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How Do I Choose the Best Filing Cabinet?

Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus

As a guideline for choosing the best filing cabinet for your home, think of what would work the most effectively for the area in which it will be used. For instance, filing cabinets made to fit under a desk can be great space savers or two of them plus a desktop board can even help you create a mini home office. A tall filing cabinet can make the best use of vertical space and may allow you an extra drawer or two to store home office equipment or supplies. There are many different colors available in filing cabinets from light to dark in metals and wood tones.

A hardwood filing cabinet is going to cost you more than a faux wood or metal one, yet it can be a good investment if you're looking for a design that will appear to be more like furniture. Especially if your home office is in an open concept space such as in a kitchen or nook area, choosing a cabinet that will coordinate with cupboards and/or furniture can be attractive. Even if your budget dictates that you choose faux wood, a pine color could work with your light wood furniture, while an espresso should blend well with dark wooden pieces.

Filing cabinets come in a variety of different sizes and colors.
Filing cabinets come in a variety of different sizes and colors.

Black and white are other options for home filing cabinets, depending on your decor. If you want to add creative color to brighten up a basement home office or just better suit your home, choosing a metal filing cabinet in an accent shade can be a good idea. Colored metal office cabinets may be more difficult to find than classic neutral ones, but spray painting them can be a quick and easy solution. A good tip for doing this is to start painting on the back of the cabinet first.

Deciding between a two-drawer or more cabinet is easiest after you consider your home office space as well as the amount of papers you'll have to file. Getting extra filing cabinets can be a good way to make your work space look neater in your home since extra office supplies and equipment can be stored out of sight while still being easy to access. If space is tight and you need an inexpensive desk, using a top of wood or tempered glass resting on two under-desk height filing cabinets can create a handy solution. Under-desk types of filing cabinets are also ideal to save space when you already have a desk set up in your home.

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In a house that needs extra effort to keep things in order, make sure you use furniture that is appropriate in size. You can use a filing cabinet for a dual purpose: as a cabinet itself and as a space saver.

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      Filing cabinets come in a variety of different sizes and colors.