Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stacking Paper Trays: A Problem or a Solution?

stacking letter boxes

I'm not usually a fan of stacking in boxes or paper trays; the papers in the lower trays, hidden from view, often get neglected — sometimes for years. But the trays can work well if they stack and unstack easily; then they can hold papers related to various projects or tasks, and either be spread out for easy access or stacked up to save space.

For example, take a look at the SOTO Pile Boxes from Details, a Steelcase company. They come in black or white.

paper trays, stacked

While the trays shown above are interlocking, they certainly don't have to be. For example, take a look at the Pierre Belvédère paper trays, sold by See Jane Work, and how they've been stacked.

two orange inboxes, stacked

Poppin says its inboxes, available in white or orange, can be stacked the traditional way — or sideways, or on an angle. And I loved this blurb: "Holds up to 300 sheets of paper, or 2 small animals." [via Popgadget]

beech wood filing / paper trays

And while these filing trays from Manufactum don't unstack, it's still easy to see the contents of each tray.

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JustGail said...

I like that the botton ones also have a bracket to add labels to the trays.

Marcie Lovett said...

I don't recommend paper trays that stack and cover up what's below, because people forget what's in there.

Using them the way you suggest, though, is a great idea. Clients often look for ideas to store different projects they're working on and these would work well.

Put a label on each one and stack them up when you're finished with them for the day.