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Always Have a Place for Your Drink with These Clip-on Desk Cup Holders

When you spend a lot of time at your desk as a student or teacher, it’s inevitable that you’ll also want to have a glass of water or a cup of coffee nearby. But if your desk space is limited, you’ll need to think outside of the box so that you always have a drink handy but aren’t creating spill hazards. We’re highlighting a few top clip-on cup holders that can anchor to your desk whether you’re a student in the classroom or a teacher working at a cramped desk.

This clip-on desk cup holder can accommodate cups up to 3 inches in diameter. We like that it’s available in 12 colors and that you can even get it in a two-pack set.

We like that this clip-on desk cup holder offers the widest table compatibility, with a clamp that can accommodate surfaces as thick as 1.85 inches.

In addition to being compatible with music stands, this clip-on desk cup holder can also work with drum hardware, too — making it perfect for music teachers.

We like that this is another simple clip-on desk cup holder that doesn’t require clamps. It’s also quite portable and can fold flat when not in use.

Expert Commentary

Keeping your favorite drink near your computer or delicate furniture can be risky when you don’t have a spill-proof mug or bottle. These clip-on cup holders grip firmly onto your work surfaces, allowing you to stay hydrated while keeping your equipment clean and dry. Most cups and other containers fit into them as they feature standard-sized compartments.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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