As mentioned before, some of us here work mostly off of a laptop and therefore haven't been using a mouse for the past couple years. We recently discovered the joy of using a mouse again and have now run into the problem of scratching up the bottom - and so the mouse pad search begins!
Whether you're a circle type of mousepad user or square, there's a lot of great selections out there and we started our search with Poketo's new line of mousepads. Here were some of our favorites:
Parasol ($12): Described as a "playground of color" this circular mousepad instantly caught our eye. We remember back in the day when mousepads used to be made of thick, foamy material. The Parasol mousepad is slim so you don't feel the height difference between your wrist and the table, which is good since most of us are used to skipping the mousepad all together.
Hanako Clulow Mousepad ($15): This mousepad by artist Hanako Clulow combines two of our favorite things in life: bears and bicycles. Poketo's square mousepads come with sponge rubber that grips the table for the more vigorous mouse users.
We also looked to some of our favorite Etsy shops for some mousepad inspiration. Here were some top picks:
Honeycomb Pattern with Monogram ($16): If you want to get personal, Rougeandco makes a series of patterned mousepads that can be printed with any name or monogram. You can choose the pattern color, accent color and a monogram or font style. Come to think of it, it's a good gift idea.
Tandum Bike Mousepad ($10): We know, we're back to the bikes. But there's something fun about staring at vehicles for outdoor activity when you're inside working in front of a computer. We also like the simplicity of this black and white design.
We also began exploring with different materials and found a leather and felt option.
Custom Leather ($25): doneLeather at Etsy makes handsome leather mousepads that hand-cut, hand-stamped and hand-finished to your custom specifications. The stamping customization is free – not a bad deal for the fine craftsmanship that goes into it.
Merino Wool Mousepad ($18): For those who want a warm and comfortable mousepad, feltplanet makes a set of circular felt mousepads made of merino wool. The mousepad is designed to be slightly larger than your average mousepad, giving you more wristroom and a softer feel. It comes in a variety of colors. We have our eye on turquoise or natural.
8 Days-A-Week Mousepad ($13): There's something motivating about looking at a calendar, and now you can stare at one while you work with this calendar mousepad at See Jane Work. The clever mousepad also adds an extra day for things you've schedule to complete "someday."