Furniture Office / September 26, 2018 / Barry Caya
Some metal file cabinets have stops that prevent more than two file drawers being open at one time. Wood lateral file cabinets are easier to incorporate into an office decorating scheme because they come in colors that match other office furniture. Wood lateral file cabinets are typically made from medium density, laminated fiberboard and usually have ball-bearing slides for smooth drawer opening and closing. They are generally made to hold either business size files or legal size files. They come in styles that resemble low profile dressers, with decorative pulls, and they also come in sleeker styles with "half moon" shaped indents built in instead of pulls or handles. Wood finishes of every kind are available, including paint finishes. Lateral file cabinets - particularly those made from wood - are very popular in home offices, particularly when the home office doubles as a bedroom, dining room, or family room. They look much more "homey" than standard metal vertical file cabinets, and are much easier to incorporate into any decor scheme. Less expensive models require assembly, but usually the only tool needed is a screwdriver. More expensive models will be pre-assembled.
It should be functional and comfortable. Although having a customized desk built to fit your specific space can be expensive, the good news is that there are many DIY options out there for a DIY computer desk. These can be made into a corner desk, a closet desk, or really any size or shape your home office space requires. And, best of all, since you’ve made it yourself, the desk will be completely original. For this project, you’ll simply need a corner desk (like Ikea’s Effective Desk) and a pair of wooden file cabinets. The first step is to paint the desk top and the cabinets in white. Remove the legs and hardware from the desk, then add some braces to the back corner that, in this case, have been fashioned out of metal plates and banister inserts.
It not only will cozy up the space and make it a far more inviting place in which to work, but if it’s a sofabed, your home office can double as a guest room. Place a lamp on a filing cabinet by the couch and it will act as a lamp table by day and as a bedside table whenever guests stay over. Portable, expandable filing systems are just as functional as those in more substantial filing cabinets, but their real advantage is that they can be stashed out of sight. Old suitcases like these could hold all of your important papers in fabulous eclectic style. Old cabinets and chests of drawers are other handy places for stashing cardboard or plastic expandable filing systems. Once you consider the alternatives, a traditional metal filing cabinet is unlikely ever to enter your home office again. Nothing adds more warmth and charm to a room than a relic from the past, and when it’s in natural wood form, the effect is multiplied. Look for industrial-style or antique filing options in secondhand stores or get the look with a reproduction. This one packs in a lot of filing space and adds charm to this otherwise simple home office.