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.
Five stylish filing cabinets
Iron Cabinet, £395, Cox & Cox
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.
Mustard Made Blush Midi Locker, £299.00, Urban Outfitters
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, £349, Made.com
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!
Small Gold Metal 4-drawer Storage Unit, £88, Maisons du Monde
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 four-drawer, stylish filing cabinet, for example, combines simple Scandi design with Art Deco-inspired metallic legs, making it as interesting to look at as it is practical.
The woven cane and ombre pink fronted drawers are the ideal size 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, £270, La Redoute
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.
Calvert 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet, £212.99, Wayfair
Featuring a manufactured wood frame with slatted sides, studded metal accents and wire, 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 removable wheels and a chalkboard-fronted drawer, it’s also incredibly practical – not only can you move it around your home office with complete ease, but you can quickly add labels and memos to the front without having to reach for a piece of paper and a pen.
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.
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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