Desk blotters, or desk pads as they’re now more commonly referred to, serve a much different purpose now than they did even fifty years ago. Originally, the purpose behind these pieces of office equipment was to provide a buffer between your quill or ballpoint pen and the wooden desk you were writing on. Usually, these blotters were made up of either four leather weighted corners or two large pieces of metal placed on either side of a thick sheet of paper. This way, if the ink from your pen were to bleed through a letter you were writing or a document you were signing, it wouldn’t stain the top of your desk.
Now, desk pads protect your work station from things other than ink. These large felt, plastic, and/or leather mats help provide your desk some respite from the daily grind – whether that includes hand-writing papers, typing out long emails, or squeezing in your plastic fork lunch while you try and keep up with your workload. In some instances, these desk pads can even help you organize your documents and keep important notes close at hand. And, to top all of that off, these desk mats help bring in a little bit of a personal touch to the 9-5. Whatever your taste or workplace needs, we’ve assembled a list of 8 of the best desk pads for men. We’re sure you’ll find something that strikes your fancy.
Artistic Office Hide-Away Desk Pad
This desk pad offers up a whole bevy of benefits. Made from natural biodegradable materials, it provides a smooth, self healing writing surface that has an antimicrobial treatment. For those who want to keep their documents safe and at an arms reach, the pad folds up to reveal a small secret compartment for discreet storage.
Adir Professional Self Healing Cutting Mat
These pads from Adir weren’t built with the explicit purpose of being used as desk mats, but they definitely do the job. 3mm thick and made from a high quality vinyl composite, they are built to be self healing and provide a surface for cutting. Whether you are an illustrator, architect, or just a fan of how they look – these cutting mats serve as a fantastic pick for the office.
Satechi Desk Mat
Measuring in at 24 by 13 inches and boasting an easy-to-clean synthetic leather surface, this desk mat is ideal for any workspace. Coming in ten different colors and featuring a nicely embossed bottom right hand corner, it’ll add a bit of color and comfort to any office.
Burning Love Desk Pad
While most desk mats are either made from synthetic material or leather only, this pad from Burning Love is made from a combination of felt and leather. The Merinowelt felt pad (which comes in 15 different colors) is 3mm thick and measures in at 17 by 27 inches overall. To keep your desk organized as well as clean, the felt pad comes stitched with your choice of either a black or brown strap.
Dacasso Mocha Leather Desk Pad
Made from a fine top grain leather and measuring in at 25 by 17 inches, this felt-bottomed desk mat is an ideal writing surface. Its dark mocha color and hefty weight give it a sense of importance, while its large size makes it more than substantial enough for any workspace.
Saddleback Leather Desk Pad
The thick full grain leather surface of this desk pad is wrapped tightly over a high-density neoprene inner padding and held shut with a tough set of rivets and double stitching. This makes for an incredibly durable and tough pad that is more than capable of handling even the wildest office environments.
Grovemade Walnut Monitor Stand
While we have to admit that this is not a desk pad, it is hard not to include Portland-based brand Grovemade in any list about desktop gear. They are far and away one of the best when it comes to building out work week essentials. This monitor stand is no exception. Made from American black walnut and tested to hold up to 200 pounds, the stand easily lofts your computer up above your desk so as to reduce strain in your neck. Not a bad pick.
Hermes Et Cetera Desk Blotter
Made from Taurillon leather, this fine piece from Hermes is fit for only the most regal of desks. Measuring in at 19 by 15 inches, featuring a single stitch around the edge, and embossed with the brand’s “H” on the bottom right hand corner, it is most definitely one of the fancier blotters we’ve ever come across.
Essential Desktop Gear
A desk mat is only one piece of the puzzle. If you are really looking to build out your desk, then you’ll need some well-designed desktop gear – and we’ve got you covered.