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When it comes right down to it, everybody needs a good desk in their lives. Don’t you agree? And a good desk deserves to be well-stocked with the essentials. This much is certain.

But what are the makings of a properly stocked desk? I thought you’d never ask!

After the jump!

A desk without supplies is really just a table with drawers, so let’s get down to it, shall we?


  • WRITING IMPLEMENTS 1 of 30
    WRITING IMPLEMENTS
    What's a desk without something to write with? I love a good bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils on my desk. Something about them gives me the urge to scribble down a quick note. Maybe a to-do list, or a love note, or a grocery list? In any case, if you're going to have pencils, you're going to need a pencil sharpener.
  • STAMPS AND ENVELOPLES 2 of 30
    STAMPS AND ENVELOPLES
    Maybe it's old fashioned, and maybe you'll never need them, but a desk without a stash of stamps and envelopes is a sad desk indeed.
  • LETTER OPENER 3 of 30
    LETTER OPENER
    You know what desks are good for? Answering mail. Even if your mail is just bills, you'll want a nice letter opener.
  • ART FOLDER 4 of 30
    ART FOLDER
    A dedicated place for all those priceless drawings you couldn't bear to lose.
  • WASHI TAPE 5 of 30
    WASHI TAPE
    You're going to need scotch tape but why limit yourself? Get some Japanese Washi tape and use it with abandon. It's the little things, you know?
  • SCISSORS 6 of 30
    SCISSORS
    Sometimes I'm tempted to anchor mine to my desk with a rope so I'll stop walking off with them and losing them.
  • FLOWERS 7 of 30
    FLOWERS
    Every desk deserves a pretty little floral arrangement to brighten its day, don't you think?
  • FILING SYSTEM 8 of 30
    FILING SYSTEM
    Don't let inadequate drawers stop you from having a well-organized filing cabinet. Vintage boxes stacked underneath will do just fine, and look mighty nice, too.
  • DESK LAMP 9 of 30
    DESK LAMP
    Something with character. Bonus points if you use a CFL bulb. It's better for the Earth, you know.
  • NOTEPAD 10 of 30
    NOTEPAD
    Skip the ubiquitous post-it notes and go for something really luxurious, like a pretty notebook or engraved journal. These days, custom stationery is easy to come by, and it won't break the bank.
  • AND NOW, SOME DESK INSPIRATION 11 of 30
    AND NOW, SOME DESK INSPIRATION
    That letter opener there gives me some strong Romeo + Juliet feelings.
  • AND NOW, SOME DESK INSPIRATION 12 of 30
    AND NOW, SOME DESK INSPIRATION
    A little peach and robins egg blue will go a long way.
  • SMALL ON SPACE, BIG ON COLOR 13 of 30
    SMALL ON SPACE, BIG ON COLOR
    Perfect craft space for your daughter's bedroom.
  • STATELY + STUDIOUS 14 of 30
    STATELY + STUDIOUS
    The matching lamps flanking the desk give this area a regal feel.
  • MODERN + PINK 15 of 30
    MODERN + PINK
    I love the way the graphic wall art plays next to the shelving of uniform storage.
  • FRENCH COUNTRY PALE 16 of 30
    FRENCH COUNTRY PALE
    What could be more romantic than a desk with two chairs facing each other?
  • GOOD SPACE FOR HOMEWORK 17 of 30
    GOOD SPACE FOR HOMEWORK
    Those egg-shaped ceramic organizers are an great way to store markers, pens, and other odds and ends that accumulate on a desk.
  • PINK + SERENE 18 of 30
    PINK + SERENE
    This parsons table belonging to a fashion bloggers is equal parts dazzling and calming.
  • PINK + PUNCHY 19 of 30
    PINK + PUNCHY
    In case you're looking for a more jolting shade of rose.
  • INDUSTRIAL PERFECTION 20 of 30
    INDUSTRIAL PERFECTION
    More table than desk, until you match it with that gorgeous leather lover of an executive chair.
  • CAPE COD CORNER 21 of 30
    CAPE COD CORNER
    You don't need a lot of room, but you do need to use it well.
  • WOODEN + RUSTIC 22 of 30
    WOODEN + RUSTIC
    All of the storage elements of this desk space aren't even part of the desk at all, and who says they have to be, anyway?
  • DESK OF DELIGHTS 23 of 30
    DESK OF DELIGHTS
    Maybe you need a desk with a lot of work space. Or maybe you just need a desk full of a lot of inspiring things to look at? Hey, it's your desk after all.
  • GRAY TEXTURES 24 of 30
    GRAY TEXTURES
    This is my very favorite desk space. I love the stacks of magazines beneath, and the perfect gray wall color. I love the bouquet of pencils, the bouquet of tulips, and the antique family photos haphazardly pinned to the wall. I'd like to live here forever.
  • CURVACEOUS ANTIQUES 25 of 30
    CURVACEOUS ANTIQUES
    I love the contrast of the painted wooden secretary desk next to the stained wooden chair.
  • TAMED PLYWOOD 26 of 30
    TAMED PLYWOOD
    A gorgeous DIY?
  • MINIMAL BROWNS + BLACKS 27 of 30
    MINIMAL BROWNS + BLACKS
    This white room with that brown desk is oh so right.
  • LUCITE, PINK + PEACH 28 of 30
    LUCITE, PINK + PEACH
    Dainty and perfect, isn't it?
  • ROOM TO WORK 29 of 30
    ROOM TO WORK
    Perfect for the 4:30 homework sprawl, those painted drawers are really speaking to me.
  • BLACK + WHITE 30 of 30
    BLACK + WHITE
    If there were ever a time and a place to be purposeful with your colors, a desk is it.

All images via Pinterest.

Parents need back-to-school supplies, too: Take a look at this tongue-in-cheek list!

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