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Welcome once again to Monederosmart! And if it’s your first time, let us tell you that we make your shopping easier by showing you everything you need to know about the product you need in your life. This time, we’re talking about an item that helps you keep order in your space: the desk organiser.

Those who have worked in office environments know how important this product is, especially when it helps you keep everything at hand when you need to do some work or locate the specific object you need.

It is also an excellent helper at home when we have students under our roof.
Along these lines you will learn about the most important features that a desk organiser should have, its advantages, its functionalities and other information that will help you choose the best model of all. And of course, we will summarise the most outstanding ones on the market today.


  • Desk organisers are tools that we place in our offices, homes, workshops or similar to keep our items tidy. They have different compartments to separate our belongings and access them easily.
  • There are basically 3 materials with which these products are made: wood, plastic and metal. Each of them will have a resistance, cleaning method, durability, weight and other very specific characteristics that we invite you to know.
  • Before purchasing your favourite desk organiser, take into account the space you have to place it, the number and type of compartments it includes, the texture of its surfaces and walls and if it has any additional functionality that may be compatible with your work.

The Best Desk Organisers: Our Picks

Buying guide: What you need to know about a desk organiser

The products we mention stand out in quality, price, functionality and other aspects. But because we want you to know more about desk organisers, we’ll explain them in detail in the following paragraphs.

Desk organisers can hold both small and large items, depending on the size of their compartments. (Photo: Andriy Popov /

What is a desk organiser and what are its advantages?

Desk organisers are containers with various compartments that are mostly placed on a desk and store office supplies such as pens, markers, paper clips, scissors, notebooks and the like.

They come in a variety of materials such as plastic, metal and wood, as well as sizes and shapes so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. They can also be useful in living rooms, bedrooms, schools and more. Here are some of their main advantages.

  • They are usually lightweight
  • They help to tidy and organise
  • They contain a variety of compartments
  • They adapt to different spaces
  • They can take up a lot of space
  • Some can be fragile
  • You may need more than one

Desk organiser made of plastic, wood or metal – what should you look out for?

Among the variety of materials you’ll find in desk organisers, there are 3 main ones: plastic, wood and metal. Each of them will provide you with specific characteristics that can be adapted to every need.

For example, some of them will be heavier, but will still support more weight. Others will be immune to scratches and some you will be able to change their position more easily. Below, we detail each one of them.

Plastic. Plastic is the lightest material. It is easy to move and easy to clean, as you only need a damp cloth. Its resistance and durability will depend directly on its manufacturing process and quality, so it is recommended not to place heavy loads on it. It is recommended for use by children.

Wood. This material is delicate to humidity, so it should only be cleaned with a cloth. It can possibly be too heavy for constant transport, but it can support heavier loads. With proper use, it will last for years. It is recommended when we need to support a lot of weight such as books.

Metal. It is very resistant, as long as you work with a non-rusting metal such as steel. You can keep it clean and shiny with a little warm water and bicarbonate, as long as it does not have a layer of paint. It will bear loads well and its weight will be comfortable to carry. You can use it in offices, schools, halls and more.

Plastic Wood Metal
Weight Light Heavy Medium
Strength Depends on its manufacture Resistant Resistant
Cleaning Easy Delicate Easy
Load-bearing Light High Medium

Desk organisers can be made of wood, plastic or metal, mainly (Photo: Markus Spiske /

Purchasing criteria

Now that you know in detail the most important items, their approximate costs and where to find them, we give you a few last clues to know exactly which model you will need according to your requirements. Pay attention and write down the most important data for your purchase.

  • Compartments
  • Texture
  • Space
  • Additional features


Compartments are those divided spaces in which we will position our items as needed, but each of them has a different function that we must know how to take advantage of. Since they are the most important aspect of an organiser, we detail their types so that you know which ones you will need.

Deep. The purpose of their depth lies in the size (usually vertical) of the objects you will place inside. These will hold perfectly and allow you to pick them up without complications. Use them for notebooks, markers, pencils, rulers and the like.

Flat. You can place on them small objects that can get lost or are difficult to reach in deep compartments, such as tacks, paper clips, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil leads and the like.

Closed. These usually have a lid or are covered by other surfaces, such as drawers. Here you can place items that do not require constant use or should not be exposed, such as notepads, notepads, tape and the like.

Open. They do not have a lid, so you can place any item quickly and easily. In addition, you will be able to see everything in it from above. If it is a deep one, there will be no height limit for your product, so it works for scissors, rulers, silicone tubes, pencils and the like.


The surface and walls of your organiser will be key when adapting it to your space. Here are 2 of the ones you will see most often and the characteristics that each of them can give you.

Smooth. Most desk organisers will come with a smooth texture, which makes them easy to make. This way you can make sure that no item, no matter how small, will slip out of place. You’ll find them in wood, plastic and perhaps metal, and you can use them for paperclips, pencils, tacks and the like.

Netting. It is common to see it in plastic and metal, mainly. Mesh will allow you to see the items inside from any perspective, even when it comes to compartments.

Mesh organisers are a good choice for medium to large items (Photo: kaboompics /


Before you buy the one you like so much, take a few minutes to look at the area where you want to place it. Since there are different sizes, it’s important to make sure it won’t be too big or too small for you. If you have a small desk with a computer, you can opt for those with a monitor stand so that it doesn’t take up too much space.

If your desk or table is larger, you can opt for larger and even expandable organisers, up to 30 centimetres in length, to hold everything you need. It is important that this item does not take up more space than the items it contains separately.

Additional features

Some of the more elaborate desk organisers can include useful features that will be used in many ways. Here are the most common ones so that you can decide whether you need this product to include them to make your tasks easier.

Adaptability. Some organisers can be adapted to the size and shape you want. This will be useful to take advantage of the exact space you need and adapt it to the size of your objects. This is especially true of those with large, open compartments.

Monitor stand. In order to save space, some models have a sturdy, flat surface for you to place your computer monitor on. This way you can view it more comfortably and avoid taking up space that can be used for other purposes. These usually come with drawers.

Integrated calculator. This is an excellent option for those whose work focuses on mathematics, calculations and accounting. Some organisers include a small (or medium-sized) calculator so that you can keep it handy along with all the other items you use all the time.

Magnet. If you use paper clips, paintbrushes or tacks, you’ll know that it’s common to lose them for no apparent reason. To avoid this, some organisers include magnets that you can use to keep each of them close at hand without fear of losing them. This way you can group them together and remove them in the easiest way possible.

(Featured image photo: Tim Gouw / Unsplash)a