In the past year, our home offices have taken on a whole new level of significance. What was once a space for the occasional working-from-home day quickly became the centre of our everyday working lives.
Many of us soon realised the importance of having a functional space that allowed us to separate the 9-5 with our down-time, but the chaos of a dramatic year saw lots of us making do with what we had, and getting by with a far-from-ideal environment to focus in.
Now, as we gear up to spend at least the first few months of 2021 working from our at-home desks, the novelty of spending our days on Zoom calls with dodgy Wifi has certainly worn off. But, the need for a functional space with hardworking office furniture has not.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to give your home study an overhaul, your office storage is the ideal place to start. Having somewhere to properly store your ever expanding collection of books, correspondence, stationary and supplies clutter won’t only leave your space looking better, but it’ll give you a better sense of focus by default.
These stylish filing cabinets will make the perfect addition to your working-from-home space – read on to discover our five favourites!
And for more storage solutions, check out our round-up of the best seagrass storage baskets.
The best stylish filing cabinets
If you’ve accumulated a lot of paperwork that needs a home, this is the storage solution for you. Standing 116cm tall and boasting twelve drawers, this Cox & Cox filing cabinet is a bureaucratic beast. And even when you’ve filled it to the brim with all your files and folders, the attached castor wheels mean it’s still easy to move the unit around your work space.
Crafted in distressed-look black iron, it’s got a vintage industrial vibe that looks stylish as well as professional. If that’s a look you love, consider pairing with a matching desk.
Bridget-Malikia 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet
This postbox-red lockable filing cabinet from Wayfair brand 17 Stories would bring a welcome pop of colour into a neutral office decor, or add to the fun in a bold, contemporary scheme. With two small drawers suitable for stationery and other accessories and one filing drawer large enough to hold plenty of paperwork, this filing cabinet offers plenty of room – while at 60cm tall it’s still small enough to slide under most desks on its castor wheels.
Mustard Made Blush Midi Locker
Since their launch in 2018, Mustard Made lockers have made quite an impact on the interiors scene, and it’s easy to see why… Not only do these stylish filing cabinets come in a huge range of on-trend tones, but they’re also really cleverly designed.
Whether you opt for beautiful blush, berry, sage, or any of the other vivid colours, each locker opens to reveal two adjustable shelves (in four parts), two handy hooks, a cable hole and wall attachment points. On the outside are two sleek handles, locks and custom keyrings, which give them a traditional American high school look, but with a bright contemporary twist.
If you’re in the mood to organise, you can also purchase matching baskets that slot perfectly into the lockers and make your life a whole lot easier, or, to further customise the storage, you can purchase extra shelves. These cabinets are a storage-lover’s dream, available at Urban Outfitters!
Stow Filing Cabinet, Vintage Brass
This stunning, apothecary-style filing cabinet from Made.com is a really special investment piece. Hand-welded in India, it has a vintage-industrial feel that makes it the ideal stylish office storage for modern and period decor schemes alike.
Made of powder-coated iron, the cabinet has three generous-sized drawers that are deep enough to accommodate A4 drop files, and wide enough to store away any working-from-home equipment.
We particularly love the aged brass finish on these drawers, but if brass isn’t quite your thing, it also comes in a warm copper colourway. Whichever you choose, we can guarantee it’ll be a talking point in your home!
M101 Price Comparison: Stow Filing Cabinet, Vintage Brass
Bisley Metal Filing Cabinet 2 Drawer
With two lockable pull-out drawers sized to comfortably hold documents up to A4, this Bisley filing cabinet is the ideal compact solution for a smaller office space. However, its real appeal is the wide range of colours to choose from – we’re partial to hot pink (above), but this model comes in vivid shades including orange, red, azure, mustard and lime green, as well as neutral white and black.
Vintage Mango Wood Storage Unit
Every item of furniture at Maisons du Monde is inspired by design from around the world, past and present, and their office furniture is no exception.
This stylish mango wood semainier chest, for example, combines vintage colours and finishes with a unique contemporary design, making it as interesting to look at as it is practical.
Thanks to the varying size and shape of draws, this specific chest is ideal for storing all sorts of office stationary, and will easily fit multiple acrylic drawer dividers if you’re after a Marie Kondo-style storage space.
The top of the unit also provides the perfect space to house something like a printer or box files. If you’re after a more ‘Instagrammable’ office space, however, it’s the perfect place to style some aesthetically pleasing desk accessories – think luxe metallic scissors, quirky pen pots and somewhere to pin motivational quotes!
Hiba Cabinet with Cupboard and 4 Labelled Drawers
This Hiba cabinet from La Redoute, aka the home of chic French interiors, is the perfect stylish office storage if you love a retro look. Inspired by neo-industrial design, the matt black lacquer finish will look slick against most wall colours, while the label holders give it an authentically vintage feel.
The four drawers are ideal for hiding away books, stationary and office supplies, whilst the cupboard compartment gives you ample space to store a stack of filing boxes. This piece looks particularly great styled with other vintage accessories – try adding some quirky flea market apothecary bottles, an antique globe or a 60s-style flip clock.
Eisenhauer 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet
Featuring quality particleboard and a sleek steel frame, this stylish filing cabinet will look right at home in an industrial-style décor scheme, add an interesting edge to a country cottage, or bring an accent of natural warmth to a minimalist home office.
With black metal sides and four 360° swivel wheels, 2 of which have brakes to keep it in place, it’s also incredibly practical – not only can you move it around your home office with complete ease, but you can quickly add sticky labels and memos to the unit without having to reach for a notebook.
The drawers inside are fully extendable, and the perfect dimensions to store letters or even books. It’s a great height for slotting under a desk, but we’d style it next to our desk with a cool houseplant on top.
White Habitat Filing Cabinet
Sometimes simple is best, and if you’re looking for a filing cabinet that won’t overwhelm your space or décor scheme, this Pepper pedestal cabinet from Habitat, via Argos, is perfectly understated.
Although this sleek storage cabinet it has a wood effect finish, it’s actually made from melamine, which makes it super hardwearing, scratch and flame resistant. It features two drawers that are easy close and non-locking, so you can grab whatever paperwork you need with ease, as well as a roomy cupboard, where you can keep all your stationary and supplied neatly organised in baskets.
Zane tall filing cabinet
There are so many great things about this Furniture Village cabinet. Firstly, it’s super tall with a mix of open shelves and push-open cupboards, meaning that you can easily display the things that you want out to give your space a personalised look, but tidy away the things that you don’t. It’s made of melamine, so it’s extremely strong, scratch and stain-resistant, and it can be assembled in reverse, so you can fully personalise it to suit your space and make it appear bespoke.
The white and warm Navarra oak finish means that this cabinet will look good in almost any existing décor scheme, but we think it looks best in a pared-back Scandi space with light walls, warm wooden finishes and fresh green houseplants. If this particular cabinet is too tall for your space, it also comes in a 120cm version, and there’s even a matching corner desk if you want the whole set.
Looking for more practical and stylish storage solutions? Don’t miss our feature on the best seagrass storage baskets, our round-up of quirky decorative wall hooks, or our inspiring ideas for towel storage.
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