Cute desk accessories are a must for hybrid working. It’s one thing getting into a professional headspace in an equally professional office setting, but optimising your workflow in the same space as your bed and living room can be an altogether different challenge. That’s not to say that a miniature succulent is going to drive your productivity through the roof, but taking the time to create a dedicated work environment can boost your work-life balance, not to mention upping the interiors anti on your neglected office corner.
The ‘that girl’ trend on TikTok – a post-COVID phenomenon that has Gen-Z and Millennials aspiring to live a more healthy and ‘together’ life – has now extended into the world of homewares and, whether it’s dried pampas grass or an H&M Home donut vase, there are a whole host of purchases you can make to bring that same ‘you’ve got this’ energy to your WFH set-up. Yep, desk accessories don’t have to mean bulk buying those dull mesh organisers from Staples circa 2000. In fact, retailers like Oliver Bonas, Net-A-Porter and Anthropologie have come through with everything from letter trays to pen holders without a glimpse of mesh in sight.
Whether you’re a ceramic obsessive or the Neom diffuser has been on your wishlist since 2021, we’ve curated a selection of the 29 best pieces to elevate your home office, maximise workflow and dissolve that deadline anxiety. What’s more, redecorating your space is an inevitable byproduct of living in the same place for several years, so picking pieces that are transferable across all four corners of your home is an important factor to consider. Thankfully, being ‘that girl’ also means buying items in muted shades and inoffensive textures, so you can browse our cute desk suggestions with an easy decor conscience.
Where to buy cute desk accessories
If you’re looking for more affordable pieces (that still look high end), consider some of the small businesses on Etsy. Ceramics will likely come in at a smaller price and you’ll have a better chance at finding more bespoke designs. This £13 concrete pen pot, for example, compliments the length of a standard desk and, in terms of being transferable, could quite easily double as an oblong vase. On the other hand, if this is an area you want to invest in, brands like Selfridges are championing leather storage solutions like this feature Smythson letter rack.
What desk accessories do I need?
Before you fill your basket with wall prints and pastel pieces galore, take stock of what you’re actually going to need. Paper-heavy jobs will likely call for filing accessories whereas digital workloads will free up desk space for coffee table books and candles. Along the same vein, consider the desk space at your disposal. Are you flaunting a generous workspace or is your home office more modest? For the latter, there are plenty of storage solutions to be had, namely this £34 wall shelf from La Redoute. Mount it and use it as a laptop stand, clearing room for a wireless keyboard and, with your screen now at eye height, your posture will benefit, too. Two birds, one stone.
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