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Desk Accessories That Will Make Your Life Easier

Desk Accessories

Desk accessories come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and functions.  They can be anything from tape dispensers to letter trays but they all have one thing in common, they are made to make your life easier.  We compiled a list of the most commonly searched for categories of desk accessories to help give you some ideas and hopefully find what you are looking for. But first be sure to read the tips below before checking out these outstanding products.

5 Quick Tips To Help You Find The Right Accessories Fast

Keeping the following 5 tips in mind will help you to narrow down your search very quickly by weeding out the desk accessories which don’t work for you.

Think About Function

Probably the most important factor is function. What job do you need it to do? Maybe it’s just to make you smile on a stressful day, for some serious storage, or both. Decide first on what you need the accessory to do for you and choosing will be much easier.

Think About Your Décor

Certain colors, materials, and styles obviously go best with others.  Accessories can actually really go a long way in making your work space more attractive. So look around you and think about what would go well with your desk and work area or office.

Think About Size

Not everyone’s desk is the same size and neither is every desk accessory.  Honesty look at your space and decide what size accessories your desk can handle given what you’ve got.  You might need something to keep your things organized but that can only take up a very small amount of space or you might just prefer or need larger desk accessories. While most are made to be pretty compact anyway, being realistic about how much space you have will save time in shopping and having to return an accessory which is too big.

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Think About Yourself

Take a few minutes and think about what you like.  Your desk is a place you will most like spend at least a few hours a day if not more.  Why not choose accessories that make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and inspired.  Do you like fashionable accessories, ones that remind you of nature, or ones that are your favorite color? Everyone is different.  Thinking about what you like or what you know works for you as an individual and choosing accordingly can make you way more productive and also happier in general.

Don’t Think Too Much

Don’t be paralyzed by thinking too much about what to buy.  The majority of desk accessories, even the most expensive ones are relatively cheap. It’s not like buying a car. So don’t be afraid to make a mistake.  Make a decision and if it doesn’t work on your desk then at least it will help you to narrow down what you’re looking for even further. Plus, you could always give it to someone else in the office!

So here are the top desk accessories we found for the categories most people are looking for:

Office Desk Accessories

A Mesh Oval Supply Caddy

Every desk needs a place to keep pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, paper clips, and other small tools that are used daily.  A sturdy metal caddy makes this a cinch with multiple divided compartments that are mesh so they are easy to see through and also very attractive.  Having a spot on top of your desk which is always at arm’s length where all your necessary supplies are kept, means you’ll save time and frustration.  Another great feature is that they are so compact that they leave such a small footprint on your desk (take up so little space) which can be very important especially as the work day progresses and your desk gets even more crowded.  Very inexpensive especially for the daily value and use they provide they also are perfect for students.

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A Mesh Desk Organizer

To keep your desk clear of files, papers, folders, notebooks, binders, and books which would all take up a large amount of space on your desk top a mesh desk organizer is an easy solution. Not only will it free up space but keep these items organized too.  By using a combination of both vertical file organizers and horizontal letter storage you get the benefit of being super space efficient.  And metal mesh is sturdy enough to hold even heavy textbooks and binders.  They also can be used to store your tablet and make one of the best desk accessories for teachers who need to keep class papers separate and in order.


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Cool Desk Accessories

Quirky Cordies

Not having your cables organized can lead to annoying tangles and even damaged cables which means having to waste money purchasing new ones.  These not only keep your cables separate and damage free with their rubber grip but are also heavy enough to prevent them from falling to the floor when unplugged, which as anyone who uses any type of cables with their desk knows can be a problem they deal with daily.  The best part is you can use them with any type cables like:  power cords, USB cords, audio cables, phone chargers, internet cables, and more. You can also choose from quite a few cool looking colors too!

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A Mug Warmer

Having a hot cup of coffee or tea always on hand can be a lifesaver especially for the sleep deprived.   Not having to get up and go to the microwave or make a new cup will add up to a lot of saved time especially over the course of a few months.  This gives you more time to stay focused and on task all with an added caffeine boost of course!  All you have to do is place your mug on the warmer and it will stay just as hot or warm as when you poured it, and all day long.  A mug warmer is one of the coolest desk accessories despite the warmth it creates because it is so functional that it will be sure to get used every day. After having one many people feel like they can’t get by without it and it’s actually quite common to purchase more than one for the office and home.

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Cute Desk Accessories

A Cat Post-It Dispenser

Anyone who uses a lot of Post-It notes knows that they need a good dispenser, so why not make it a cute one?  An adorable cat like the one shown below makes for a great gift for anyone who loves cats, uses a desk daily, just appreciates cute desk accessories, or all three.  Heavy enough to stay in place when pulling out a single note, it can also double as a paperweight.  The cat will automatically hold out the top note for you to use at all times, just remember though that for it to work it requires Pop-Up Post-Its which are connected like an accordion as opposed to the traditional variety.


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A Gogroove Pet Penguin Speaker

So cute and so functional, these are also available in other delightful little creatures like koalas, owls, pandas, tigers, and polar bears.  You can use them with your computer, smart phone, tablet, mp3 player and more by simply plugging them into the headphone port.  They can be powered by USB or three AAA batteries and their LED base lets them function as a night light as well.  This means that not only are they a great desk accessory for adults but for kids also.  In fact if you do purchase one for yourself you’ll most likely end up purchasing one or more for your children as soon when they see how cute it is.  Their small size also makes them really portable and very handy for trips.


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Desk Accessories For Women

A Purse Post-It Dispenser

Any woman who loves fashion or purses will go crazy for this one.  With a crocodile print this 3” x 3” durable hard plastic dispenser is sure to please and makes an easy “go to” gift for co-workers, friends, wives, and of course yourself, if you are female.   It really looks like the real thing. Using accordion style Pop-Up Post-Its, this little dispenser will have a note conveniently ready to be used at all times and is heavy enough that it won’t move when you pull out a note and can definitely works as a paperweight if you need it to.

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A High-Heel Shoe Tape Dispenser

Available in quite a few colors and styles, this makes the perfect pair for the purse dispenser above.  It also is a gift any woman with a desk will appreciate for sure, particularly if they are a shoe fanatic.  Kids and teens also really enjoy these.  Very inexpensive, there is no reason to go for a traditional tape dispenser if you love fashion and are looking to instantly add some stylish décor to your work space.  Because they are manufactured by 3M you know they are excellent quality and will last for at least a few years. When it comes to desk accessories for women this one is hard to beat and sure to receive a ton of compliments!

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Desk Accessories For Men

The NFL Riddell Mini Speed Helmet

This 5” tall mini helmet complete with interior padding and chin strap, will make any football fan proud to show his team pride in the office.   Not to worry as they are available for all teams in the NFL.  These would work perfectly on a desk but also for office shelves, and of course the man cave at home.  And don’t forget the kids or grand kids if they are football fans.  This mini helmet is actually manufactured by Riddell who makes the full-sized helmets for the NFL which guarantees you are getting a fantastic replica in one of these.  Simply choose your team and enjoy.

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A Stress Buster Desk Top Punching Bag

Sometimes work can be extremely stressful and it feels like you just need to hit something, and now you can.  You can relieve your stress instantly with a few blows to this mini desk top punching bag.  Suction cupped to the desk it will bounce back when you hit it, so you can keep on going if you need to.  A desk top punching bag is a fun and possibly necessary desk accessory for a high stress office environment and will probably mean co-workers will be visiting you so they can have a whack also.  While typically it’s been one of the top desk accessories for men; women can enjoy this one too.  Don’t let bad meetings, obnoxious customers, or impossible deadlines ruin your day, simply release your stress on this and get back to work.

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Fun Desk Accessories

A Hand Cell Phone Holder

Losing your cell phone amongst the items on your desk is annoying! Having a cell phone holder eliminates this problem and when it uses two hands to do so it’s also fun.  These hands will hold your phone when charging or just to keep it safe. And because your phone is up off the desk and in your field of vision you will be able to clearly see who’s calling.  It can also hold any other hand held device or even business cards.  This holder can work for both men and women, kids and teens, and is heavy enough to work double duty as a paperweight too.

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A Mini Trash And Recycle Can Set

When normal organizers seem a little boring you can always opt for fun desk accessories like these.  Able to hold all your pens, pencils, and small items you use daily, these cute cans even have lids and wheels.  Whether for adults or kids they are a fun option and a nice change from the ordinary.  Many people even use them to throw away small items and scraps or they could be used with kids doll houses and garbage truck toys as well.  Regardless of what you choose to use them for they will always be a conversation starter because they are just so fun and useful.

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Modern Desk Accessories

A Dimmable LED Desk Lamp

This #1 best-selling lamp looks amazingly sleek and modern.  At the same time it uses 75% less energy than an incandescent lamp which equals savings in electricity, and the bulb’s lifespan is 25 years.    With 5 levels of brightness and 4 lighting modes: reading, study, relax, and sleep, it is engineered to provide the perfect amount and type of light for each activity. It even has an auto-timer and USB charging port so you can charge other devices. The compact foldable body has a wide range of motion and will take up very little desk space which enables you to use it even in tight spots.  All of these features also make it a very popular bedside lamp as well and an overall excellent buy.

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A Rolodex Laptop Stand

Modern desk accessories are often simple in design and so is this one.   It works without a fan to keep your laptop cool with its ventilated fine gauge metal mesh platform.  Because you can adjust it to many different angles it can help prevent neck fatigue and allow you to see your keyboard much more clearly.  This also means you can adjust it to a setting that is much more comfortable for you when typing as opposed to having your laptop flat on the table which many times can cause wrist pain,  while also keeping your laptop much cooler in the process. Rolodex always makes fantastic quality products that are made to last and this no exception.

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A Clear Acrylic Desk Top Organizer

Clear acrylic can make for some remarkably lovely organizers if they are heavy duty and thick like the one shown below.  Being clear really makes them appealing because it’s possible to instantly see the items inside and know where they are, no looking around and shuffling things about is needed.  For this reason acrylic makeup storage containers are unbelievably popular, and this organizer can be used for makeup too!  While most often it is used on the desk to keep tablets, phones, books, magazines, papers, pens, pencils, and phones many people use it in the kitchen, bedroom, and even bathroom to store any number of things such as remotes, makeup, eyeglasses, and unpaid bills. This one also saves quite a decent amount of space wherever it is used because the storage is vertical.


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An Acrylic Double Letter Tray

Another acrylic option is a double letter tray.  Why use one? Because it can match any décor, looks very high end and functions to keep your paperwork in order.  The one shown below manufactured by Kantek is thick and tough. It also has non-skid feet to keep it firmly in place and can be both stacked and used as two separate trays for whatever your individual needs require. Like all acrylic desk accessories it provides the looks but in a simple way.

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Unique Desk Accessories

A Desk Top Aquarium

You won’t need to leave your desk anymore to relax with a desk top aquarium.  Instead your work space will be transformed into a place of natural beauty.  Not only will the sounds of the water soothe you but you can work in view of your underwater pets at all times.  The Tetra Crescent Aquarium kit shown below comes in both three and five gallon sizes.  It includes everything you need to get started like 16 LED lights and a Micro Whisper Filter.  With a curved front you’ll have a panoramic view of your underwater world all day long.


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A Fanimation Retro Desk Fan

While standard desk fans are hardly unique desk accessories, retro ones are.  And really high quality ones like the model made by Fanimation are even more so.  This fan is not only a work of art for your desk, office space, or home but a very high quality machine that will keep you cool for years to come. Because the craftsmanship is so outstanding and it so closely exemplifies Art Deco style you will be asked many times if it is actually from the 1940’s.  Available in both bronze or matte white it has 3 speeds, oscillates, and can be wall mounted for further convenience.

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Pink Desk Accessories

A Pink Calculator

Everything is cuter in pink and that means calculators too.  It’s actually pretty remarkable how the color of any ordinary desk accessory can change its appeal,  and the pink calculator below is a perfect example.  It’s adorable and really works to add a girly feel or a much needed dash of color to any space.  Kids and teens particularly love these and they always look amazing when used in children’s bedrooms that also have pink bedding or other pink decor.  You can’t go wrong with big keys, a bold color, and a display that is easy to read.

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A Pink Plastic Storage Clipboard

Some jobs require the use of a clipboard, so why not make it a pink one?  One with storage will open up to give you a place to keep extra papers, writing tools, tablets, and can definitely hold a lot despite their slim profile.  Purchasing a pink model also means you won’t have to worry about your clipboard being confused with someone else’s.  It will save time, keep your documents items safe, clean, and of course organized.   From young children using them to draw and keep colored pencils and crayons to professionals using them daily in a work setting pink plastic storage clipboards are a winner.

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Gold Desk Accessories

A Set Of 6 Kate Spade Gold Dot File Folders

Talk about stylish.  There is no other color that exudes class as does gold and these folders look extra luxurious.  Why not have your files and papers look great and stay organized at the same time.  These Kate Spade folders will really add a sense of elegance to your desk and that makes them a superb gift idea for anyone who appreciates fancy looking desk accessories.  But they are not all looks as they are very durable too.  If you prefer another design Kate Spade also makes these folders with gold stripes instead of dots.


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A Kate Spade Acrylic Gold Letter/Paper Tray

Kate Spade makes some really attractive looking gold desk accessories and this is another one.  Heavy cast acrylic makes for an extra durable product and when mixed with a little gold color it really looks fabulous.  It has non-skid feet to keep it firmly in place on your desk top while adding an elegant touch that no other standard tray can match.  To go along with this tray and the folders above Kate Spade also offers a gold: stapler, tape dispenser, paper clips, and pencil cup.

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Purple Desk Accessories

A Purple Gel Mouse Pad With A Wrist Rest

There is nothing worse than dealing with the wrist pain from using your mouse and knowing you still have tons of work on the computer to do.  Using a mouse pad with a wrist rest will help prevent the problem before it starts, and is much more comfortable too.  Whether you work on the computer all day or just occasionally, you might as well do so with your hand in a relaxing position, and you definitely need to if you already are suffering from wrist pain.  An added benefit is the mouse pad is made from gel which means you won’t have to worry about peeling fabric and it’s a cinch to  clean because it is both water and stain resistant.  And the fact that it’s purple is not only visually appealing but will add a splash of color and style to your work area.

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A Purple Stand Up Stapler

The top purple desk accessories are functional along with attractive and this one certainly is both.  Not only does it stand upright using less space on your desk but it is also 70% easier to use than a traditional stapler which equals less stress on the hands if you are doing a lot of stapling.   It can staple up to 15 sheets with one easy squeeze yet it is small enough that it can fit into any size hand.  You can also choose from green, blue, or black and gray.  This light yet powerful stapler really makes stapling effortless because it is spring powered.

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Executive Desk Accessories

A Mahogany Desk Organizer

Executive desks are all about being top of the line and remarkably elegant which means that the desk accessories that go with them need to be as well.  If you have a mahogany executive desk this is for you.  A high end desk demands an organizer which can complement its beauty and this will do so, adding to the look of your desk and office while keeping your pens, pencils, papers, and other small items neatly contained and close by for easy access.  A wooden organizer like this one portrays a look of professionalism and class.


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A Bonded Leather 6 Piece Desk Set  

Virtually everyone who owns an executive desk will also use a desk pad to protect it and make writing more comfortable.  This usually means purchasing one made from leather, as leather desk accessories always go particularly well with the luxurious look of these desks.  However instead of purchasing one individually you will often find sets available which not only include a leather desk pad but every item you need to keep you organized as well.  Sets are often the smartest option when it comes to use with an executive desk as if you were to mix and match different desk accessories from different brands and materials you would most likely take away from the look of the desk. You are far better off with a leather set as opposed to purchasing individually as you will be confident that each piece will match each other and be sure to go with your desk as well.  A bonded leather 6 piece set like the one shown below will include such executive desk accessories as: a desk pad, pencil cup, memo holder, letter tray, business card holder, and letter opener all made with leather.   

Desk AccessoriesFunny Desk Accessories

The Butt Station

Funny desk accessories always make great gifts for friends and co-workers.  The Butt Station is the perfect way to keep your desk top in order while making you smile.  The sculpted person is sitting on a toilet seat which is funny by itself but what makes it even more so is how he keeps your desk accessories for you.  As he uses his mouth to bite down and hold your pen, his hands are holding a roll of tape (his toilet paper) and his feet serve as the tape cutter.  His butt is actually magnetic and in the toilet bowl itself is a space to keep paperclips, which will automatically stick to his bottom for easy grabbing when you lift him up.  And, the back of the toilet keeps extra pens and a notepad handy.  If that’s not a funny yet yet functional desk accessory I don’t know what is!

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A Prescription Coffee Mug

Many people would actually consider their coffee mug their most important desk accessory of all.  This mug is shaped like a prescription bottle.  And what do you think the prescription is for? Coffee of course, and it even includes the dosage you need to take and all the other important details.  Microwave and dishwasher safe this cup holds a full twelve ounces of black gold and is guaranteed to make any coffee drinker happy. As you could imagine these are always a big hit with anyone who works in a pharmacy or doctor’s office as well and can be used to hold pens and pencils too.

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Personalized Desk Accessories

A Rosewood Personalized Desk Name Plate

Rosewood is known worldwide for its handsome dark color and highly grained look.  That makes it an impeccable choice for luxurious looking wood products and perfect for use on a desk name plate like this one.  There is no better way to make your desk unique than with your own name. And of course it makes you and your desk look really professional.  A name plate like this one would also really work with an executive desk.   If you need to buy a gift for someone who is hard to shop for here is your answer.

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A Laser Cut Acrylic Personalized Desk Name Plate

Another option as opposed to a more traditional wooden name plate is an acrylic one.  Precision cut with a laser these can portray a very clean modern look.  Because they are clear they also work with any desk material and style office.  And acrylic makes for a tough material that won’t shatter like glass and looks just as upscale.  One of these could work just as well for a younger person right out of college as it could for the CEO of the company, as its simplicity adds to its appeal making it gorgeous yet not over the top.

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As you can see there is a huge variety when it comes to the many types, styles, and colors of desk accessories. Whether it’s to help you relax, for some serious organizing, or because it’s your favorite color, there are accessories for every need.  A little shopping around and keeping the 5 tips mentioned earlier in mind can go a long way to making your desk a fun and neat place to work or study every day!

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The Desk Fan Resource Guide

Desk Fan

Desk fans are normally fans that are small and portable.  These two features allow them to fit on top of a desk without causing too much clutter and at the same time make them easy to move and put away if needed.  They are ideal for both office and home use during the summer months.  Not only can they help to keep your electric bill down when working or relaxing at home, but will make sure you’re cool and comfortable when in the office regardless of if there is air conditioning or not.  If you are hot and sweaty there is no way you can be your most productive. The many desk fan options available can help you deal with that problem and at a temperature which is just right for you.

Questions To Keep In Mind When Shopping For A Desk Fan

What Are You Going To Use It For?

Each type of desk fan has its own advantages and functions for which it really shines.  Deciding first what purpose your desk fan will serve will help you to quickly eliminate options that don’t fit what you need.  Are you looking for something to cool down an entire room? Just you at your desk? Keep your electronics from getting too hot?  Are you going to travel with it?  Do you want a fan that will add to your home décor?  Thinking about what you want your fan to do first will save you from wasting money on a fan that doesn’t fit your needs.

How Much Space Do You Have?

While all desk fans are considered small, some are much smaller than others.  Realistically look at the space you will be using it and decide on a desk fan that will fit.  A 12” desk fan might be perfect for your nightstand but be too big for your cramped workspace for example.  So when you know what you want your fan to accomplish then look at your space and you will be able to further narrow down your choices.

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How Much Sound Do You Want It To Make?

Do you prefer a silent desk fan?  A quiet desk fan?  Or something in-between?  Many people purchase a desk fan obviously to keep cool, but also to help them concentrate.  A fan which can produce enough sound to block out the noise of voices, footsteps, etc. might really help you to be able to do so.   Many people find that the constant, monotonous, sound of the fan blades themselves also really improve their focus.  Yet, there are others who may find this distracting and also don’t want to bother their coworkers if they are working in close quarters.  There are many ultra quiet choices for you if this is the case so don’t worry.    Another way to go could be to purchase a desk fan which makes a moderate amount of sound, which is not enough to be distracting but also helps to block out background noise as well.  Or the sound it makes might not be a consideration for you, you might not care at all, but it’s a good thing to ask yourself.

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2 of the Best Desk Fan Features to Look For

With a ton of choices in size, style, and functions there are two features in particular which are almost always helpful.  Being light in weight will make a desk fan easy to deal with.  This means easy to carry, reposition, transport, and less damage done (hopefully) if it should happen to fall.  A longer cord can also be very convenient as you won’t have to worry about purchasing a fan only to realize your desk is too far away from the plug.  What happens if you move your desk?  An extension cord is not always an option and can sometimes be a safety hazard.   A longer cord can save a ton of frustration. While both are not a necessity by any means, they do make things a lot easier when purchasing a desk fan.

The Best Desk Fan Options

Whether you are looking for something more traditional, modern, big or small, there is a desk fan for every space and function.  Here are the top choices:

A Desk Fan / Table Fan

A standard type desk fan looks similar to a pedestal fan but shorter, smaller, and will normally have blades which can range in size from 6”-12” inches in diameter that are made from metal or plastic.  They almost always use a standard electrical cord as they require more power than smaller desk options.  Sometimes they are referred to as table fans and will typically have at least three speeds and some have more.   Fans in this group oscillate so they can keep quite a decent sized area cool.

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Unlike desk fans in the past today many have features such as a remote, LED lights, and can tilt to a wide range of angles.   Desk fans can be used in any room of the house and on any flat surface, table, or desk.  In fact many people purchase them for their bedrooms not only to keep them cool at night but to help block out noise.   Some models can really move quite a bit of air which means you won’t have to use your air conditioning as much if you are in a smaller room.

A High Velocity Desk Fan / Air Circulator

A more powerful option is a high velocity desk fan.  These are also sometimes advertised as air circulators because they can function very well to circulate air throughout a room.  Many can also be adjusted to distribute air at virtually any angle even straight up and even more than sixty feet away.  A high velocity desk fan can also really cool down an entire room on a hot day or be used in conjunction with air conditioning to circulate the cool air which can make a surprising impact. While some are a little too large to be used on small desks, they are extremely popular with people willing to pay a little more than the cost of standard type fans for the extra power and cooling effect.  If you work in an office environment that is hot, humid, or needs circulation one of these is the best answer.

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Your work mates will thank you as they are definitely powerful enough to cool down a much larger area than other fan types and are very quiet despite their strength.  On the higher speeds some can help to produce some white noise if you need it to concentrate or many people even use one on a night stand, table, or desk near their bed to help them sleep.  Top models will often have up to four speeds, a remote, and timer.  The most well-known and trusted brands in this category are Ozeri, Vornado, and Honeywell.  Ozeri high velocity desk fans are considered outstanding and are famous for their ability to oscillate while moving vertically at the same time (dual oscillation).

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A Personal Air Circulator is another way to go if you are looking for power in an even smaller package.  Buying one of these will really make sure you’re comfy and many like the one shown below can actually cool down a small room by themselves.  They are cheaper, smaller, and depending on your situation, often more than enough fan for a desk, cubicle, or small office space that will easily fit even in a tight spot.

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A Tower Desk Fan

If you have a limited amount of space but really need to stay cool a tower desk fan can be a lifesaver. These get their name from their vertical body that is similar in shape to a tower.  They are actually also sometimes referred to as mini tower fans as they really are a smaller version of full size tower fans that are used to stand on the floor.  Normally they are anywhere between 11”-14” tall. The main advantage of this type of fan is their slim design which will take up only a very small amount of desk space.

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This can be particularly convenient when oscillating because unlike standard type desk fans with a round face they don’t need to take up any more room to do so.  While some will twist on their base, others have a pivoting top nodule also called a twist top.  Some even have two pivoting nodules which can distribute air in opposite directions at the same time.  Tower desk fans are also more efficient in when it comes to air flow than many other types of fans and are very quiet.   Some models are even silent.   Another reason many consumers choose one of these over other varieties is their sleek design which can come off as much more luxurious looking which many also find more visually appealing in an office or professional environment.  A typical model will have at least two speeds and many come with extras such as a timer, easy to carry handle, and even a remote.


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A Retro Desk Fan / Vintage Desk Fan

A different option and one that is often unfortunately overlooked by many people is a retro desk fan or sometimes called a vintage desk fan, whichever you prefer.  These can be a fantastic choice for someone looking to add vintage style or just a classy looking and extremely functional desk accessory to their work space. The best part is you get the retro look but all the technology of today.  Many of these are actually made by companies who have been manufacturing fans for more than a century!

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And of course they have a guard that does not allow fingers (especially those of young children) to get through to the metal blade, as many fans in the past did not,  which makes them very safe to use as well.  Unlike other types of desk fans these are heavier, usually around nine or ten pounds as they are meant to be sturdy, strong, and reliable.  And while you will pay more money for a retro desk fan, don’t forget that they are meant to be like a work of art, adding to the style of your office or home work space. Luckily there are quite a few different styles and finishes to choose from.  Most are made from all metal construction and many are available in bronze, nickel, and chrome finishes.  But many companies offer a variety of other color options to match your existing decor also.  There are even a few really small inexpensive plastic retro desk fans that use a USB.

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A Bladeless Desk Fan

The most hi-tech way to go is a bladeless desk fan.  Instead of using normal fan blades these draw air in, and then accelerate it through an aperture.  This acceleration works to cool the air which is then dispersed into the room much more smoothly and quietly than using a fan with blades.  Bladeless fans can be very attractive as they really portray a modern look and even one that is futuristic.  They also are perfect for someone who does not want the inconvenience of having to have to clean their fan blades, as these don’t have any, and are looking for something extremely energy efficient.

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An added plus is that a bladeless desk fan will always also be a guaranteed conversation piece.   While there are quite a few very small and very cheap options, the vast majority of these are not worth it. You are much better off going with a good brand.  Dyson is the most well-known and trusted as they have some top-notch options particularly in their Air Multiplier line. But, you will have to pay for that quality.  Not too worry if you don’t want to shell out too much cash, brands like Airso can be found for about half the price and are very well-rated.


A Mini Desk Fan 

Many times a small desk fan is all you need, or you just don’t have room for a larger one.  If that is the case a mini desk fan is ideal.  With the average size being 6” and smaller, you will be able to fit one even in a very tight space.  Mini desk fans are cheap, small, and don’t require much power to run.  They are meant to keep you cool when placed close to you on a desk or table top however they are not fans which are meant to keep an entire small office space or room cool.  This is why they are also called personal fans.  If you are sitting within a few feet and have it aimed at you, expect a nice cool breeze.

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Don’t expect one to oscillate or have many speeds; most just have one or two.  A mini desk fan is small so that means portable and easy to take with you on trips or set up in all types of places.  While some use an electric cord, others use a USB, and some are battery powered.  Most of the time they are constructed from all metal, plastic, or a combination of both.  There are also many shapes and styles to choose from, even ones that have clip on bases and some even have cloth blades like the one pictured below. Mini desk fans are also a cheap and easy way to keep electronics cool and by doing so prolong their life.

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A USB Desk Fan

No longer are the days when you need to plug your fan into the wall or power strip. Now there are many desk fan options that plug right into any USB port instead.  This makes it possible for your fan to be powered by your computer or laptop and will allow you to use it wherever you use them such as in a coffee shop, library, virtually anywhere.  Some even come with additional USB ports so you can charge other devices too. These fans are generally smaller and it is their smaller size which allows them to use less power. Many are what are called mini desk fans and they come in all types, even bladeless.

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Because they are smaller and require less power many are silent as well.  Just remember if you are going to be plugging yours into the back of a computer which is below your desk as opposed to a laptop or tablet make sure you buy one with a long cord.   While you can find many super cheap fans of this type for only a few dollars you are much better off spending a few bucks more and purchasing one from a reputable brand which won’t cost that much more at all, and will save you from having to buy another one when you realize how inferior it really is. The Arctic Freeze fan shown below can often be found for under $20, is very reliable, and an all-around fantastic buy.


A Clip On Desk Fan                                                                                                                           

Unlike other fans which use a base to stand, a clip on desk fan uses a clip to firmly attach to your desk. The main advantages of choosing one of these are that they are inexpensive, compact, and extremely versatile.  You can find top quality brands that will last for years for under thirty dollars and sometimes even fewer than twenty.  It’s worth the extra few dollars purchasing from a reputable manufacturer not only to get a good machine but also for the strong clip.

For the most part, the majority of clip on desk fans have fan blades of around 5”- 6” in diameter.  Most do not oscillate (rotate) but you can definitely find some models that do if that is what you need.  While some have only one speed the better brands will have two.    You will also have a choice of power sources as well.  Most use electric cords but there are also USB and battery powered models.

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Tower style clip on desk fans are yet another choice.  They provide a slimmer design than traditional round-shaped fans andmany people also find them more attractive and sleek-looking too!  A tower style clip on fan usually is more efficient than other styles and you can adjust it to work vertically, horizontally, or somewhere in-between for whatever your unique desk space requirements are.

One extremely popular option in this category are clip on fans with adjustable necks and foam blades.  Their flexible necks allow for even greater versatility in terms of adjusting them and where you can clip them. The soft foam blades don’t need to be enclosed as they are totally safe. In fact they are so safe that many moms choose to use them with their babies and they can even attach to strollers.  Typically these are cheaper and more portable than your standard clip on desk fan but usually only have one speed setting and don’t oscillate.  It just depends what you are looking for.

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Their small size and ability to clip-on a variety of objects not only your desk, really makes a clip on desk fan regardless of the style, an excellent choice especially for someone who does not have a lot of space available.  A clip on desk fan can also be attached to shelving and cabinets above your desk or even chairs to save even more room.   Some people even like to put one under their desk and even a nail in a wall can often be enough of a platform to clip one onto if your have nowhere else to do so.

Other than at the desk these versatile little fans really can work just about anywhere.  They are often used to keep electronics cool, circulate air, keep small areas like bathrooms and closets at a comfortable temperature, on treadmills, in dorm rooms, cubicles, and are fantastic on boats where a fan with a base would have major problems.

Clip on desk fans can also really help to prevent arguments between roommates and couples over temperature because they can easily be used near the bed for someone who likes it cooler than others. Some people even use them to circulate air for plants like orchids. And because they are so light-weight and portable they can also be brought outside for use on patio tables, porches, and outdoor bars.   Really the options are only limited by your own creativity!Desk Fan

A very helpful feature to look for is rubber teeth on the clip which will give it extra gripping power and protect your desk at the same time.  Another convenient one which isn’t necessary but nice to have is a removable base. This allows your desk fan be clipped on or used with a base instead depending your situation.

There so many options that there really is no excuse to stay cool while at your desk. Decide on what you will use it for, how much space you have, and how much sound you want it to make, and you will be well on your way to being more comfortable and more productive.  Best of all you’ll finally be able to do so at a temperature that is to your own choosing.

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Desk Pads For Comfort And Protection

Desk Pads

In the past people realized that writing on a hard desk surface especially when using fountain pens, was not the best way to go.  The desk pad was invented to provide the flat smooth surface needed to write on, and also a barrier from the ink which could spill and soak into the desk itself.  Desk pads could soak up this ink and were very comfortable to write on. For these reasons they are sometimes still referred to as a desk writing pad or a desk blotter pad.  They worked so well that when we started using ball point pens and even computers, desk pads were not abandoned and still are the best option for your desk top today.

Why Should You Use A Desk Pad?

Protect Your Desk

Whether you have an expensive desk or not you need to protect it from the hazards of daily work.  Scratches, stains, and heat damage from computers can ruin a gorgeous desk and instantly turn it from a place of inspiration into an eyesore.  You are much better off playing it safe with a desk pad.  This can be particularly true if there are young children using it.

Desk Pads-A Comfortable Writing Surface

The best spaces for in regard to both productivity and creativity are ones which are comfortable.  A desk pad will provide a writing surface which is flat and comfy.  This can reduce fatigue, common writing annoyances which will equal better work and results when at your desk.

-Stylish Colors and Materials To Complement Any Desk Space

Regardless of the style of office or desk you have you will be sure to find a pad which will look fantastic with it and even add possibly accent it as well.  There are many materials and styles to choose from each in their own colors and with their own advantages to make sure your desk space looks its best while being protected and being comfortable to use.

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-Sizes For Every Desk

There is a large range of sizes available to fit every desk.  Pads are rectangular in shape and can range from about 12” x 17” all the way up to 35” x 71” for a very large desk pad.  Pads that are 19” x 24” are probably the most common, but sizes really are determined by the brand and that means there are a ton of them.

The Many Types Of Desk Pads

There are quite a few different types of pads to choose from all made to perform a specific job:

Standard Type Desk Pad

While there are many varieties to choose from, what most people consider to be a standard desk pad is one made from synthetic materials . These are the most popular option as they are inexpensive and their simplicity can be very attractive.  The majority of desk pads in this group are black in color but some manufacturers also offer quite a few others colors to choose from, even pink.  They will have an anti-slip backing such as felt or an anti-skid micro-foam, to keep the pad from shifting or sliding when in use, which is also soft so that it will not damage the desk underneath. One of the biggest benefits of this type of pad is that it is easy to clean, only needing a quick wipe down with a cloth and household cleaner like Windex.  This can be very important especially if you eat or drink coffee at your desk.

Desk PadsThis type of pad is extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of things. They do provide a comfy and soft writing surface, but many people also choose to use them to protect their desks and tables not only from being scratched when writing but from computers as well (from the heat and being scratched).  Smaller desk pads can be used under a keyboard and as a mouse pad, while larger ones can be used under laptops and computer monitors their keyboards and still provide space for writing as well.

Desk Pads

The best desk pads will have a non-glare surface, like ones with a dull matte finish so that light will not be reflected from desk lamps or other lights which can be incredibly distracting and annoying when trying to work.  They will also self-heal so that there are no writing imprints or nicks left on the pad after using it. Another feature of many of the better brands which has become quite popular is the use of antimicrobial properties such as Microbran which will protect your desk pad from bacteria, mold, and mildew which in turn prevents odors, deterioration, staining, and keeps it cleaner.  Synthetic or faux- leather desk pad can be an upscale looking choice that is cheaper than real leather and easier to clean.

Clear desk pad/transparent desk pad

If you are looking for a pad but do not want one which is opaque or solid-colored a clear desk pad also called a transparent desk pad is perfect for the job.  Most people decide on one of these if they want to place photos, cards, or pictures that they can see under their pad while working.  They also are an option for someone who has a really attractive desk or table that they want to protect yet still be able to see or have a pad which does not interfere with other colors in the office.

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Clear desk pads should have a non-glare surface and will have a non-slip back as well. This type of pad is usually made from polycarbonate, PVC, or recycled PET.  When purchasing a transparent desk pad if you want one that is 100% see- through make sure it says that it is advertised as crystal-clear or you at least see a picture of the product because some are actually translucent not transparent.  Some people like translucent pads, it’s up to your own taste, and both can look amazing.

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Curved Desk Pad

Yet another take on this wonderful desk accessory is the curved desk pad.  As opposed to having four straight edges like other pads, these will have one which is curved. That curve is formed by a pencil ledge often made from wood that can hold pens, pencils, or other writing or drawing tools.  This curve, especially when made from wood can add a sense of style, and work to accent your desk or other décor in the room.  It’s just another good-looking option.

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Leather desk pad/ desk pad leather

Perhaps the most attractive and luxurious looking choice is a leather desk pad.  These may also be called or marketed as an executive desk pad.  You can usually find these in gorgeous browns and blacks that are ideal for any formal looking desk or anyone who just loved the look and feel that only quality top-grain leather can bring.  A leather desk pad is a simple yet very functional way to add sense elegance to any office space. The vast majority will have a felt backing and side rails which allow for blotter paper, a calendar, or just used to store something like business cards.  Some even have side rails made from attractive woods like walnut.  Like other pads they can be used under computer monitors, laptops, for writing and more.

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Custom desk pad

For those looking for a pad that is a little different there are always custom desk pads as well.  This type of pad is normally made from rubber and functions like a typical desk pad but has is designed with custom images.  Many times this means popular cartoons, along with game and anime characters, and scenes.  Custom desk pads can be quite thick which is good news for someone who wants to add some personal flavor to their works space but also like to rest their wrists very comfortably.  Some of the colors on the top-end pads are really stunning.

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Desk pad calendar/desk calendar pad/desk pad calendars/weekly desk pad

A little different than the other types available a desk calendar pad is a large calendar which functions as a pad.  Using one means protecting your desk and keeping organized at the same time.  You can take notes, schedule in appointments or plans, and of course use it as a pad under whatever else you need to write one.  A desk pad calendar will show each month on its own page and typically the upcoming months for the rest of the year much smaller on the bottom.  The better brands will allow you to tuck the pages in so that they are protected.  Unlike other desk pads these don’t have an anti-slip backing and because they are paper you must be careful with your beverages, food, and of course sauce when eating near your desk as they will be sure to leave stains. If you write with too much force it will also probably leave an impression in the calendar underneath.  That being said desk pad calendars are super convenient.

Desk Pads

There’s no reason to own a desk if your not going to be comfortable writing on it.  A desk pad will give you the comfort you need which can mean less fatigue and higher productivity. It will also protect your desk while doing so. With stylish colors and sizes to fit every work space, desk pads make life easy.

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