Available in endless shapes, sizes, and styles, catchall and valet trays are decorative containers that can hold, well, just about anything. You can put them in your bedroom so your rings have a place for the night, before you put them back on again in the morning, or in your entryway to collect clutter or little items you love as you walk in and out the door. "They're perfect as a space to collect letters and keys, nightstand jewelry, bathroom toiletries, or those miscellaneous pens and pencils," says interior designer Christina Manzo.
We searched high and low to find high-quality, aesthetically pleasing pieces for every space. Our top choice for a catchall and valet tray is the Blomus Sono Oval Tray, a sleek and simple dish that comes in seven neutral hues. It has rounded edges and overall a very versatile design that would fit a range of homes.
Here, the best catchall and valet trays.
Best Overall: Blomus Sono Oval Tray
Easy to wipe clean
Seven colors available
Only one size available
Not dishwasher safe
With so many standout designs available, it's nearly impossible to narrow down a favorite catchall tray. But in terms of versatility and functional elegance, the Blomus Sono Oval Tray is tough to beat. It's made of silicone-coated ceramic and composite, and features rounded edges, a smooth surface, and a matte border to contrast the glossy interior.
Though the catchall tray only comes in one size, it'll fit pretty much anywhere—on a floating shelf, countertop, nightstand, or side table. You can use it to stash your keys, jewelry, reading glasses, candles, change, compact toiletries—you name it. It's available in several neutral hues, ranging from cream to taupe to charcoal.
Now, this catchall tray isn't dishwasher safe, but it's a breeze to wipe clean. Plus, unless you're placing it in a bathroom, you shouldn't have to clean it very rigorously or often. Its price is also super reasonable, especially considering the brand's two-year warranty. This combined with stunning color options, materials, and design make this catchall tray our absolute favorite you can buy.
Price at time of publish: $27
Best Budget: Luxspire PU Leather Valet Tray
Water and scratch-proof
Two sizes and four colors available
Not trying to spend too much money on your catchall tray? The Luxspire Valet Tray is a solid choice. It is made of smooth vegan leather and boasts a waterproof, scratch-proof, and easy-to-clean surface. According to the brand, the material is also resistant to stains, so you don't necessarily need to worry about spilling anything on it. (Though, we'd still handle it with care or invest in a good leather cleaner just in case.)
This valet tray comes in two sizes and four classy, versatile hues. While it has a slightly flimsy feel, this is partly by design. Made with portability in mind, you can flatten it out by unsnapping the corners and bring it with you for on-the-go use.
Price at time of publish: $15 for pack of two
Best Large: Graf Lantz Large Kawabon Leather/Merino Wool Felt Tray
Merino wool felt lining
If you're looking for something on the larger side so you can stash rings, keys, chapstick and more, the Large Kawabon Tray by Graf Lantz is your best bet. This sizable container is 12 by 10 inches, (There's also a smaller version, if you want to get a set.) which is larger than most of the options on our top picks list. It's crafted by hand from vegetable-tanned leather and features merino wool felt lining, so your items won't slip around as much and have a comfortable place to stay.
Though the catchall tray is not vegan-friendly, the materials are biodegradable, renewable, and Oeko-Tex certified for chemical safety. The tray is also naturally resistant to heat and odors. Keep in mind: it's one of the priciest options we found, but you can definitely count on quality.
Price at time of publish: $124
Best Small: H&M Small Stoneware Tray
Easy to clean
Not dishwasher safe
We also like the Small Stoneware Tray from H&M, which is just 6 inches long and 4 inches wide. The shape of this small catchall tray is reminiscent of a kidney bean—or maybe a teardrop, or perhaps an ear? In any case, the asymmetrical design is sure to make a statement and be an adorable addition to your space. It's also the perfect size for a couple of pairs of earrings, your AirPods, and maybe a bracelet, too.
This catchall tray is made of glazed ceramic and comes in four chic colors. While it's not dishwasher safe, you can wash it by hand or wipe it down as needed. The wallet-friendly price tag is a real bonus, too.
Price at time of publish: $10
Best Set: Open Spaces Nesting Trays Set of 3
Mismatched yet cohesive
Made of all different materials
Open Spaces makes our favorite set of catchall trays. This three-pack includes a small, medium, and large tray that can be nestled into one another or used separately throughout your home. The small one is ash wood, the medium is high-strength plastic, and the large is made of aluminum. While we don't love how they're made with different materials, we do find them super aesthetically pleasing.
Since they're all different materials and colors, this set doesn't quite qualify as a matching set. However, each tray's rounded corners and complementing tones are undoubtedly cohesive. In addition, the four color options are pretty chic, too, and the price point of these trays is reasonable given their quality and long-lasting design.
Price at time of publish: $48
Best Stone: Pottery Barn Agate Stone Catchall
Heavy and durable design
Only one size and color available
This catchall tray from Pottery Barn is crafted from agate slices. The semi-precious stones are hand-polished, then cast in resin. Although the tray only comes in one size, it's just right for things like reading glasses, writing utensils, keys, jewelry, or candles. It also only comes in one color, but the quartz-streaked agate is filled with so much natural beauty and endlessly versatile.
While the price is high, the upscale design might be worth splurging on for yourself or someone special, too. A stone catchall tray also adds an upscale appeal to any shelf, bookcase, or dresser. Not to mention, it's going to be more durable than some other catchall trays made of leather or even wood. At 2.3 pounds, it's also going to weigh more, so you'll want to plan to keep it one place.
Price at time of publish: $99
Best Leather: Theras Decor and Gifts Italian Leather Catchall Valet Trays
Available as a set
Takes two weeks to ship
Leather is a classic choice for catchall and valet trays. We're big fans of the asymmetrical designs from Theras Decor and Gifts. They're crafted from full-grain Italian leather—vegetable-tanned, gently molded into elegant, organic shapes, then expertly dyed in your choice of nine earth tones.
You can buy them individually or get a set of three nesting trays (including a small, medium, and large). Just a heads up: since they're made to order, they'll take about two weeks to ship out. These catchall trays are pretty expensive, too, but they're reasonable for handmade, genuine leather.
Price at time of publish: $32+
Best Wood: Holler Design Wood Coffee Tray
Pick from five wood species
Easy to clean
Only one size available
Technically a serving tray
The Holler Design Coffee Tray is made of solid, sustainably sourced lumber. It's cut by hand, sanded down, then oiled to create a smooth matte finish. You can choose from five wood species: walnut, cherry, ash, hickory, and poplar. Each has a unique color and grain pattern.
The wood is easy to clean with warm, soapy water, and can be refinished as needed with cutting board oil. This makes it relatively easy to care for, despite the product not being dishwasher safe. Now, the tray is technically labeled as a serving tray. However, it's pretty small, at just 9 by 5 inches, so we think it makes a better catchall tray. You could use it for entertaining purposes in your home down the road, though.
Price at time of publish: $34
Best for Nightstand: Rifle Paper Co. Catchall Tray
Only one size available
Style isn't versatile
Looking for something to place on your nightstand, so you can drop your belongings right before going to bed? This catchall tray from Rifle Paper Co. is an excellent, and colorful, choice. Made of porcelain and featuring one of four, full-color illustrations with subtle, gold metallic accents, you'll find that the tray brightens up your room and gives you the chance to show off your personality, too.
The designs available are very on-brand for Rifle Paper Co. We realize they're not everyone's style, but if you're drawn to florals and woodland patterns, this tray is right up your alley. Although it comes in only one size, it's a perfect bedside catchall because of its smaller dimensions that are made for earrings, rings, and all the tiniest items you love and use on a daily basis.
Price at time of publish: $26
Best for Entryway: Craighill Little Cloud Cork Catch-All Tray
Resists dents and scratches
Matches with many styles of decor
Only one size and color available
For entryways, we recommend the Little Cloud Tray by Craighill. It's made of 100 percent cork—a renewable material with impressive buoyancy. Cork is also self-repairing, so you won't have to worry about dents or scratches from your keys.
This tray only comes in one size and color. However, the curved design is ideal for housing your sunglasses, wallet, and spare change. And the natural golden-brown tone will complement traditional, modern, and mid-century decor schemes alike. You can put it on the edge of your shoe rack, a shelf of your hall tree, or on the entryway table you've set up.
Price at time of publish: $38
Best Customizable: Leatherology Square Valet Tray
Lots of colors available
Multiple personalization options
Box is ready to be wrapped
Catchall trays make great gifts, especially when they're customized. Leatherology's Square Valet Tray is made of full-grain leather and features nickel hardware. Plus, unsnapping the corners lets it lay flat for easy, stylish transport.
It comes in eight colors, ranging from cognac to black onyx to scarlet. Though this valet tray is beautiful as-is, the personalization options are very enticing, especially if you're looking to treat yourself, or someone else, to a thoughtful gift. You can opt for lettering in various fonts, a quilted decal, or a hand-painted monogram. We also appreciate that it comes in a box that's ready to be wrapped.
Price at time of publish: $80
Overall, for a catchall and valet tray, we love the Blomus Sono Oval Tray. Backed by a two-year warranty, the elegant and endlessly versatile design is a great choice for shelves, countertops, nightstands, desks, or side tables. That said, the waterproof and scratch-resistant Luxspire PU Leather Valet Tray is an excellent choice if you're on a budget.
What to Look for in a Catchall and Valet Tray
Catchall and valet trays come in a wide range of materials. Wood and ceramic tend to be sturdy and easy to clean, making them a popular choice. Although, these materials usually are not dishwasher safe, so you need to wipe them with a cloth and some warm, soapy water by hand.
Vegan leather can be wiped down as needed, whereas full-grain leather is less moisture-resistant, but longer-lasting. Then, there's self-repairing cork, which is ideal for organizing keys and those heavier knick-knacks that could leave a dent. Our "best for entryways" pick, the Little Cloud Tray by Craighill, is made of cork and is perfectly durable for collecting sharper objects.
Beyond durability and care requirements, material plays into a tray's style. "You can add personality to your space by showing off your design aesthetic with a classic brass tray, a leather-wrapped valet tray, or something even funkier with inlay marble," says interior designer Christina Manzo. A more fun pick on our list on the design front is the Rifle Paper Co. Catchall Tray that comes in several floral and woodland themes, and is perfect for organizing items on your nightstand.
Color and Customization
While catchall trays are functional, Manzo says they're just as much for decoration. With this in mind, don't overlook the color. Choose something that complements the rest of your space—whether in a similar shade or a contrasting tone that pops.
Some trays are customizable with monograms and personalized decals, too, such as Leatherology's Square Valet Tray. This is a great option when gifting a catchall tray—or buying designated trays for multiple members of your household. Each person knows where to put their belongings, since a tray has their initials on it or sports their favorite color.
Lastly, consider what size you need when purchasing a catchall tray. Catchall trays are often much smaller or larger than they appear online. Check the dimensions before buying one to make sure it'll not only hold what you need it to, but also fit on the intended surface. Small options can be great for holding earrings and rings, while larger options can house headphones, keys, chapstick, and more. It may also be worth your while to look into a set, like Open Spaces' Nesting Trays, so you have multiple sizes at your disposal for all of your organization needs.
What are catchall and valet trays used for?
Sometimes called a trinket dish, a catchall tray is meant to hold various small items that would otherwise be strewn about on a surface, or maybe in your junk drawer. The idea is to make things look tidy, while adding a decorative touch.
"A valet tray is similar to a catchall tray, but this type of tray is more where you would store your phone, wallet, keys," says Manzo. She explains that people use them to stash and organize things you'd grab when heading out the door, and take off or remove from your pockets when you get home.
Where do you put a catchall or valet tray?
Catchall and valet trays can go virtually anywhere, including your bedroom, closet, office, entryway, living room, or mudroom. "Whether placed on a coffee table, console, dresser, or nightstand, both options offer a chic solution to keeping smaller keepsakes organized and clutter-free," notes Manzo.
How can you make your own catchall or valet tray?
If you're crafty, you can make your own catchall or valet tray out of felt, leather, or fabric and cardboard. A square or rectangular design with cinched or snap-able corners is likely the simplest, easiest option.
You can also wrap a small box with wrapping paper or wallpaper. Things like old candle jars and ceramic bowls can be repurposed as trinket trays, too.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Theresa Holland is a freelance commerce writer and product tester for The Spruce, specializing in home decor, organization, and lifestyle. For this story, she interviewed interior designer Christina Manzo of Decorist, who offered insight into usage, placement, and selecting styles of catchall and valet trays. She also considered dozens of catchall trays, valet trays, and trinket dishes from various brands, narrowing the final list down to designs that stood out in terms of quality, versatility, and an overall aesthetic.