One of the things that makes filing cabinets so great is that 90% of the ones we've seen used in homes have been vintage repurposed pieces. The worn in look, clean lines and boxy figures are the qualities that we love about filing cabinets. Those are also the qualities that make them look so great in combination with modern design.
We enjoy the look of filing cabinets as-is because they offer a rustic element to clean modern spaces. They not only look amazing but they provide ample storage in smaller homes. Repurpose a filing cabinet in the living room as a coffee table, in the dining room as a credenza or find two smaller matching filing cabinets and use them as bedside tables in the bedroom.
If you have a filing cabinet and aren't too keen on its current state — they're so easy to paint, wallpaper or transform into double duty pieces. Take the drawers out into the backyard and transform them into fun planters or attach a countertop to the backside of a cabinet and it becomes a functional island in the kitchen.
• Jordan Carlson Cabinet, Design*Sponge
• Make Over Your Filing Cabinet
• Filing Cabinet Garden, Tree Hugger
• DIY File Cabinet Island
• Working File Cabinets Into Your Decor
How would you repurpose a filing cabinet?
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