Designing an office can be one of the most challenging spaces in your entire home. Not only does your space need to be extremely functional, it also should be stylish. But how does one achieve that when you're constantly inundated with furniture options that look like they came right out of the workplace? You don't want drab, boring, and stuffy in your home office. Thankfully there are usually a multitude of options available for you when it comes to desks, chairs, and basic bookshelf storage. But file cabinets tend to be the odd man out. Seriously, why is it so hard to find a decent looking filing cabinet? We've done some leg work and pulled in a few examples of some quality cabinets that will get the job done (and look good doing it).
CB2 TPS File Cabinet ($159)
Rarely do file cabinets come in a myriad of color options. Thankfully, CB2 covers many of the bases from neutral to more bold pops of color like red and lime green. Two drawers up top provide room for pencils and other miscellaneous office supplies. We like the molded handles and the over-all modern feel of the drawer unit. Added castors are an additional bonus.
Bisley 3-Drawer File Cabinet ($179)
Bisley is a leader in office storage. Although this look is much more conservative compared to the CB2 model, these lockable file cabinets are still quite handsome looking. And their quality simply can not be beat. If you live near a Container Store or similar Bisley retailer, we encourage you to go in and try them out.
Room and Board Align ($699)
This file cabinet is so stylish it can blend right into your living room decor. The dark wood is a nice rich texture which will warm up any home office. If you're living in a studio or similar small-space environment, this could be an excellent side table while simultaneously functioning as your office file cabinet.
MUJI Steel Desk Cabinet ($265)
Ahh Muji, where can you go wrong? This milky-white cabinet is a perfect example of MUJI's minimalistic design sense. The cabinet is described as fitting Muji's "'Chodo-Yoi', the notion of seeking the 'just right balance' between quality and price."
Blu Dot Filing Cabinet No. 1 ($199)
Another excellent example of a minimalist file cabinet is this barebones offering from Blu Dot. It is lockable and contains casters for easy moving but the feature we like the most are the handle-less drawers.
West Elm Pratt File Cabinet ($129)
Designed in collaboration with the Pratt Institute, this file cabinet fits well with the rest of the Pratt Collection from West Elm. It has a strong mid-century feel which will blend well with offices that doesn't have much contemporary decor. The non-traditional design is also a welcome change to the archetypal form we're all accustomed to.