We’ve been thinking a lot about our desks recently. Or, more accurately, the desks in our home offices. As we settle into the new normal — adapting to solo workspaces, Zoom meetings and pale imitations of professionally brewed flat whites — we’ve found it important to streamline and supercharge our desks.
To that end, we’ve bought desk plants and water towers; oxygenating, hydrating helpers that keep us pin-sharp and powered-up throughout the working week. But we’ve also discovered the electrifying help of wireless chargers. Simple and understated, these ergonomic desk accessories have saved us both time and the fuss of finding a cable.
So, whether you’re looking for a simple charger, a desktop organiser a piece of abstract art, here are the best wireless chargers to bring untold power to your desk.
To do the job, opt for a small, slimline charger
At their simplest, wireless chargers are basic tools — used to keep your phones, smartwatches and headphones topped up with minimum effort. If this is all you want from a desktop gadget, go for a small, understated model; one that can be slipped seamlessly beside your mousemat or coffee coaster.
Something like Oakywood’s exquisitely-grained charger. In pale oak, it smartly combines futuristic tech with classical design. Native Union’s leather take is similar; a handy, mini charger clad in a timeless, traditional material. Or, for something a little more luxurious, Bang & Olufsen’s navy grain-leather is an excellent extravagant option.
Oakywood Slim Wireless Charging Pad
Native Union Classic Leather Charger
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Charging Pad
A valet tray with built-in charger is ideal for organisation
Of course, you could kill two birds with one electrified stone. If your desk is looking a little too cluttered for comfort, there are a whole range of wireless chargers that incorporate trays and separate compartments into their designs.
Courant’s Catch:3 is perhaps the slickest of these. In tanned saddle leather, this handy desktop valet is a perfect catch-all for your watch, stationery or keys. Linley’s decadent option — crafted from walnut and Italian suede — will look perfect next to your antique desk globe. And Kreafunk’s wiTRAY can charge two devices at once; to streamline your workspace even further.
Linley Chester Wireless Charging Tray
Add interest to your desk with a statement charger
If your desk space is at a premium, you could always opt for a charger that doubles up as a decoration. That way, even when you’re not charging up one of your many gadgets, you’ll have something eye-catching and stimulating to stare at during those endless spreadsheets sessions.
For a mid-century feel, Wood’d offers an effective ‘tumble’ design on its charger — attractively tessellating pieces of contrasting wood. Lexon’s Oblio charger looks like a cross between a piece of modern sculpture and a pitcher plant — and has the added benefit of sanitising your phone with powerful UV light as it charges it. Or, for a 3D wooden option, you won’t do better than Oakywood’s gratifyingly geometric QI pad.
Wood’d Wireless Charger Tumble
Lexon Oblio Wireless Charger and Sanitiser
Oakywood QI Wireless Charging Pad
A smart-desk has wireless charging built in
Or you could do away with your existing desk altogether. With the rise of home-working, smart desks are springing up in even the most conservative of furniture collections — workspaces with wireless chargers, power ports and even speakers built right into the tabletop.
If you’re planning an overhaul of your home office, you could do a lot worse than Koble‘s extremely reasonable Bea Smart Desk with oak veneer. Jual’s San Francisco design is a little pricier — but is hewn from walnut and has a chic mid-century feel. Or, if you’re hopping on the healthy standing desk trend, this stripped-back, height-adjustable offering from Ebern Designs is ideal.
Koble Bea Smart Desk
Jual San Francisco Smart Desk
Glenva Standing Smart Desk