3 ways to organise your desk

In need of a desk refresh? Whether it’s back-to-school time or just time to unlearn an old habit, check out our desk organisation ideas. Boxes, magnets and shelves can help clean your desk, so your mind’s clear and ready to work.

A white desk showing clean desk ideas like a letter tray for papers and tablets, boxes for storage and cord control and a glass vase for pens

1. Maximise space. Use add-on shelves or a hutch for display, storage and a clearer worktop. If there’s room in the desk’s legs, use it! Mix stackable, see-through boxes with lids for easy-to-lose tiny things, and sturdy paper boxes for bigger stuff. Bonus: This child’s desk actually adjusts to adult height.

2. Separate essentials. Put an insert in your desk drawer and sort your supplies once and for all. A magnetic knife rack and containers creates out-of-the-way homes for your phone charger and earbuds. A DIY calendar with blackboard paint and tape gives your to-do list front-and-center space.

3. Go overboard. Create space to contain everything by surrounding your desk with shelves. (Yep, even in legs.) Use solid-coloured, matching boxes to hide things away. Glass vases and jars can show off a few lovelies. Add in accessories, like a letter tray, to sort your papers and hold your tablet.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Carine de Mol
Photographer: Daniel Wester
Writer: Marissa Frayer