When you finally get home from work at the end of the day, it’s extremely easy to leave a trail of stuff from the front door to your bedroom. And while having a good work bag—like a briefcase or backpack—will minimize how many things you have laying all over the place, you still need a good place to stash your EDC essentials, and other little items accumulated in your pockets.
So rather than scattering your EDC knife, loose change, keys, watch, and other everyday carry items all over your house, consider investing in a valet tray. Place it on your dresser, nightstand, or right by the front door and watch how much more organized your life becomes. You won’t even be able to handle it. To point you in the right direction, we rounded up 18 of our favorite valet trays to help keep you in line. You’ll never wander in circles around your house saying, “Where are my keys?” to yourself again.
Filson Rugged Twill Travel Tray
Whether you’re traveling or parked at home, you’ll want to have this tray from Filson within arm’s reach. Made from twill with saddle-grade bridle leather piping, it’s water-resistant and snaps to form a bowl but can lay flat when not in use.
Scout Mini Valet tray
The San Francisco-based crew knows a thing or two about crafting leather products. In fact, they make a living doing just that – developing the best leather goods money can buy. Measuring just 4 inches by 4 inches when all buttoned up, this Horween leather beauty is perfect for those looking for a small, unobtrusive EDC tray.
Billykirk No. 309 Leather Tray
Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have been crafting quality men’s accessories since 1999, and their No. 309 leather tray is no exception. Made from natural-hued vegetable-tanned leather and embossed with a Native American silhouette (there are other designs available, including an anchor, a bicycle, and a Ford Bronco), it’ll be the perfect place to stash your stuff. You can add your own embossing for an extra $15.
Owen & Fred Predict the Future Tray
NYC-based Owen & Fred specializes making a few men’s accessories really well (we especially love their duffel bags and dopp kits), and this Predict the Future Tray is one of their best offerings. Made out of sturdy duck canvas, this rugged tray, printed with an inspiring quote, will be one of your favorite things to look at in the morning (besides your coffee) and at night (besides your beer).
Hollows Leather Panhandler Leather Tray
Crafted in Minnesota by a guy named Nick, this Panhandler Leather Tray is built to last and available at a great price point. Featuring solid brass stud hardware and a decorative-stamped interior, the tray folds flat, making it perfect for travel.
BASE OBJECT 004 Valet Tray
The brainchild of the talented crew at DSPTCH, BASE OBJECT is a natural extension of the carry goods we’ve come to know and love from the San Francisco-based brand. Focused on clearing the clutter around your office space, this 100% Polystone tray is available in a handful of colors including yellow, black, grey, white, and orange.
Izola Courage Catchall
Nowadays, it takes an incredible amount of courage to even get through the day with all of the shit that’s thrown at us, so looking at a catchall that is emblazoned with the word “Courage” might serve as motivation for your daily life. Crafted out of glazed ceramic with an outdoorsy mountain rendering, it’s the perfect place to put all of the stuff that’s been weighing you down all day.
M&U Catch-All Tray
Made from a beautiful mix of sustainably sourced cherry wood and maple, this hexagon-shaped valet tray does more than just hold your everyday carry gear – it’s also been outfitted with notches on either side to prop up your smartphone. Each one is handmade in the USA, and finished off with a low-sheen varnish for increased durability.
Owen & Fred Concrete and Leather Valet Tray
Another offering from Owen & Fred, this heavy-duty valet tray is virtually indestructible, mainly because it’s made out of concrete. The interior is lined with waxy orange leather adding a warm pop of color to an otherwise cool, utilitarian piece.
Defy Snappy Valet Tray
Based out of Chicago, there are few companies building better products than Defy. And their valet tray falls right in line with that notion. Constructed here in the USA from a single piece of genuine Horween leather paired with a few button snaps, each aptly titled Snappy tray is branded with the words “Defy Clutter.” Available in your choice of either black or brown.
Graf & Lantz Valet Tray
Designers Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz are known for creating unique bags and accessories out of a unique and luxurious material—merino wool felt, which unsurprisingly, is what this Valet Tray is crafted out of. It’s durable and unique, and the tray itself unsnaps, making it perfect for travel or just for easy storage.
Oji Manasori Brass Desk Tray
Oji Manasori is a Japan-based designer known for crafting simple—yet beautiful—household objects, and this Brass Desk Tray is one of the brand’s best offerings. Cast in a venerable brass foundry in southwestern Japan, the tray will certainly class up your place and will definitely be girlfriend-approved.
Tanner Goods Valet Tray
Crafted in Portland, Oregon, Tanner Goods has built itself a reputation from making high-quality leather goods that you’ll keep forever. This handsome leather valet tray is made out of English Bridle Leather with brass rivets, and will be holding your sundries for the rest of your life.
Graf & Lantz Kawabon Valet Tray
When you’re looking something a bit more refined, Graf & Lantz is always tough to beat. Yes, this is their second appearance on the list – but it’s with good reason. Utilizing an Italian leather exterior mated to a bonded German merino wool felt on the inside, this thing will make itself right at home in any modern space.
Shinola Molded Leather Tray
Detroit-based Shinola may be better known for its watches, but the newly-revamped brand also has a ton of leather goods on offer, like this Molded Leather Tray. With a natural hue that will complement any room’s décor, the tray is finished with a light wax coating to ensure durability.
Maxx & Unicorn Co. Valet Tray
Brooklyn-based Maxx&Unicorn typically specializes in making handcrafted leather wallets, but with this valet tray, they’ve taken multiple sustainably-harvested woods (walnut, cherry, ash, and poplar) to create a gorgeous beveled, two-section tray. One section is made specifically to house your smartphone (it even has a built-in notch for a charger cable) and the other section is for the rest of your pocket dump accoutrements.
Ghurka Folding Snap Tray
Named for the Ghurka soldiers found in the Himalayas, the leather goods company was born in the 1970s and has been crafting quality bags and accessories ever since. This folding snap tray has been on offer since the mid-1990s, keeping your stuff secure whether at home or on the road, and the preppy gingham interior will make you feel extra dapper, wherever you are.
Parabellum Valet Tray
If you’re going to shell out for a valet tray, you should invest in this one from Parabellum. The luxe gray leather tray is made from free range bison hide, and features a suede lining. It’s perfect for storing your $500 beaded man bracelet at night.
Desdu Design Riviera Tray
If you’re looking for a unique tray to hold your loose change, look no further than this Riviera Tray from Desdu Design. Choose from oiled walnut, blackened walnut, or whitewashed maple and get to unloading your pockets.
Sir Jack’s Crocodile Valet Tray
This Crocodile Valet Tray from Boston-based Sir Jack’s looks expensive—and it is, but it’s worth it. With an interior lined with glazed brown crocodile skin and an exterior made with buttery calfskin leather, you’ll want to store everything in this tray.
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