Your everyday carry gear is precious. After all, it is comprised of the tools you’ve carefully curated to haul in your pockets every single day. As such, it deserves respect and care — even when it’s built tough enough to survive the apocalypse. And, in our opinion, that extends to those moments after you’ve gone home for the day and taken that gear out of your pockets for the evening.
Just like you, your EDC gear needs a place to rest when you’re not using this. Not only will this help to keep it safe, but it also serves to keep you more organized and able to reload your pockets at a moment’s notice for further adventure. But, rather than just tossing your everyday carry haphazardly onto a nightstand or countertop, we suggest picking up a valet tray: a designated, specified, countertop storage accessory designed for this exact purpose. But, since not just any will do, we’ve rounded up the best valet trays for the following collection.
Bradley Mountain Large Valet Tray
Kicking things off, Bradley Mountain’s Large Valet Tray is crafted from heritage materials — oiled and waxed vegetable-tanned leather along with copper rivets — but this one is much larger, measuring up at 7″ per side. For those with a larger complement of everyday carry gear, this USA-made option is very hard to beat. Just keep in mind that it comes pre-assembled and does not collapse.
Material(s): Vegetable-Tanned Leather
Dimensions: 7″ x 7″
Billykirk No. 471 Large Leather Valet Tray
Billykirk has been crafting top-quality American-made leather goods for quite a long time. And while they’re not a household name, they’re well-respected amongst those who have had the pleasure of handling their offerings. The No. 471 Large Leather Valet Tray is one such offering. Crafted from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, this is the kind of accessory you might hand down to your kids — that way, they can stash their own EDC gear in it long after you’ve hung up your proverbial hat.
Material(s): Vegetable-Tanned Leather
Dimensions: 9″ x 7.5″
Maxx & Unicorn Catch-All Valet Tray
The big problem with a lot of smaller valet trays is that, with modern smartphones seemingly getting larger and larger, they often don’t have enough room for one of the most ubiquitous pieces of everyday carry gear. The folks at Maxx & Unicorn, however, figured out a way around this issue with their Catch-All Valet Tray you see here. It’s small — only 6.5″ from corner to corner on its longest side — but the pair of grooves you can see at its top function as a phone stand. That way you can stash all your pocket gear despite this solid hardwood accessory’s seemingly small stature.
Material(s): Cherrywood & Maple
Dimensions: 6″ L x 6.5″
BASE Object 04
Uniqueness, especially in the gear one procures, is often highly sought-after. That doesn’t change when it comes to everyday carry valet trays. Thankfully, there are plenty of stand-out options that are a bit different from the rest of the gallery, like the BASE Object 004 from the team at DSPTCH. This medium-sized valet tray is both eye-catching in its appearance, but also its unique construction, having been crafted from cold rolled steel that’s been laser cut and folded right here in the USA.
Dimensions: 5″ x 7″
Tanner Goods Valet Tray
If Tanner Goods isn’t a name that’s on your radar, it’s definitely time to change that. After all, we’re talking about an American heritage brand that crafts exceptional carry gear, apparel, and more, all with a timeless aesthetic and from exceptional materials. Their simply-named Valet Tray is certainly no exception with its natural tooling leather exterior, brass rivets, and the makers mark applied in their Portland workshop. If quality and craftsmanship are amongst your chiefest concerns, look no further.
Material(s): Tooling Leather
Dimensions: 5″ x 5″
Craighill Nocturn Catch Valet Tray
As far as wooden valet trays are concerned, the Craighill Nocturn Catch might very well be the most elegant and the most clever. You see, the slope of its design and that little ridge in the center were created specifically to make it easier for you to pick up anything that might otherwise be a chore to pick up — like cards or coins. It’s also made in the USA from solid American Walnut or Maple and is so beautiful, you’ll be proud to display it front and center in your home or office.
Material(s): American Black Walnut
Dimensions: 11″ L x 7.5″
Grovemade Desk Tray
For those that adore organization, the Grovemade Desk Tray is sure to please. Apart from being perhaps the most individual of the valet trays on our list — thanks largely to the fact that it is built from machined aluminum and natural cork — it also boasts some of the best compartmental organization, boasting a bevy of individual spaces suitable for things like your wallet, pen, phone, pocket change, glasses, and more. It’s even well suited to be used as a tray for pencils, erasers, paper clips, and the like, should you choose to use it more for stationery organization.
Material(s): 5052 Aluminum & Cork
Dimensions: 12″ x 8.5″
Graf & Lantz Kawabon Valet Tray
If you prefer a bit of structure in your valet tray, but you really like the materials used in the option above, you’ll definitely want to check out the Graf & Lantz Kawabon Valet Tray you see here. It’s built from the same leather and felt, but has a rigid structure with the Italian leather on the outside and the German Merino wool felt lining the inside. Best of all — and like its brethren — it was made in the USA.
Material(s): Merino Wool Felt & Leather
Dimensions: 8.5″ L x 5.5″
Dango EDC Tray
There’s something to be said for brutalism and industrial design, especially when it comes to present-day architecture and style. And if the ethos of either one (or both) speaks to you, you may find yourself drawn to Dango’s EDC Tray. You see, this valet tray is actually crafted from solid CNC-machined aluminum, giving it a rugged look that makes sense in a concrete abode or garage or workshop. It’s also compartmentalized for exceptional organization — including slots for your phone, pen, wallet, and everything else. And if you’re worried about how it might damage your gear or countertops, worry not; it comes with soft non-slip feet and is available with optional DTEX pads to keep everything kosher.
Material(s): Solid Aluminum
Dimensions: 11″ x 8.4″
Killspencer Valet Tray
There is elegance in simplicity, as well as high-quality material construction. And Killspencer’s Valet Tray has both in spades. The only tray on our list offered in a trio of available sizes, this simple accessory is crafted from premium bullhide leather with hand-painted edges and a raw backing seated in a powder-coated steel tray. This bad boy offers up everything you need in a valet tray and nothing you don’t. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks as good as it does.
Material(s): Bullhide Leather & Powder-Coated Steel
Dimensions: 8.15-17″ x 5.5-12″
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition
For many folks, their everyday carry gear loadout contains at least one electronic device, but usually more. For Apple loyalists, that most often means an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch. It would be nice for these folks if their valet tray could keep these electronics all juiced up and ready to go. Well that’s exactly what the Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition has to offer. Not quite a traditional valet tray, this desktop tech accessory boasts built-in Qi wireless charging capabilities and even has a dedicated Apple Watch stand.
Material(s): Leather & Aluminum
Dimensions: 6″ x 4″
Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Tray
If you have wireless charging tech but you’re not stuck in Apple’s ecosystem, you may be more drawn to the Courant Catch:3. More like a traditional valet tray, this desktop accessory features a recessed slot for your pocket gear alongside a 3-Coil Qi-certified wireless charge pad for your phone, headphones, or whatever else. It’s also built from solid aluminum wrapped in beautiful top-grain leather. Equal parts style and substance, this valet tray is a technophile’s must-own accessory.
Material(s): Leather & Aluminum
Dimensions: 12″ x 9″
Hermes Pegase Change Tray
For some, only the most elite of options will do — even when it comes to valet trays. That’s where the Hermes Pegase Change Tray comes in. Offered by the fabled fashion brand, this valet tray is crafted from beautifully-printed Limoges porcelain and has a velvet goatskin base to ensure it doesn’t scuff or scratch any of your home’s surfaces. This high-end status symbol is the kind of EDC accessory you might find in the abode of some of the world’s elite.
Material(s): Limoges Porcelain & Goatskin
Dimensions: 8″ x 7″
The Best Work From Home Essentials
If you’re spending a lot of time with your everyday carry gear in a valet tray, that might be because you’re now working from home. That being the case, it might be worth sprucing up your setup with some of our picks for the best WFH gear.