* Desk mats help protect your desk from scratches and spills
* They also decrease hand tension caused by writing
* Choose from plain or printed options
While you may not have considered, or even heard of, a desk mat before, they’re handy for not only protecting your desk from spills and scratches, but for decreasing tension and hand fatigue while writing.
SPY has found seven great desk mats (also known as desk pads), and you can choose between plain models, or printed ones, based on your desired aesthetic for your desk. They make great gift ideas too (check the classy leather version below).
1. Floortex Desktex Smooth Desk Mat
This pad is a number one bestseller in desk pads on Amazon, and it’s smooth surface not only helps to avoid desk scratches, but also keep your desk tidy and organized. It’s made of PVC with an embossed surface, and is heat resistant for over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Fawziya Tang Anti-Slip Desk Mouse Mat
This desk pad features a detachable phone stand and pocket, as well as cards built in to write notes and to-do lists on. Made of high-density PVC, this pad will also provide a smooth, soft surface for your mouse.
3. Microthin Imagine Work Surface
If you’re looking to add a little excitement to your plain desk, this mat from Microthin features a map of the world with time zones included, handy for planning conference calls. It also comes with a patented non-slip surface beneath.
4. Microthin Printed Desk Mat
Alternately, if you’re looking for a little extra motivation, this desk mat is printed with motivational words. Made in the USA, it also features antibacterial protection.
5. Lohome Artificial Leather Desk Pad
This design features and a lip that can wrap around the edge of the desk, which helps secure it in place. The surface is also waterproof, so you don’t need to worry if you accidentally spill.
6. Artistic Rhinolin Desk Mat
In a sleek, matte-black finish, this desk pad is integrated with micro-fine anti-skid foam. The surface is washable, and its suede-like feel makes writing on it a dream.
7. Nekmit Leather Desk Mat
Slip-proof, this non-glare surface provides an easy writing and computing experience. Made of high-quality leather, you can use it to personalize your work space, as well as protect your desk from damage.