We can't be the only ones obsessed with restaurant equipment. Watching Top Chef is like flipping through a catalog, only we're taking notes on industrial kitchen furniture and tools instead of recipes. And as a bonus, gear from restaurant supply stores can be a bargain from boutique decor shops. Here are a few inspired ideas for using industrial restaurant equipment in your home office.
Ticket Holder as a Pin Board
Although you don't need to keep track of order tickets in your office, you probably still want to pin up notes, reminders and inspiring photos. Martha Stewart (top image) shows how an aluminum "check minder" can get the job done looking chic and grown up (and not like a dorm room wall).
Get it: 30" Order Holder, $12.57
Steam Table Pans as Drawer Organizers
If they work to organize a buffet spread, they'll definitely be able to tackle your desk's junk drawer. These steam table pans, also called "loaf pans" or "hotel pans", come in lots of different sizes to custom fit your desk space, as Real Simple shows us.
Get it: Steam Table Pans, $6 and up
Straw Dispenser to Hold Pencils & Pens
Did you ever get in trouble as a kid for playing with those spinning straw dispensers at the local diner? Well they're just as fun to play with now that you're older, and there's nobody to tell you "no."
Get it: Straw Dispenser, $7.80
Kitchen Bus Cart as a Shelf or Desk
If you want to bring a huge touch of industrial style to your workspace, try using a stainless steel kitchen bus cart as a bookshelf, printer shelf or even laptop table. This Apartment Therapy post shows lots of different ways you can use a kitchen cart to organize your office.
Get it: Utility Cart, $164.72
(Images: Burcu Avsar for MarthaStewart.com, David Prince for RealSimple.com, Museum of Useful Things, MarthaStewart.com)