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    19 Desk Pads That Will Actually Make You Happy To Send Emails

    A desk pad is one of those things you don't think you need, but once you get one you'll wonder how you ever worked without it.

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    1. A dual-sided desk pad that's basically two adorable, functional desk pads in one, so if one side gets dirty you can just flip it over — no one needs to know.,

    Promising review: "These are beyond wonderful for protecting the desk and providing a nice surface for writing, keyboarding, and for a mouse pad. After purchasing one, I knew I needed two more. I love my desk but it is not the highest quality. These terrific desk pads are not only functional, but they are also beautiful. I know that the money that I spent is being used to provide functionality and protection. There was no funky smell and I simply rolled them backward to get them to lie flat. I rolled them back and let them sit in the carton that they came in for about half an hour. That was all that was needed and they lie completely flat. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this product again." —J.M. Tindall

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three sizes and 11 colors).

    2. A marble desk pad so pretty you might have to be careful buying it because it might distract you from doing your actual work.,

    Promising review: "I’ve gotten so many compliments on this at work. It’s perfect to use at my desk at work. My keyboard doesn’t move all over and it’s also perfect as a mouse pad. Anyone who needs to stop at my desk will make a comment on how cool it is :)." —susan

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 14 designs).

    3. A classy felt-and-cork desk pad that would make a fantastic gift for the high-powered executive, polished supervillain, or lover of all things luxurious in your life.


    Promising review: "For those of you who HATE have come to the right place. This desk mat is something worth considering. My glass desk was constantly under siege from my more. The medium-sized mat is perfect for the desk, and the mouse, Trackpad, and keyboard have lots of room. The felt is top-quality merino wool, but not scratchy or coarse. Worth the money." —Mac

    Get it from Oakywood for $59+ (available in two sizes).

    4. A genuine leather desk pad that'll elevate your workspace enough to consider pulling out a snifter of whiskey when your workday is through.,

    Promising review: "This is one of the best things I have purchased lately. Got it so I could take it outside to the patio and use my new laptop and smartmouse and also have my phone nearby without having to worry about dust, pollen, and other things getting all over or inside my electronics. Worth every penny. Just roll it out, makes an instant desk surface, when you're done just roll it back up. I love leather so this was right up my alley. Treated it with leather protector just for good measure." —Kara mia

    Get it from Amazon for $43.27.

    5. A desk pad with an apt message for those among us who need a little boost of motivation in order to get through the day.

    lifestyle image of beige desk pad that says, "work."
    Blush & Thorn / Etsy

    Blush & Thorn is a Chicago-based small business that sells cute desk accessories.

    Promising review: "Super freaking cute. I love having this on my work desk, brightens up my space. Looks exactly as it's pictured, arrived quickly." —Taylor Price

    Get it from Blush & Thorn on Etsy for $14.25+ (available in five sizes).

    6. A sturdy glass desk pad that'll double as a dry-erase board, so you can write yourself encouraging reminders, like "meeting at 5!" or "only two more hours until you can clock out."


    Promising review: "This glass desk protector is perfect! Comes with silicone pads, too. The glass thickness makes this a substantial protector. I can see the beautiful wood desk underneath the protected workspace." —Katherine

    Get it from Wayfair for $64.99+ (originally $74.19, available in two sizes).

    7. A thick, high-density gaming desk pad with a stitched edge designed to elevate your gaming experience so that your mouse can move with complete accuracy, and your wrists can get some relief too.,

    For more gaming accessories you'll want on your desk, check out this list.

    Promising review: "I honestly can’t believe how much I love this mouse pad. I was expecting to get poor quality and uncomfortable materials but this is definitely not the case. The mouse pad itself is flawless in quality, which is hard to find in this size even from top-tier manufacturers. It’s super soft but doesn’t inhibit the mobility of your mouse. The ends are all very nicely stitched and add a nice touch to the lighter-colored black of the pad. I already recommended it to all my friends for their setups and I hope this guy holds up." —Connor

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A clear desk pad to protect your desk from the inevitable onslaught of coffee spills you'll subject it to on a weekly basis., Amazon

    Promising review: "I am very pleased with this clear plastic desk mat! I purchased two of them for use on my writing desk and my computer desk. The mats are of excellent quality, and although they were shipped rolled up, they flattened out very quickly. The mats were packaged well and shipped promptly and I highly recommend this product! I have a calendar on one desk with the plastic mat over it and the calendar stays in place and the mat does not slip! These mats are of outstanding quality and are an excellent value!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in frosted version and in four sizes).

    9. A Graf Lantz merino wool felt desk pad to add a touch of ~class~ to your workspace because I know you've become all too familiar with the mountains of random papers and candy wrappers that currently make up your desk.

    graf lantz

    Promising review: "I recently ordered my second Moses Desk Pad. I loved the one I have on my desk so I ordered another for my son’s desk as well. The color is lovely (light gray), giving my desk a 'finished' is sized perfectly for a laptop or tablet and has a luxurious feel. Just the right thickness. —Joanne J.

    Get it from Graf Lantz for $86 (available in five colors).

    10. A micro-weave fiber desk pad colorful enough to brighten up your workspace and soft enough to give your sore wrists some rest as you click your way through the day.

    The Modern Stationary

    Promising review: "I'm really happy with my desk pad; it's soft, so my wrists aren't getting as tired while typing out university assignments. It's protecting the surface of the desk underneath and creates a nonslip surface on top. Last but not least, it adds some color to my otherwise bare desk. An excellent accessory indeed!" —Brent A.

    Get it from the Modern Stationary for $39.99 (originally $49.99; available in two sizes).

    11. An LED light-up desk pad with 14 different colors options to turn your home office into an instant rave space. Just think of the money you'll save on glow sticks!,

    Promising review: "This is one of the best purchases I ever did in Amazon. 100% satisfied. I saw several ads for this type of mouse pad and was always a skeptic. Recently checked it out at my friend's home and I was just blown away. I bought it that same day. The RGB lights are awesome. It is great aesthetically. Quality is good, too. Highly recommended." —SYGNIFIC

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four designs).

    12. A faux-leather desk pad that comes in 15 different colors and will protect your workspace from your own clumsy self, all for under $10 — why are you still depriving your desk of this treat?,

    Promising review: "I really love these desk pads! I travel between schools, so they’re easy to roll up and carry wherever I go. They are much larger than a regular mouse pad, which is mostly what I use them for. I teach art, so it actually comes in handy for a drawing surface. I liked it so much that I ordered two of them, one for home and one for work. Highly recommend, especially for the price." —Jane M

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes and 15 colors).

    13. An L-shaped desk pad providing the ultimate solution for all the corner desk users of the world who have been excluded for far too long.


    Promising review: "This is a great pad. I have a corner desk setup with three monitors, a keyboard, and a wireless ergonomic mouse. I’ve been using this for three months and it’s been perfect. I had no issue with creases from the packaging. It lays perfectly flat and my mouse is always perfectly responsive. Cleaning is a breeze using an adhesive lint roller. Everything comes right off it. The edge stitching is nice and strong. I don’t see this wearing out any time soon. Very happy with this purchase." —Jlab74

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    14. A black desk pad with a lift-top clear sleeve so all your important papers will no longer be covered in water rings and weird, unexplainable stains., Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't believe I didn't purchase this sooner!!! It looks great on my desk at work, I'm able to put business cards and family photos underneath the plastic top, and the black bottom has a grip-type material that helps so the desk pad doesn't move around. What I didn't expect was so many people in the office wondering where I purchased it and how much it cost because they all want one." —shannon allan

    Get it from Amazon for $22.73.

    15. A bonded-leather desk pad with side rails destined to boost your power from within. Once you buy this bad boy, you might find yourself wearing a suit to work, buying fancy pens you don't need, and demanding that people call you by your last name. You've been warned.,

    Promising review: "Quality, thick leather pad, good writing surface. I bought one and liked it so much I bought another one. Holds up to spills. Easily cleans off. Hopefully you like it because you are going to have it a while." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $72.95+ (available in four colors).

    16. An extra-large waterproof desk pad so every part of your desk is covered and you can eat the messiest snacks possible and not even worry.,

    Promising review: "This pad is awesome. It works well to cover just about all of my 56"-long glass desk! There is just an inch or so one either end still showing as well as about 4 inches to the back, but my monitors hide that anyway! It is well made, in my opinion, and does the job I got it for. It lays flat upon unwrapping and looks amazing. Well done!" —Bob Saunders

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in two other sizes and nine colors).

    17. An ultimate desk pad complete with a built-in calendar, ruler, and clear sleeves to help keep you on track. Best of all, you can just fold it up and carry it around with you!


    Multitasky is an Asian woman–owned small business that makes home and office accessories that aim to empower women.

    Promising review: "It's bigger than I thought, but that's okay. I like how it has a plastic cover over it because it holds it dry and prevents me from scribbling on it. Excellent material, too, great product and useful :)" —Blanche G

    Get it from Multitasky for $28 (originally $35; available in three colors).

    18. A nonslip leather desk pad to hold your laptop and mouse steady through the fiercest of tap-tapping and click-clacking.,

    Promising review: "This is the perfect desk pad. Looks great on my desk and is EXACTLY what I was looking for. It was carefully packaged in a stiff paperboard cylinder to prevent damage in shipping. Color is rich, embossing is beautiful. If you are looking for something fancy with a hard back and/or stitched borders, this is not your desk mat. If, on the other hand, you are looking or an understated elegance that is perfect as it is, you need this mat! I only gave it 5 stars because there were not five more available to give!" —Papermaker73

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    19. And a KeySmart Taskpad that's a total steal for a desk pad that has a built-in phone charger, because we all know that looking at our phones' tiny screens to take a break from our laptop screens takes its toll.

    KeySmart, KeyNation

    The surface is also water resistant, stain resistant, and anti-scratch!

    Get it from KeySmart for $99.99 (originally $119.99).

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