily life. Place is an excellent behavior to use while you’re cooking, preparing dog’s meal, cutting treats, loading dishwasher, doing things around the home, anytime you would like your dog to “stationed” in one place, safely out of the way. It also helps to control arousal because it reinforces wait/stay.
Although place is a type of “stay”, rather than maintaining a particular position (sit, down, stand), for place the dog just needs to remain on the object/mat/station.