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Things Could Be Worse Trays

Item: Rectangular Blue Tray

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Birchwood with melamine-coating serving trays decorated with Things Could Be Worse patterns. We call it Things Could Be Worse because it includes reminders that, no matter how poorly your day is going, things could be worse. You could also be plagued by pterodactyls, pursued by rogue robots, pestered by zombie poodles.

Find more Things Could Be Worse items here.

Dimensions & More Info

Rectangular Trays: 14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)

Round Trays: 15" diameter (38 cm)


  • Designed by Don Moyer and initially launched as his 65th Kickstarter project in 2023.
  • Made at the Åry workshop in Nybro, Sweden.
  • The core of the trays are multiple layers of FSC-certified birchwood veneer coated in melamine.
  • Food safe.
Use & Care

You’ll be amazed at how many uses trays have in the kitchen, for entertaining, managing snacks on the ottoman, organizing paperwork, and bringing order to your boudoir. If you want, you can have your minions deliver important correspondence to you on a tray.

Do not heat these trays in an oven or microwave.

We recommend washing by hand since the detergents used in home dishwashers are so rough.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information:

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Where it's made

Our trays are made at the Åry workshop in Nybro, Sweden. The team takes sheets of FSC®-certified birch veneer, and smooshes them together with melamine goop using high heat and pressure. Åry has been producing high quality products in their own factory since 1952. All the raw material for our trays are sourced within Europe.

Who we are

Calamityware is a small, eight-person, one-dog company headquartered in Pittsburgh. We love bringing the darkly whimsical view of our founder and chief monster-maker, Don Moyer, to life. Our products are high quality, meticulously manufactured items that make wonderful gifts for you and other weird-adjacent people in your life. Our goal is to make you smile.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
marjorie d.

Very nice trays. Sturdy and decorative. I got the blue ones and am saving up for the red ones to use next Christmas. I have quite a few pieces from this company and I enjoy using all the pieces.


Love it! Everything from the small family owned company is fabulous.

Beautiful Trays

I use trays frequently in my life. These Calamity trays are beautiful! Just the right size for a tea tray; for lap project work; carrying lunch to the outside patio; organizing the mail; gathering ingredients for a favorite recipe... So happy I bought these. The trays are also wonderful gifts.


Wife loves these old school trays