Best Desk Accessories of 2018

Best Desk Accessories of 2018 – Make Your Office Awesome

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The work desk will be your hub for the duration of the day. It is where you will be spending most of your time during the week. That being said, I believe it is important to make sure that your work desk offers comfort, convenience, and a way to relax your nerves. So, I took it upon myself to find the best desk accessories on the market today. I based these choices on personal experience as well as overall consumer feedback on the products.

All of these product selections are more than just products that are hype, but will add AWESOMENESS to your office.

If you wish to make your work area, specifically your desk, into a highly convenient and comfortable place then I suggest you take a look at these desk accessories.

This list will be covering a wide range of desk accessory products and are in no specific order. Basically, the prerequisite to get into this list is how helpful the product will be in conjunction with your work or home desk space.

Native Union Dock+ for iPhone and iPad

Declutter your workspace with a smartphone docking station. The Native Union Dock+ is compatible with iPhone 5 models and above, as well as various Apple products. The sleek minimalist design is perfect for those who prefer practicality over glamour. It is made of aircraft quality aluminum and premium silicone material for a nice combination of lightweight and durability.

A Needed Tool For Your Desk

It props up your iPhone or iPad at a nice angle that allows you to view incoming messages and calls without the need to take it off the docking station. The Native Union Dock+ also comes with a color-specific lightning cable for optimum convenience.

I am also pleased that the docking station is designed to support iPhones and iPads that use a protective case.

Having a docking station for your smartphone definitely delivers that futuristic vibe to your desk. It also eliminates the problem of entangled USB cables. I highly recommend you get yourself a nice smartphone docking station for your desk, for iPhone users, the Native Union Dock+ is a good product that you should check out.

Pros:

  • Sturdy construction.
  • Stable and sleek design.
  • Pairs up perfectly with Apple gadgets, aesthetic-wise.

Cons:

  • Removing your iPhone will be a two-hand process due to the docking station connector being quite tight.

Huanuo Full Motion Dual Monitor Arm Mount for 15” to 27” LCD Screens

HUANUO TV Stand Mount

For those who work in front of their computers for most of the day, I would suggest you get yourself a monitor arm mount for your desk. A monitor mount will fix posture problems as well as neck and back pains.

A monitor mount not only helps you adjust your monitor to your liking, it also frees up more space on your desk.

As you can completely adjust the height and position of your monitor, you can optimize productivity, improve posture, and prevent glares from distracting you from your work. You can get either the solo or dual monitor arm mount, depending on whether you work with one or two desktop monitors.

The monitor arm mount is designed to be compact which makes it ideal for medium to the small workspace.

Make Space

I actually shifted to a monitor arm mount for my homework desk. I have a pretty small table and by utilizing the monitor mount arm, I managed to declutter my desk. The Huanuo also comes with a built-in cable system which allows you to keep cables tidy and hidden from view.

Making sure that you work desk is neat and organized is one way to help improve your productivity. A monitor arm mount is one remarkable accessory to re-invent your desk into a more well-organized workspace.

Pros:

  • Easy to install and set-up (took me under 30 minutes to set up the whole rig.).
  • You can easily adjust your monitor to various configurations.
  • Pleasing modern aesthetics.
  • Desk attachment is stable.

Cons:

  • The tension adjuster can be a little sensitive. You might need a bit of time to find the sweet spot.

Leatherology Desk Accessories Set


Deluxe Desk Accessories Set

This desk accessories set infuses your desk with a level of sophistication that can only be achieved with high-quality full grain leather.

This set comes with a mouse pad, pen cup, and a desk pad. All accessories are lined with microsuede to help cushion your desk and prevent any scratches.

This can be a great gift for those who have just landed their first job. The leather desk pad is easy to clean and looks incredibly nice on the desk. The mouse pad offers smooth and seamless use of your mouse. The pen cup is a nice addition to help you further organize your desk as well.

The Leatherology Desk Accessories set also comes in a variety of shades, all of which use premium quality leather for comfort and durability. If you want to give your desk a more professional feel or if you love anything that has leather, this desk accessory is a great choice to have.

Pros:

  • Elegant and packaged nicely.
  • High-quality full grain leather looks nice and is quite sturdy.
  • Also makes for a great gift.

Cons:

  • None to mention.

Vector Cup Holder


Vector Cup Holder / Vector Drink Holder

As a person who usually spends my day in front of the computer, sometimes I find myself needing a quick cup of joe every once in a while. The problem with that is the fact that liquid and technology don’t mix.

If you are paranoid about accidentally spilling your drink all over your $1,000+ computer rig, I suggest you get yourself a desk cup holder.

The Vector Cup Holder can support liquid containers like mugs, cups, water bottles, and soda cans. Basically, anything with a 3-inch diameter will fit nicely into the Vector Cup Holder. The clam system bites down on the side of the desk and stays there. This system also means it is extremely easy to set up. The lightweight and compact design of the Vector Cup Holder also means you can bring it anywhere you, please. It can attach to almost all kinds of tables, trays, and even chair arms.


Desk Cup Holder

It is made of high-quality aluminum and is TSA approved so you can bring this with you on the airplane. As for the weight capacity, it can easily support 1.5 lbs. without any issues. The spring used in this cup holder is impressively strong. As for the design of the cup holder, it comes in a silver aluminum finish and should fit in well with most desk colors.

Pros:

  • Clamps down neatly on the table without causing any scratches.
  • Can support up to 30-ounce cups.
  • Can be used almost everywhere.

Cons:

  • The edges are a bit sharp

Bojin Newton’s Cradle

Newton's Cradle Balance Ball Science Puzzle Desk Toy

It was only a matter of time before the Newton’s Cradle makes an appearance here. This has been a staple accessory for most work desks for decades. The main reason why this became a popular display on work desks is its calming properties. The frequency and steady swinging and clicking of the metal balls help calm your mind.

Plus, it is always neat to just play with it for a while to help center your frame of thought. I personally have this on my desk to help me focus and enter a calm state when needed. Putting together the Newton’s Cradle is as simple as they come.

Pros:

  • Can maintain motion of up to 25 seconds.
  • Well-made and feels sturdy.
  • A good stress reliever.
  • A good balance in weight.

Cons:

  • Metal seems to be a bit thin for the steel balls. Handle with care.

MoMa Large Perpetual Calendar

MoMA Perpetual Calender, Red and Black

Rather than using and replacing your standard calendar every year, why not go for the Perpetual Calendar instead?

The MoMa Large Perpetual Calendar is both a practical and artistic display for any desk.

The Perpetual Calendar is made of magnets and plastic frames. Using this type of calendar is also quite simple. You need to simply move the two magnetic balls to the proper date and month. It is quite stylish and will deliver a level of sophistication to your desk that a standard paper calendar simply won’t do.

This is not designed to be hanged on the wall but is meant to be placed on a flat surface. The plastic construction is quite sturdy and I expect it to last a couple of falls. All in all, this is a practical and stylish desk accessory that can also be used as a nice conversation piece.

Pros:

  • Well-made and plastic material is quite durable.
  • Easy to use.
  • A unique and stylish calendar.
  • Small enough to fit nicely on top of your desk along with other accessories.

Cons:

  • Most complaints center around its small size.


Simple Houseware Mesh Desk Organizer with Sliding Drawer

Desk Organizer

Of course, one essential element of having a clutter-free desk is by having an organizer. The Simple Houseware Mesh Desk Organizer comes in at 13.25 inches x 13 inches x 9 inches (L x W x D) in dimension. It features two letter trays located on both sides, a drawer with 3 compartments and a vertical section divided into five 2-inch compartments.

Assembly is relatively easy and you will have no need for screwdrivers. The organizer uses plastic nails that you simply push into the slots. The document holders at the top can accommodate legal-size folder but they might stick out a bit. The bottom part of the organizer is rubberized which should prevent it from slipping or sliding across your desk.

While this desk organizer appears sturdy enough, I don’t believe it will be able to hold an excessive amount of weight. I suggest you refrain from stacking too many books on top of it to prevent it from bending. That being said, this is a lightweight desk organizer that should offer you the solution you need to make sure all your documents and office supplies are all in order.

Pros:

  • The configuration of this organizer optimizes space quite well.
  • Compact size.
  • Comes with several compartments.

Cons:

  • The plastic nails that support the top part of the organizer do appear to be as strong as you’d wish.

Pokemon Bulbasaur Planter

TAVA Bulbasaur Ceramic Succulent Planter

Did you know that the color green has a soothing effect on your psyche? Green does, in fact, help our mind relax and having plants around your room or work area should help reduce some of those everyday work-related stress. Which is why I recommend you get yourself a plant to decorate your desk.

Unless you were living under a rock for the past two decades, you have probably heard of this little thing called Pokemon. This Pokemon Bulbasaur Planter is just the perfect desk accessory for Pokemon fans or geeks in general

This planter comes in at 11.5 x 8 cm (L x W) and is made of ceramic material. If you want something unique or is simply a fan of the franchise then this would be a perfect accessory for your desk. It does not come with a plant, that will be up to you. I suggest you get succulent plants or cacti as those are the closest in appearance to what Bulbasaur actually has on its back.

You can buy succulent plants and cacti at your local Lowes or Home Depot and are considerably cheap. You should also know that this planter has drain holes so make sure you pour in just the right amount of water to prevent it from leaking over your desk. Alternatively, you can just place this planter on top of a plate prevent water from spilling over.

Pros:

  • A great gift to give your geeky friends.
  • Unique and cute planter for your desk.
  • Perfect size to be displayed on your desk.

Cons:

  • Plain green ceramic planter with no additional details. However, you can draw Bulbasaur’s eyes and other specific details with a red and blue sharpie.

Ledgle Table Lamp 8W LED with Built-in Clock, Calendar, and Thermometer

Ledgle Table Lamp 8W LED Desk Lamp

Working through the long nights? My friend, you will definitely be in need of a desk lamp. The Ledgle Table Lamp comes with an LCD screen that also displays the time, date, and temperature. As for the lamp itself, it has an adjustable brightness level of up to 5 settings. The LED lighting also utilizes anti-glare shades to help prevent your eyes from getting strained.

The LED light bulb also features three color temperature: cold white, warm white, and natural. Each light color setting is designed for either working, reading, or relaxing. The lamp uses button-free controls and instead utilizes touch sensitive functionality. This energy saving lamp can also be folded from 180°cover and 90°arm vertically.

Please note that this uses built-in LED light bulbs. There is no way of replacing these light bulbs but since they are LED bulbs you can expect them to last for quite a long time. One strong point to this table lamp is its sleek and compact design. Unlike other desk lamps that are rather bulky in appearance, the Ledgle Table Lamp does not take a considerable amount of space on your desk. Once folded, you can easily place it at the side and is no thicker than your standard book.


Pros:

  • Comes with a variety of light settings depending on your needs.
  • Features a clock, thermometer, and calendar that are displayed clearly on its LCD screen.
  • Lightweight and compact design.
  • Long-lasting.

Cons:

  • LED light bulbs are built-in into the lamp which means it is non-replaceable.

Desk Foot Hammock

SMAGREHO Portable Adjustable Mini Office Foot Rest Stand Desk Foot Hammock

If you are like me who works in front of their computers throughout the day you would probably be looking for anything to make things more comfortable. Enter, the desk foot hammock. This is basically a mini hammock that you attach to the bottom of your desk which will then act as a support for your feet.

Best Desk Accessories

You can prop your feet on top of the desk hammock to elevate comfort levels and allow your feet to feel more relaxed.

If you are looking to make your work station even more comfortable, I highly suggest you think about installing a foot hammock. It helps reduce strain and will improve your relaxation during breaks.

This desk foot hammock can be easily installed and is easy to adjust. This food hammock also forgoes the use of screws and bolts and instead uses adhesive pads making it ideal for all types of desks. The adhesive pads are incredibly strong as well and will stick to the desk for an indefinite amount of time. The hammock is made of high quality canvas which is not easy to tear. This foot hammock product also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Pros:

  • Easy to install.
  • Tough canvas material can withstand wear and tear.
  • Adhesive pads and hook attachments means no need to drill holes on your desk.

Cons:

  • Since it uses adhesive pads, expect it to be usable to one specific desk only.

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oil Diffuser for desk

Another way to set up a relaxing work environment is by utilizing a humidifier or oil diffuser. Personally, I prefer humidifiers that also exude a relaxing vibe in their design, like the URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser. It has a Zen-style look that blends into your room’s overall design quite well.

This oil diffuser has a 400ml capacity and high mist output. It can last up to 6 to 12 hours with mist output at 30 to 80ml/H. I also like that this diffuser is extremely silent so you won’t be distracted by any noise when working. It also shuts off automatically when water content is running low.

Additional features include timer settings. You can set this diffuser to 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, or in continuous mode. You can also control mist output by pressing the mist button for 3 seconds with one beep meaning strong output and two beeps meaning lighter mist output.

You can also opt to turn on the LED that gives a soft and soothing mood lighting effect. Color of the LED light can be changed and you have a selection of up to 7 colors. You also have two light settings: dim and bright.

Pros:

  • Helps soothe your senses with the use of essential oils.
  • Extremely quiet.
  • 7 LED color choices plus two light level settings.
  • Beautiful ornamental design.
  • Adjustable timer.
  • Strong mist output.

Cons:

  • Awkward placement of the cord which can be a little difficult to connect if you fill the diffuser with water first.

NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor

 Nix Advance - Digital Photo Frame

\Having a photo of your loved one or family at your desk is a staple decoration. However, let’s push it forward a couple of steps, shall we? Why settle for a single photo frame when you can get a digital photo frame that displays every single one of your favorite photos?

This digital photo frame has video playback and image slideshow capabilities. What sets this apart from your standard digital photo frame is its Hu-Motion Sensor function that allows it to turn on when you enter the vicinity and turns it off when you leave.

You can save images via USB port or SD/SDHC slots. This device also comes with a remote control. As for additional features, it can display a clock, calendar, and also has stereo speakers for playing videos and music.

You can also turn off the motion sensor if you wish. I usually opt for the timer setting. I set the device to automatically activate at 7am and shut down at 10pm. This device does not run on battery but instead plugs directly to the wall as well.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Comes in several screen sizes: 8-inches, 10-inches, 12-inches, and 15-inches.
  • Does not run on battery.
  • Can display pictures and play videos.
  • Great image and video quality.

Cons:

  • Can only play 720p quality videos.

Final Thoughts

Having a well-organized, convenient, and comfortable work area is essential for optimizing productivity. This list of the best desk accessories of 2018 should benefit you greatly if you wish to improve the overall atmosphere of your work desk. As you can see from this list, it doesn’t take much to improve your work setting. All you need are the right accessories.

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