Find some of the best small filing cabinets for your home office. We featured 11 of them organized by different categories.
The filing cabinet is a staple storage solution for the home, home office and business. Although it has remained pretty much the same since its introduction, there are several considerations to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the best one. One of which is to identify its various types and purposes.
Size, cost, finishes and the materials it is made of are other factors to look into. The features of a filing cabinet such as locks, mobility and drawer extension may also be added bonus.
Table of Contents
- A. Lateral Filing Cabinets
- B. Vertical Filing Cabinets
- C. Mobile Filing Cabinets
- D. Conclusion
A. Lateral Filing Cabinets
1. Princeton Lateral File Cabinet for Home Office
Even though it has a low height, there’s quite a bit of room in the vertical drawers. You could easily store four filing cabinets’ worth of papers, documents, or larger items like artwork. Plus, it’s not as wide as two separate filing cabinets set up side by side, so you’re saving even more space by choosing lateral-sized drawers.
You also want a filing cabinet that’s durable enough to be filled to the brim, without tipping over when you open one of the drawers. This cabinet has a hefty weight of almost 72 pounds, and its drawers easily glide open for easy document retrieval. In size, it is 17.99” deep (from front to back), 29.84” wide, and 29.25” high. That gives you plenty of storage space!
- You can fit either letter or legal sized documents
- Contemporary appearance
- Huge amount of storage
- Can be difficult to assemble
2. Olivia 2 Drawer Lateral File Cabinet
This little cabinet packs a lot of storage into a tiny space. At only 22” high, it could easily slide under a tabletop to create a writing desk or become a small printer stand. The 18” depth gives it a nice wide lateral file drawer for fitting plenty of documents, manuals, and notes. It’s 15.75” in width, making it smaller than most end tables.
One of the best features of this filing cabinet is its separate upper drawer, which you could use for extra paper or office supplies.
- Two separate drawers for storage
- Three colors to choose from
- Sturdy and won’t tip over
- The exterior is a wood grain laminate, not real wood
3. Walt 2 Drawer Lateral Filing Cabinet
There’s nothing quite like a metal filing cabinet. It’s the choice for professionals in many fields, including law, medicine, and bookkeeping. This one comes with front leveling glides and hanging rails. One of the reasons why professionals choose metal filing cabinets is because they lock. You can lock both drawers, and an interlocking mechanism allows you to only open one at a time. Excellent for classified documents and sensitive material.
This handsome filing cabinet is 27.5” high, 30” wide, and only 17.63” deep, giving it a relatively small footprint with plenty of document storage space. The drawer interior space is 11.25” high, 27” wide, and 16” deep.
- Made from 30% recycled materials
- Extremely durable and will last for years
- Locking drawers
- Prone to dents during shipping
B. Vertical Filing Cabinets
1. Worton 2 Drawer Vertical Filing Cabinet
It has plenty of great features, including high-side, lockable drawers that hold letter-sized files or folders and wide, sturdy handles to open them cleanly. It’s built like a tank or, rather like a storage cube. It also comes in two colors of black or putty.
As for size, this filing cabinet is 24.5” high, 14.25” wide, and only 18” deep, so it takes up very little space. Once you plunk this down in a corner of your office, it’ll quietly do its job holding files for years to come.
- Very sturdy and durable to last for years
- Weighs less than twenty pounds
- Lockable drawers
- Wire file holders aren’t included
2. Orange City 2 Drawer Filing Cabinet
When you choose this vertical filing cabinet to store papers, documents, or office supplies, you’ll help clear up clutter, too. It is small but mighty and weighty enough to not tip over, even when the drawers are fully stuffed.
Overall, it’s only 26.25” high, 15.75” wide, and 16.8” deep, so its floor footprint space is less than two square feet. You can use this as a small printer stand or it can do double duty as a bookshelf, too.
- Two full extension file drawers
- Simple, clean design style
- Takes up little room
- Made from MDF, not real wood or metal
3. Belham Living Cambridge 2-Drawer Wood File Cabinet
Sturdy metal railings and shiny silver dome-shaped handles complete the polished appearance of this little filing cabinet. It stores much more than a singular file drawer, and yet is small enough to fit into a home office, apartment or condo.
It’s 18” wide, 19” deep, and 29.25” high, made of wood with wood veneers.
- Plenty of filing storage space with two drawers
- Comes in two colors
- Sturdy construction
- Drawers do not lock
C. Mobile Filing Cabinets
1. Lorell 16873 2-Drawer Mobile File Cabinet
It is a two-drawer vertical filing cabinet that comes in a sleek, industrial gray color, with two letter sized lockable drawers excellent for document storage and retrieval. The drawer fronts are embossed to give it a snazzy design flair. As an added safety bonus, the drawers only come out three-quarters of the way, so that helps prevent tipping.
In size, this small filing cabinet is 24.5” high, 14.3” wide, and 18” in depth. The casters are optional, so you can park this cabinet in a permanent spot if you want.
- Steel construction for durability
- Baked enamel finish in gray
- Lock secures both drawers
- Wheels don’t lock in place
2. Giantex Rolling File Cabinet
You can easily pull the drawers in or out of the frame, and you can also reposition them pretty easily, too. The drawers are made from sturdy canvas that’s simple to keep clean, and they come with oval recessed openings to easily pull them out.
Overall, this file cabinet is 27.2” high, 11” wide, and 16.9” in depth, with each drawer being 13.8” long, 9.8” wide, and 4.7” high.
- Removable drawers
- The frame has steel pipe for sturdiness
- Strong enough to support a printer on top
- Does not hold vertical files
3. Gigi 2 Drawer Mobile File Cabinet
In addition to the modern look, this small filing cabinet also has casters to roll it wherever you need to. That’s an especially important feature in a filing cabinet, which quickly gets heavy due to all the paperwork you can stuff in there.
The drawers are full high-side with a smooth glide suspension. Additionally, this filing cabinet is made of 30% recycled materials, making it eco-friendly. In size, it’s 26.5” high, 14.25” wide, and 18” deep.
- Lightweight and easy to move around
- Contemporary design
- Lockable drawers
- Assembly instructions are confusing
4. Alera Mobile Pedestal File Cabinet
Also, it moves around on easily gliding and locking casters for simple mobility. That makes it perfect for a busy office, either in a business or one in your home. Inside the drawers is a legal conversion bar, if you want to change it to legal files.
The overall dimensions of this filing cabinet are 20” wide and 28” high, with your choice of either a 19.75” depth or a 23.25” depth. The bottom drawer is for vertical files, and each of the smaller drawers is 6” high each and great for flat storage.
- Comes assembled
- Made of metal, for strength and durability
- Multiple colors and sizes to choose from
- Dents easier than most metal filing cabinets
5. South Shore Munich 2 Drawer Mobile File Cabinet
Within its small, almost cube-like design, you’ll find plenty of storage space in the bottom letter-sized drawer. Built-in metal along the tops of the drawers creates a natural ‘shelf’ to rest your tabbed files on. The upper drawer is nice and deep for office storage of supplies or flat papers.
As a small filing cabinet, this little guy is only 20.6” high, 15.7” wide, and 18.2” deep, but it has a sturdy weight of almost forty pounds, so it won’t tip over when the drawers are opened.
- Versatile small size to fit in any office
- Heavy-duty casters to wheel around
- Extra storage drawer
- Made of laminated particle board
When setting up your office, you’ve got to have a filing cabinet! Even though most of us use plenty of digital document storage, having physical file storage is still very important and especially if the material is classified.
These small filing cabinets are the perfect little office storage solution, no matter what sized business you have. They are one of the bedrock pieces of office furniture that will be used for months, if not years to come, so you want to look for durable, sturdy materials.
So, whether you’re a professional law office that needs a legal cabinet to store classified client material or home-based business in a studio apartment, you’ll definitely appreciate choosing a small but helpful filing cabinet.
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