How to keep minimalist desks clutter free

Universal UclickJanuary 17, 2014 

Glass-topped work surfaces seem to beg for tidiness. What the more minimal desks demand is a clutter-free zone. Where to stash all that paperwork and tools?

File cabinets, of course, are an obvious go-to. At stores such as CB2, we’ve seen hip colors over the years, with a still-popular powder-coated steel model that features a couple of drawers for pens, staplers, paper clips and smaller items on top and a file below, with the whole thing on casters for easy moving. We’ve seen them in orange, lime, lobster red, and they’re currently offered in charcoal, white and a soft blue-green called Mint. Ganged in three, under a white parsons table on casters, and set in an eclectic, modern living room with an elegant traditional fireplace, the collection spells industrial chic.

While color lifts the spirits of such storage pieces, they still may be too office-y for some tastes. And there are some very cool new options – furniture that easily transitions from room to room.

The wood Strut cabinet (actually a companion to the desk/table with the same name at Crate and Barrel) is a no-nonsense design, handsome veneer in an appealing chocolate hue. It stands on short, splayed feet to match the angle of the table legs.

More sassy is the Pilsen file cabinet from CB2 in a tangy paprika. Its glass top rests on a frame that is boosted from the base, creating a ledge handy for stowing magazines or a tablet.

But what about charging all of your devices? Hooker Furniture has a couple of answers for that.

And when the company previewed its e-charger station on Facebook before the October furniture market in High Point, it went viral. That’s because the nailhead-studded, turquoise-painted cabinet totally disguises any possible eyesores and is a pretty cool-looking piece of furniture.

There’s a lot to love about it. Up to five devices may be charged at one time, with wire management and nice details.

“All households struggle with how to charge and organize multiple electronics and grab them and go when you’re ready to leave for work or an appointment,” said Cindy Hall, director of merchandising for Hooker Furniture. (These pieces) take it “to a whole new level of problem-solving, de-cluttering and de-stressing furniture.”

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