DIY Deals: Desk Accessories

Adjustable-lamp desktop task light

PB Teen, $59.00

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Whether you’re focused on going back to school or getting back to organizational sanity, the desk is a great place, maybe the best place, to begin. This time of year everyone seems to be scrambling to get their workspace outfitted, but luckily there are deals to be found on products that will help you maximize the storage potential of your study or office area. There’s spring cleaning and then there’s fall organizing; we’ll help you accomplish the latter without straining your budget.

Lighting. Adequate lighting is a must-have, and of course desktop lamps come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s hard to beat the utility of a lamp with an adjustable neck. This weekend Target is offering a basic, attractive model for just $12.00 (reg. $14.99).

In the market for something more elaborate? Consider PB Teen’s task light (pictured above). It features iHome technology (for playing digital music) as well as storage crannies for pencils, clips, and other supplies. At only $59.99 (reg. $69.99), this lamp meets the requirement—adequate lighting—and then delivers much more.

Desk Chairs
One of the most obvious ways to upgrade your workspace is with a comfortable chair, and a new one need not cost a small fortune. The model below from the Container Store, sporting Bungee cords for comfort, is on sale for $149.99 (reg. $189.99).

If you’re looking for something simpler, PB Teen has a contemporary stationary wood chair, ergonomically designed for comfort, which has been marked down to the reasonable sum of $79.00—swoop in and snag it!

Whether on top of your desk or just below it, additional storage is always welcome. For the smaller stuff, desk containers like these from PB Teen, on sale for $9.99 (reg. $25.00), will help keep your pens, paper clips, and USB cords all neatly corralled.

Another great way of keeping your desk organized is to use standing folders. Those pictured above are from the Container Store and cost only $7.99 apiece; invest in a set and your desk surface will remain clutter-free and actually usable for projects (instead of buried under papers).

For heftier items like portfolios or textbooks, storage at the foot of your desk may be in order. This weekend, stackable bins from the Container Store are available for $12.99.

For more on home offices, consider:

Creating Your Home Office Plan
Bob Vila Radio: Dorm Room Storage
Designing a “Green” Home Office