5 Fun Storage Solutions for Your Desk


When I moved into my new house, I had a problem. The two bedroom home with no basement didn’t have room for an office.

Before moving, I had said goodbye to my mid-century desk. So, at the new place, I didn’t need office space to hold a desk. What I needed was somewhere to put all of the books, office supplies, scrapbooking stuff, notebooks, stamps and other bits and pieces that had been living in my previous desk’s drawers.

What my new house does have is a dining room. We’ll call it a dining room because I think that’s what it’s intended to be, but in all reality it’s an 11 ft. x 7 ft. opening with two doorways, one door and two windows. Not a lot of room to put furniture.

Now, imagine a 7 ft. dining room table taking up most of that space. My boyfriend insisted on keeping his gigantic dining room table despite the fact that it’s way oversized for this house. (I’m actually fine with it—now!)

I certainly wasn’t going to waste all that table space for “dining” when I needed desk space. So, I decided to turn the dining room—dining room table and all—into my office.

The first step was to turn the dining room table into a desk. While that table offered tons of surface space, I had no drawer space, which meant there was nowhere to hide things like staples, paperclips, extra pens and paper.

For anyone out there who needs storage options that aren’t drawers, here are five desk storage solutions I found that work well and look good too!

1. Wooden boxes


I pulled two amazing vintage wooden boxes out of my sister’s shed. They were dusty and filled with dead spiders. (You have to get over things like that if you’re looking for free goodies.) After a good cleaning, I knew they’d work perfectly on my dining room table…I mean desk. The divider in the middle of the box works perfectly to separate notebooks. And, it was almost like adding a shelf, because I could put stuff on the top of the box too!

2. Magazine file boxes


Magazine file boxes are great for corralling extra paper and, of course, magazines. They look streamlined, and if you don’t want the magazines to show, just face the magazine file box backwards. I picked up this magazine file box at IKEA for $10.

3. Vintage file holders


I love using this vintage wooden file holder to store mail. I usually toss mail in there after pulling it out of the mailbox. It’s an easy reminder that I need to go through the mail. Just don’t let too much paper pile up, or it will look messy.

4. Metal baskets


I picked up several of these metal baskets from a secondhand store years ago. They’d also work well for mail, but I use mine to keep notebooks. They’re just another cute option to organize.

5. Mason jars mason_jar_pens

You have to put all of your pens, pencils, highlighters and markers somewhere, right? Why not in a mason jar? It’s a cute container and keeps all of your necessary writing utensils easily in reach.

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3 Steps To Create A Vintage-Inspired Desk

You vintage lovers deserve a workspace that complements your home decorating aesthetic. Whether you just use your desk to pay bills and surf the Web or your desk functions as your full-time workstation, you need a space where you enjoy spending time. If it looks vintage-cute, all the better!

For me, an office space that combines vintage elements, artwork that I enjoy looking at, and functionality inspires me to write. Check out my desk below and discover how you too can fashion a vintage-inspired desk for your home.

1. The right desk 

The modern desks you find at furniture stores today often don’t offer the same craftsmanship as vintage pieces. Vintage desks are usually made of solid wood, not a combination of wood and cheap plywood like today’s furniture.

Choose a desk for your workspace that you’ll actually want to work at. I salvaged my desk from a Goodwill for $20. With a fresh coat of white paint and green accents, it looks near-new and still has the retro look I adore.

2. Keep it minimal

Choose the pieces that you place on your desk surface carefully. An uncluttered work area will help you get more work done. You want only functional items and pieces that you love to look at sitting on your desk.

On my desk I keep a small turquoise lamp thrifted from a secondhand shop, a stack of books, pencils in a vintage tin, two magazine holders and my laptop, of course.

3. Inspring artwork 

Stimulate your brain by hanging artwork that you love to look at near your desk. Interesting artwork in your work area is especially important if you need to get creative!

An artist in the Czech Republic created the prints hanging above my desk. Purchased off Etsy, I especially adore the vintage-looking red typewriter print.

What does your desk look like? Do you have any vintage items on your desktop? Let me know in the comments section!

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