By Elly Leavitt

Published on February 8, 2018

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There’s an easy organizational tool you should be using, and chances are, you already own one. Trays are inexpensive, multifunctional, and a chic way to display your favorite accent pieces or corral knick knacks that would otherwise be cluttering your space. Which is what makes them so great for small spaces, and why we can’t get enough of a well-styled one.

Looking for some stylish organization inspo for your own home? Here are some of the best trays on the market right now.

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This woven tray brings a natural element to any space. It’s perfect for an empty coffee table to stack your newest magazines or books in, and the bohemian vibe will contrast particularly well when set against a more modern, sleek table.  

Buy this tray:

Wicker Tray, Anthropologie, $128

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An effortless way to bring a pop of color to any space, these modular trays will organize your desk in no time—which is definitely handy if you work from home and your desk doesn’t have drawers. We also love them paired with simple white candles at alternating heights for an easy accent piece to dress up an empty corner.

Buy this tray:

Kaleido Tray, Hay, $25

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While we wouldn’t recommend using your trays to house raw eggs—though to each their own—these brass options are perfect for the kitchen. They’re stackable, meaning they take up minimal space when you’re putting them away, and can be used to serve food or gather ingredients for meal prep. Buy the set or just choose one and use it to keep all your spices organized if you don’t have a spice rack.

Buy this tray:

Louise Trays, Hawkins New York, $50-$120

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If you have guests in town, make the guest room (or pull-out couch) feel more like a hotel with a tray full of bathroom essentials. Soft towels, travel-sized beauty products, your favorite sheet mask, and maybe some snacks are a small step to make your visitor’s stay a bit more fun.

Buy this tray:

Acrylic Clear Square Tray, CB2, $39.95

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The best thing about this tray is that it has organizational compartments already built in. Keep your keys separate and easy to find on one side, and your wallet in the other. There’s a compartment for everything, making it the perfect entryway accessory.

Buy this tray:

Walnut Tray with Brass Insert, Coming Soon, $115

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Small and sleek, the Haze Tray offers just enough storage for tiny things like desktop staples or bath products. Keep on top of the toilet tank so your skincare items are easy to access while you’re getting ready, or fill with pens and other office essentials and shove to the corner of your desk.

Buy this tray:

Haze Tray, Ferm Living, €54

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For a super basic staple tray that you can use for easy entertaining or breakfast in bed, opt for this white and wood one from Ikea. It might not be meant for a decorative piece, but for those of you more interested in trays that are functional than fashionable, this is the one for you. Set up little food stations at your next dinner party with these trays, or use as a makeshift bar cart by gathering a selection of liquors and setting the tray on an empty surface for your guests to self-serve.

Buy this tray:


Klack Tray, Ikea, $7.99

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If you’re a fan of the rustic farmhouse look, you’ll love this tray. Simply crafted from wood, it’s durable and sturdy enough to hold bigger items—such as detergents and stain removers in the laundry room or your groceries in the pantry.

Buy this tray:

Large Wooden Tray, H&M Home, $12.99

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Low on closet space? Free up much-need room in your wardrobe and keep your clunky boots neatly organized on a tray. Your floors stay clean and mud-free as an added bonus.

Buy this tray:

Zinc Boot Tray, Target, $39.99

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