They used to be – almost without exception – grey, metal and clunky. Now, though, you can find filing cabinets in all manner of colours, shapes and materials – and it’s a good job, because for so many of us now, our offices are in our homes and if you have to live alongside a piece of functional furniture, you want it to look good as well. Here are our five favourites.
Mira Filing Cabinet – £399, Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis
We love the neutral colour scheme and subtle curves of this smart filing cabinet from Ebbe Gehl, created exclusively by the Danish designer for John Lewis. Part of a range that has rounded frames, it’s made from a combination of solid oil oak and MDF and features a large filing drawer beneath a smaller drawer for your office supplies. Quality craftsmanship ensures this piece is as hardwearing as it is stylish.
Why have three drawers when you can have…15?! All your filing needs will be met by this fabulous Bisley cabinet, which is both strong and quiet. Each drawer sits on roller-bearing slides and has an efficient closing device for ease of use. This steel cabinet is available in mimosa (lime green!), mandarin (orange!), garnet, white, black and anthracite as well as in the bright cardinal red colour pictured.
Esme Filing Cabinet in Ash – £149, Made.com
You can always rely on Made.com for beautiful cutting-edge furniture at a bargain price, and this super-cute Esme filing cabinet is no exception. It’s part of a collection influenced by ’60s design (we recommend you check out the truly fabulous matching wall desk!) and made from bended plywood sheets and ash veneer. It has a simple shelf as well as a drawer fitted with hanging rails, which is perfect for the storage of A4 suspension files.
Shiro Walnut 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet – £399, Baumhaus
Baumhaus have decades of expert skill in the manufacture of quality furniture and this is evident in this fabulously chunky Shiro walnut two-drawer filing cabinet. Perfect for a modern study or home office, it is made from solid walnut with a satin lacquer finish and two antique-style bronze handles. If you really love the look, then matching sideboards, bookcases and table nests are also available.
Aston Oak Two Drawer Filing Cabinet – £319.95, Furniture in Fashion
Fans of contemporary style will appreciate the simple shape of this Aston filing cabinet, which has been made from solid oak with veneers. Its handles are formed from brushed steel and its two drawers are equipped with hanging rails perfect for the suspension of foolscap files. Part of a wider range of home office furniture, it’s finished in lacquer which emphasises the natural grain of the oak while ensuring durability.