Trend Alert: 12 Unexpected Uses for File Cabinets by

Issue 23 · Cool Dads · June 11, 2014

Trend Alert: 12 Unexpected Uses for File Cabinets

Issue 23 · Cool Dads · June 11, 2014

Vintage file cabinets come in the oddest dimensions: flat files are short and wide, card files are skinny and stacked tall. That explains why they offer perfect storage solutions in small or awkward spaces. Here are 12 examples of file cabinets put to inspired use in every room but the office.

Alastair Hendy's Kitchen from the Remodelista book, Photographed by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

Above: A single, narrow file cabinet occupies the under-stairs space in the kitchen of chef and shop owner Alastair Hendy. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista. See the full setup, scullery included, in our post today, Revolution Road: A Ground-Breaking Kitchen in LondonPhotograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista. 

Alastair Hendy's Kitchen from the Remodelista book, Photographed by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

Above: Hendy stores an eclectic mix of vintage flatware in one of the drawers.

Jordan Carlson's House on Design Sponge | Remodelista

Above: Graphic designer Jordan Carlson uses a vintage low file cabinet as a coffee table in her Williamsburg railroad apartment featured on Design Sponge.

Lotta Agaton File Cabinet Daybed, Photographed by Pia Ulin | Remodelista

Above: Stockholm shop owner and stylist Lotta Agaton created a daybed from a pair of flat files. Photograph by Pia Ulin for Lotta Agaton; seen on Emma's Design Blogg.

Danish Designer Birgitte Rabens' Home, File Cabinets as Dresser | Remodelista

Above: Metal cabinets in the bedroom of Danish designer Birgitte Rabens are used as a dresser. Photograph by Raul Candales for Elle Decor Spain.

Le Prado Residence by Maurice Padovini | Remodelista

Above: Designed by Maurice Padovini, the Prado Residence in Marseilles has a vintage filing cabinet in the living room that serves as a bookshelf.

File Cabinet as Bed Frame from Antler & Co. House on Design Sponge | Remodelista

Above: File cabinets at the foot of the bed form an extension to a custom-built wooden frame made by Greg and Grey, owners of Portland, Oregon, shop Antler & Co.Photograph via Design Sponge.

Bemz Sofa Slipcover Company | Remodelista

Above: Two filing cabinets are put to use in a living room photographed for sofa slipcover company Bemz: one cabinet functions as standard storage and the other serves as a coffee table. For more on Bemz, see our post Instant Ikea Upgrade.

Glamorous Bathroom with Filing Cabinets from Living Etc | Remodelista

Above: A glamorous bathroom mixes a feminine chandelier with industrial cabinets used for storage. Photograph from Living Etc. seen on Lovenordic Design.

White Filing Cabinet as Headboard | Remodelista

Above: In a small bedroom, a white filing cabinet works as a headboard/bedside table. Photograph via Hananaa.

Wooden Filing Cabinet Bed in a Swedish Children's Bedroom | Remodelista

Above: Pale wood flat files are turned into a child's daybed in a Swedish house. Photograph by Kristofer Johnsson via Hitta Hem.

Flat Files as a Dresser Drawer, Photograph by Emma Mitchell | Remodelista

Above: A dresser drawer made from dark wood flat files. Photograph by Emma Mitchell seen on Desire to Inspire.

Qb3 Loft in Philadelphia | Remodelista

Above: In a Philadelphia loft designed by Qb3, a row of white flat files serves as central storage. For more on the project, see Strategic Storage in a Minimalist Loft.

To see some nice-looking vintage file cabinets, go to Justine's post on French Industry at No. 40 in Copenhagen. Tight on space? Go to Storage & Organization for more ideas. And if you're trying to make sense of your garage, see Gardenista's 10 Easy Pieces: Garage Storage Units.

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