‘Where are my keys?’; a frustratingly familiar phrase, made all the more sickening when you’re running late for work or a first date. Instead, maybe it’s your wallet that’s gone missing? And, sure enough, you’re doing a mental backtrack to where you had it last while padding down your trouser pockets.
If this is sounding familiar, it’s time you bought a valet tray. A safe place for putting your everyday essentials – wallet, keys, phone, etc. – the valet tray will put an end to unnecessary leaving-the-house frenzies.
Plus, the best valet trays are designed so luxuriously, they double as interior art, adding some depth and texture to a boring benchtop or bedside table. So, stop scattering your pocket change and keys all over the house and invest in a high-quality valet tray!
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These are the best valet trays currently available that’ll put an end to you constantly searching for your things and will also make your house look a touch more sophisticated.
Price: From $100
Courant is an American company that specialises in producing leather-wrapped wireless chargers for your smartphone. However, understanding that people have more than just their phone to carry around, Courant has integrated their chargers with valet tray options.
The Catch:3, a wireless charger on one side and a valet tray on the other, gives you plenty of space to leave your keys and any other paraphernalia.
Price: From $119
WOLF was founded way back in 1834 when owner, Philip Wolf I, found that the boxes he made to present his silverware in, became more popular than the silver itself. He turned his attention to jewellery cases and in the years since, the company has consistently honed its craft, implementing new techniques along the way.
The Blake valet tray offers plenty of space to store all your belongings, whether it be your phone, watch, keys, or spare change. You’re presented with three open storage compartments and one with a lid, with the whole tray made from a combination of leather and suede.
Price: From $88
Craighill is another company to hail from New York City, with a strong focus on design and creating objects that will not only enrich the lives of those who buy them but ones that will last for years too.
The Nocturn Catch valet tray is made from solid American hardwood and is available in a few different wood stain colours. With a smooth satin finish, Craighill’s valet tray offers something a little different to the vast quantities of leather featured on this list.
Price: From $99
San Francisco-based label Quince recently burst onto the scene with an incredible range of clothing for men and women that proves quality can be affordable. Not one to just stick to clothing, however, Quince has diversified into leather goods, including valet trays.
The company has just one valet tray in its line-up, but it’s available in a few colour options and all are made from quality full-grain leather. Simple, effective, and, above all, affordable.
Price: From $55
HAY is a Danish design company founded in 2002 that makes high-quality products designed to make the lives of everyone that little bit easier. The company’s geometric valet trays present the conventional valet tray in an entirely new way.
Available in multiple sizes and colours, HAY’s trays will add a cool and sleek look to a bedside table.
Price: From $170
British luxury goods brand Smythson has been kitting out the social elite since the 1800s. The official supplier of stationery for Queen Victoria and a brand favoured by the likes of Grace Kelly, Smythson has remained exclusive and premium ever since.
Their Panama Trinket Tray is made from genuine cross-grain calf leather, is available in multiple colours & sizes, and can be folded flat thanks to popper fasteners in the corners.
Price: From $85
Tanner Goods operates out of Portland, Oregon and makes everything on its roster by hand. Products are produced in limited numbers but are designed to last a lifetime, with its leathers, in particular, responding well to the ageing process.
The aptly named Valet Tray is made from 3oz Meridian English bridle leather and hand-sewn, before having Portland-made brass rivets placed on each corner.
Price: From $324
Stow is a travel brand that hails from Hertfordshire, England. Founded in 2013, it continues to make predominantly handmade leather accessories (in Spain), all designed to make travelling that little bit easier for you.
Understanding that modern-day gents have a varied selection of essentials that need to be kept close by, Stow’s valet trays come in a set of three. Made from a combination of calf leather and Italian goat suede, all three valet trays offer your gear a luxurious bed to lie on.
Price: From $245
Carl Friedrik is another English brand committed to making a premium collection of leather accessories. The leathers used to make their bags, wallets, and accessories are sourced from all around the world, but all are required to meet strict high-quality criteria.
Carl Friedrik’s valet tray is made from Vanchetta leather, vegetable-tanned by Artigiano Del Cuoio in Tuscany, Italy. Minimalistic in its design approach and available in three neutral colours, this valet tray will blend into any environment.
The Brown Buffalo
Price: From $25
California-based design and manufacturing company The Brown Buffalo was founded to supply consumers with backpacks and accessories built for a specific purpose. Those purposes require the use of heavy-duty materials that can comfortably undergo rigorous testing.
The Brown Buffalo’s valet tray range isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be, as all valet trays are made from a tough-as-nails nylon, that also happens to be waterproof. Sewn together in California and available in a few different colour options, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting something of true quality.
Price: From $50
Billykirk is an American bag and accessories brand founded by two brothers in 1999. With 20 years of experience under their belt, it’s fair to say the company knows how to put together a well-finished valet tray, and you certainly won’t be disappointed by the huge selection on offer.
If you’ve got a good chunk of stuff that you want to make sure you don’t lose sight of, then the No. 471 large leather valet tray is for you. Available in a choice of colours, this tray is made from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather.