Best Leather Desk Pads for the Office 2020 Detailed Review

Best Leather Desk Pads for the Office 2020 Detailed Review.

Best Leather Desk Pads for the Office: When you take the time to write a letter by hand, it’s clear you’re not just communicating a message. You’re creating something that’s intentionally more artful and personal. 


If you’ve ever been writing on a surface that just didn’t feel right, then you know what a desk pad brings to the table. Anyone who’s written on a hard surface with a fountain pen will be familiar with the disastrous results.

And even the most handsome wooden furniture won’t be comfortable to press your hand against for hours on end while writing. 

As you’re writing by hand, you want the surface you’re writing against to have just the right amount of resistance against your pen. Using your typical coffee table or desk, you’ll end up with small imperfections in the craft that detail-oriented people just can’t ignore.

The surface you’re writing against shouldn’t be as firm as a piece of finished wood, but it also can’t be so soft that you end up pushing your pen through the page. And that precise firmness is exemplified by the natural feel of leather. 

Nekmit Leather Desk Blotter

Nekmit Leather Desk Blotter

If you love the aesthetic and feel of leather but you don’t love the price of top-quality leather goods, then the next best thing is blotter.

Although technically made from plastic, this faux leather offers a more than passable immigration of the soft and supple feel of leather.

If you’re looking to double your desk pad as a mousepad, you’ll also appreciate that the blotter texture makes it suitable for both optical and laser mice. Some evenly dark or reflective surfaces can cause issues with your mouse, but that isn’t an issue here at all. 

Cut & Build 

With Nekmit’s variable size options, you’ll have no problem finding a pad that’s large enough to place everything you might want to stick on it, including your keyboard, mouse, journal, or other documents.

The backside uses another faux-leather for non-slip backing, which is effective at preventing slip on just about any furniture. 

Dacasso Chocolate Brown (34″ x 20″) Leather Desk Pad 

Dacasso Chocolate Brown (34″ x 20″) Leather Desk Pad 

If you’re looking for authentic leather, Dacasso provides them with their elegant and smooth chocolate brown desk pad.

It uses top-grain leather, which is the most commonly used type for high-end leather products, and the second-highest quality leather after full-grain. With immense resistance to strain, Dacasso is built to last through an entire career. 

One thing leather fanatics should note is that top-grain leather tends to develop a less natural patina over time. Patina is that weathered look that leather collects with time, what makes leather age so distinctly and beautifully. While top-grain still develops a patina, it’s not nearly as distinctive. 

Cut & Build 

The pad itself is cut to 34″ x 20″, making it ideal for a standard-sized desk. The outer edges of the pad are accented with side rails are 3-inches each, approximately the width of a business card.

You can use those rails to tuck-in calendars, cards, and other documents. They’ll provide a firm hold, and are finely stitched in place to keep that firm hold over time. 

Harber London Leather & Felt Desk Mat

Harber London Leather & Felt Desk Mat 

Comprised of Full Grain Vegetable tanned cowhide leather, the Harber London Desk Mat is a great choice. Boasting a minimalist design that’s accompanied by a thick wool base, it offers an attractive look with a subtle amount of cushion.

Sturdy and built to last, the leather ages beautifully over time, forming a natural patina that keeps it attractive for years to come. 

Located on the top is a small slit that keeps your desktop (keyboard, mouse) cables neat and tidy. It’s a nice touch that keeps your workspace from becoming a tangled and unorganized mess.

On the front-middle, the Harber London logo is ingrained for an added touch of style. In addition, it’s available in three colors; tan, black or navy – all very attractive tones in our opinion.  

Cut & Build 

Unlike some deck mats that we’ve reviewed previously, the Harber London mat is available in two different sizes – medium or extra-large. The medium version is likely appropriate for most workspaces, measuring 19.68″ x 11.81″ (50 x 30 cm).

In fact, it’s about the right size for a Macbook Pro or a small notebook. If you feel like you’ll need a bit more space, we recommend the XL version. It’s 31.49″ x 17.71″ (80 x 45 cm) so it’s definitely on the larger side, but an excellent choice for those needing a bit more desktop coverage. 

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Final Thoughts 

If you don’t have a special affinity for the quality of leather, you’ll be satisfied with Nekmit’s “leather” blotter. In terms of faux leather, it’s extremely passable.

It’s elegant and fundamentally as effective as the other desk pads here. Plus, it’s especially valuable for placing optical mice that may have issues on uniformly-dark surfaces like some pads. 

If you want a high quality built with a distinctive brown aesthetic which would be at home in any law office, you’ll be satisfied with Dacasso’s top-grain leather pad.

It has a side railing, felt backing, and looks as high-end as it feels. The only sticking point with Dacasso is the lack of sizing options. The standard 34″ x 20″ sizing will work with most desks, but people with desks that are larger or smaller than average will probably want to look elsewhere. 

And finally, if you’re looking for quality above all else, then you want Harber London Desk Mat. Using full-grain leather, you won’t find higher quality products on the market.

After years of ownership, it will develop the full patina distinctive of the highest quality leather. And with a soft and subtle felt base, this pad is where elegance converges with convenience and graceful aging.

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