Furniture Office / September 26, 2018 / Barry Caya
Sometimes it’s better to make a highlight of your filing cabinet than to pretend it’s not there or try to hide it. The fact is, we’ve all got important papers and records we need to store, and it takes space to do that. A bright color can be enough to make a filing cabinet a showpiece, and when it’s set against a wall that helps it shine, so much the better. This chalkboard backdrop is just what this orange filing cabinet needed to make it really pop. Home offices are all about work and getting things done, so they are well suited to an industrial look. Find a metallic or rustic black filing cabinet and you’re one step closer to creating a workspace with this kind of edge. Next steps? A chair and desk that sing along with it. Think leather, aged wood and function over form. A filing system with multiple drawers removes the need for your files to hang vertically, and can be far less imposing in a home office. When it looks as good as this filing cabinet, there’s no reason not to make a change.
Sometimes less is more. The Walter is flat surface top with a drawer on each side. The rolled and hexagon steel legs gives the desk a feeling of floating in the air. The top and drawers are made from reclaimed oak wood making this one of the most environmentalist desks around. A little bit of the right music can stimulate and improve concentration and production. Or so I have heard. But do you really need an excuse to have a desk with built in speakers? Behind cabinet doors are two 4inch high efficiency full range drivers with titanium cones and paired with a 1/4inch subwoofer. The speakers can be used with wireless streaming for a wire free work surface. The Laura desk is writing desk that is simple yet functional and modern. The three cubbies at the back end hides two ports back in the shadow. There are two angled drawers for simple storage solutions for small items like pens, paperclips, smartphones and notebooks. The Locus Sphere workstation is another standing desk.
It doesn’t matter how much time and effort you spend getting the look of your home office just right; if you have an ugly filing cabinet, the whole room tends to sag in disappointment. But it needn’t. Rather than being a bulky eyesore, a filing cabinet can both fade into the background and be a valuable home office addition that does far more than just keep your affairs in order. These ideas are sure to inspire a change. No need to clutter up a sleek home office with extra chairs if you need them only once in a while. Add a cushioned top to a filing cabinet on wheels, and you’ve got an extra seat for guests whenever the occasion arises. Coordinate the color of your cabinet with your desk and other room elements, and it will go unnoticed when not in use — just slide it under your desk so it’s out of the way. If you can squeeze a sofa into your home office, do so at once.