15 Best Office Storage Cabinets (Review) In 2021
- The Best Office Storage Cabinets
- 1. Tribesigns 2-Drawer Wooden Storage Cabinet & Printer Stand
- 2. Fedmax Lockable Storage Cabinet
- 3. Winsome Wood Halifax 5-Drawer Mobile Side Cabinet
- 4. Sauder Miscellaneous Storage Cabinet with Doors & Shelves
- 5. WLIVE Wide Dresser with 3-Drawers Side Cabinet
- 6. KETER Space Winner Storage Cabinet
- 7. KOUSI Large Adjustable Cube Storage System
- 8. South Shore Small 2-Door Storage Cabinet with Adjustable Shelf
- 9. Sauder Harbor View Antiqued Storage Cabinet
- 10. DEVAISE 3-Drawer Open Storage Wood File Cabinet
- 11. BirdRock Home Seagrass 2-Tier File Cubby Cabinet
- 12. HOMECHO Ladder Shelf Storage Cabinet
- 13. Mainstays Tall 4-Door Storage Cabinet
- 14. Sandusky Lee Black Adjustable Steel Storage Cabinet
- 15. HOMECHO Lateral File Cabinet with 2 Drawers
Office organizers come in all shapes and sizes, one of them are storage cabinets with their material ranging from steel to plastic and solid wood. We reviewed the best storage cabinets available for an office, either at home or in a commercial space, and we give you a rundown of the features to consider before you buy. While you are considering investing in cabinets, you should also look at our best executive desk reviews, so you can give your office an upgraded look.
The Best Office Storage Cabinets
Lockable top drawer
Black & White finish
39.4 x 13.8 x 25.6 inches
Our best choice for an office storage cabinet is the large printer stand from Tribesigns. With dimensions 39.42″ x 13.8″, the Tribesigns 2-Drawer Wooden Storage Cabinet & Printer Stand is one of the larger storage cabinets we reviewed but is a great choice if you want to store printers or scanners plus all your office supplies in one place. It sits 25.6 inches high, so is a few inches lower than your average office desk.
The top of this unit can easily support heavy items, like a printer, and directly underneath this, you get two open storage areas that are the right size for storing spare reams of paper. In the bottom half of the storage cabinet you get two drawers, each just over 7 inches deep and 12 inches wide. They are not large enough for files or documents but work well for small accessories, and the top drawer is lockable. You also get a small cupboard with doors and another open storage space next to the drawers – here you can place your ring binders or files.
The Tribesigns product is made from a white E1 particle board and can hold 150lbs. It is quite challenging to put together, especially when you are assembling the lockable drawer.
Multiple storage spaces
Drawers are too small for documents
Lockable metal storage cabinet
Five adjustable shelves
Powder coat finish
180lbs weight capacity per shelf
31.5 x 15.5 x 70.8 inches
Our premium pick for the best storage cabinet is the Fedmax Lockable Storage Cabinet. This product works well in a large office, although probably not the best design for a home room, and can also be used as a utility cabinet for garage storage or in an industrial space.
It is very heavy-duty, built with steel, and has a maximum weight capacity of 900lbs. There are five shelves inside the two doors, four of which are adjustable and each can hold 180lbs, so it is quite versatile, although there are no drawers for smaller items. With the Fedmax you get a pre-installed lock with two keys to help keep your items secure, and there are leg levelers that will ensure it remains stable and wobble-free even on an uneven surface.
Assembly of this storage cabinet is a little time-consuming, and as it is a tall storage option, measuring 13.5″x15.8″x70.8″, you will need assistance to maneuver it especially as there are no wheels.
Strong and durable
30.7 x 16 x 26.3 inches
The Winsome Wood Halifax 5-Drawer Mobile Side Cabinet gives you the versatility of drawers plus cupboards and a work top to support a printer. Made from composite wood, this has a white finish, and measures approximately 30″ x 16″ x 26″. The design of this model makes it perfect for storing papers, so it might be considered a good filing cabinet, also. There are limited instructions included in the pack, so it does take a bit of time to put together but is not overly complex.
On the left half of the storage unit, you get a closed storage space with an adjustable shelf, and five drawers are positioned on the right. Each drawer measures 13″ x 11.7″ x 2.6″, so they can easily hold smaller office supplies, such as pens, pencils, dry erase markers, posits, or scissors.
Wheels for easy moving
Drawer and cupboard storage
Drawers are quite small
Cinnamon cherry finish
Engineered wood and laminate material
4 adjustable shelves
Weight limit of 25lbs for each adjustable shelf
29.6 x 16 x 71.5 inches
The Sauder Miscellaneous Storage Cabinet with Doors & Shelves is one of the easiest models to put together compared to the other product we reviewed, partly because of the clear instructions, but also due to the simple design. This cabinet is essentially a large cupboard with two doors, made from engineered wood and laminate, with a heavy wooden-look finish. The particle boards used are quite thin, so while this makes the whole product lightweight, it also means that the weight capacity is quite limited.
The design looks more like a quality piece of home furnishing, rather than an office storage cupboard. The shelves are adjustable, but there are no drawers and no locks to keep any of your items are secure. While it is lightweight, you may struggle to reposition this storage unit as there are no casters on the base.
Easy to assemble
Difficult to reposition
Grey oak finish
Eco-friendly wood panel
31.4 x 16.3 x 22.8 inches
If you are looking for a small floor cabinet that will work well in a home office, living room, or under a desk then the WLIVE Wide Dresser with 3-Drawers Side Cabinet is worth considering. Don’t let the ‘wide’ description fool you; it is only 33 inches across, so is adequate but not large enough to consume much space. This cabinet gives you three drawers and one slim cupboard.
Made from MDF, it is relatively easy to put together and has additional features such as soft-close hinges, metal handles, and a solid metal frame for stability. If you like the look of the WLIVE then you will be pleased to see that it is part of a home furnishing range, so you can buy additional matching units.
Part of a matching furniture range
Anti-scratch rubber pads
High price point for the size
4 adjustable shelves
Maximum weight per shelf – 44lbs
27 x 15 x 67 inches
Our budget pick from the best storage cabinets is the KETER Space Winner Storage Cabinet. This is actually designed as a garage storage unit but works equally well as one of the free-standing storage cabinets. The Keter is a heavy-duty, sturdy product that is approximately 67 inches tall. The four shelves inside are adjustable and each shelf can hold 44lbs. The doors can be locked for added security.
This cabinet is made from polypropylene resin, which gives it high strength and also keeps it weatherproof and easy to clean. If you work in outdoor or industrial areas, then you will definitely appreciate these features. The downside with this product is that there are repeated issues with delivery with some parts missing on arrival.
Easy to assemble
Cube storage configuration
Each cube – 14″ x 18″ x 14″
22lbs maximum weight per cube
Our best value option gives you a high degree of flexibility. The KOUSI Large Adjustable Cube Storage System is made from a durable polypropylene resin material and comes in the form of twenty cubes, each measuring 14 x 18 x 14 inches. These cubes are configured in a design that gives you four units across and five units high, although if you want to configure them differently, this is possible. The connectors are made from stainless steel, making it a secure unit.
Assembly is easy; you just need to tap the pieces with the included hammer, and you can decide to fit all doors and sides or skip some to give you open storage space. The Kousi cabinet storage is an unusual look for office furniture, but it is one of the more versatile options and can be used in the living room or home kitchen.
Easy to assemble
Design might not appeal to everyone
No lockable storage
Royal cherry color
2 door front
18.25 x 31.25 x 32.25 inches
The South Shore Small 2-Door Storage Cabinet with Adjustable Shelf, with a height of just over 32 inches, makes it a good option to consider to avoid tall storage cabinet options. This storage cabinet is made from laminated particleboard, this has a Royal Cherry finish, and will sit nicely as a part of your dining chairs and table set, your living room, or communal office space.
The South Shore is a relatively simple style, with a double door that hides an adjustable shelf. There are no drawers, locks, wheel, or rubber pads to protect the floor. It is, however, part of the Morgan range so you can add more pieces of matching furniture if you wish to.
Heavy to build and move
Double door storage cabinet
Antiqued paint finish
Solid wood doorknobs
35.5 x 16.7 x 61 inches
If you are looking for a lightweight cabinet, then the Sauder Harbor View Antiqued Storage Cabinet is not the right choice for you as this weighs in at 122lbs. It is made with double doors and has four shelves inside, three of which are adjustable and measure 15 inches across. The top shelf spans the full length of the cabinet, so measures approximately 30inches wide.
The exterior of the Sauder Harbor View gives you an attractive antiqued, dark wood appearance with wooden slats on the doors and solid wood doorknobs. The instructions are quite easy to follow, but you will need a few people to help you move the unit to its desired position.
Available in three colors
Antique wooden finish
No drawer space
Grey Oak finish
32 x 16 x 26 inches
Open storage with an adjustable shelf
Casters with brakes
Maximum weight capacity 100lbs
The DEVAISE 3-Drawer Open Storage Wood File Cabinet is a great option if don’t need to save any floor space and have room for some additional furniture. This storage unit gives you three drawers, including one large drawer that can be used for hanging A4 files and an open storage area with an adjustable shelf. The open area measures 15inches wide and 26inches tall, and the height can be split with the shelf.
The top of the Devaise cabinet gives you a surface that is 32 x 16 inches, so works well as a display top, or as a printer trolley. The whole unit will hold up to 100lbs and can be easily moved thanks to the casters, two of which are lockable. Overall it is a high-quality piece of furniture that is long-lasting and easy yet time-consuming to assemble.
Easy to move
Hanging file drawer
It takes time to build
Natural wooden frame
Handwoven seagrass boxes
Holds hanging files
15.5 x 21.25 x 30.25 inches
The BirdRock Home Seagrass 2-Tier File Cubby Cabinet is a great option if you want to avoid any home assembly as this comes ready built. While this is probably not the best choice for a formal office setting, the decorative boxes look nice in a living room, as kitchen storage, bathroom storage, or home office.
Measuring 15.5 x 21.25 x 30.25 inches, this is a compact model with a white wood frame and two boxes that are handwoven from seagrass. Each box is big enough to hold hanging A4 files. There are no wheels on the Birdrock, but it is lightweight so repositioning it is easy and if you needed to, you could place an additional product on top, to give you four boxes.
Versatile storage option
May be too compact for some
Ladder shelf design
Three open tier shelves
Black metal frame
The HOMECHO Ladder Shelf Storage Cabinet gives you a modern twist on a standard design that will save you floor space. This unit is almost 69inches tall, with three drawers at the bottom and three shelves above them that decrease in size as you go higher. The top shelf is the smallest, measuring just 7.9inches deep and 20inches wide.
This is an attractive piece that can be placed in a home kitchen, as a tall nightstand or as an office cabinet for small supplies. It is not suitable for holding heavy loads, but the shelves can support files and books up to 11lbs. The Homecho is made from particle board, with a metal frame and the drawers are thick fabric with wooden fronting.
Not heavy duty
Tall storage cabinet
Two adjustable and one fixed shelf
Ergonomic door handles
21 x 15 x 60 inches
With the Mainstays Tall 4-Door Storage Cabinet, you get four storage areas. These can be changed in size thanks to the two adjustable shelves, and there is one fixed shelf in the center of the unit. This comes in White Stipple color and was originally designed to be a kitchen unit, although thanks to the adjustable storage areas and large size it works very well to hold books, files, and other accessories. In total the interior measures 19.7 x 15.4 x 59.1 inches.
The Mainstays is not the most stable or sturdy of units, as the cardboard backing is not very strong but if you mount it to the wall or store heavy items at the base, it will be well balanced.
Large storage capacity
Nice looking finish
Not very sturdy
4 adjustable shelves
Weight capacity of 180lbs per shelf
36 x 18 x 72 inches
As one of the largest cabinets we reviewed, the Sandusky Lee Locking Steel Cabinet has a high weight capacity of 180lbs per shelf. When fully assembled it measures 36 x 18 x 72 inches, is made of steel, and has a black finish, making it more suitable for industrial areas and commercial workspaces.
This is quick to put together with a snap mechanism, and the three-point locking mechanism keeps your items safe and secure. The interior shelves can be moved in two-inch increments and the steel material with reinforced hinges make it a very heavy duty choice.
Easy snap-together assembly
High weight capacity
Industrial look may not be appropriate everywhere
Low price point
Two open storage areas
Rustic brown finish
31.5 x 15.2 x 29.3 inches
The HOMECHO Lateral File Cabinet with 2 Drawers gives you a selection of storage areas, including two drawers, two open areas, and a small cupboard. It is also strong enough to support a printer on the top surface. The drawers are large enough to hold A4 files. With four castors, two of which are lockable, this unit can be moved around easily without leaving scratches on your floor or wall.
This Homecho unit is made from MDF/particleboard and has a unique rustic finish that matches other furniture from the range. If you have no experience in putting together flat-pack cabinets, then this will definitely test you.
Easy to move
Multiple storage options
Complex to put together
Features To Consider With Office Storage Cabinets
While most storage cabinets will not be adjustable in terms of size, several models will give you adjustable shelves. If you are planning to store large items or will be changing the layout regularly to accommodate your supplies, then adjustable shelves will be a necessity for you.
Closed or Open Design
Storage cabinets are available with open, closed or a mixed design. Closed will mean that all your items are kept behind doors or drawers, whereas an open design will be more like a bookcase cabinet.
Aesthetically, there is no best option. However, if you have lots of small, loose items to store or sensitive information to hide from others in the room, then a closed design will be the best choice. It is possible to find closed cabinets with locatable doors or drawers which are recommended if you need to keep your items secure.
Ease of Assembly
It is highly unlikely that you will find a cabinet already assembled on delivery, as this would cause problems in getting it to the right position, so you should expect to have to put the unit together. While instructions are included, they are not always the clearest to see so if you have doubts about your own ability to build a flat-pack product, and if you can't find assistance, try to avoid items with lots of drawers or locks to save yourself from stress. The added features tend to make the assembly more complex.
Floor Space & Overall Size
Before you purchase a storage cabinet of any description, you should check the space you have available in your office. Mismatching the dimensions of the piece of furniture with the space you have will make the item useless.
Luckily, there is a great variation in terms of sizes when it comes to storage cabinets. If you are short on floor space but have numerous items to tidy away, you can choose one of the tall cabinet designs that will be between 60 and 70 inches high. This will give you additional vertical space without taking up too much of your floor. You could also opt for a shorter unit that slides underneath a secretary desk, saving you space or find a wall cabinet.
Alternatively, if floor space is not an issue, then you can find several units that are wider and will allow you to keep a printer or monitor on the top while sorting files below.
Number of Tiers/Shelves
Cabinets also vary in terms of the number of shelves or tiers they have, and this is usually determined by their design.
If you have larger folders or files to store, then a model with relatively few shelves, or removable ones, will be the better choice. For smaller lose items, models will multiple shelves will help you organize them more effectively.
Generally speaking, you will find that tall cabinets with two doors will have four shelves, and small units will have one or two. You should check the product description to see if the number of shelves includes the base of the unit or not.
The best material for storage cabinets will depend on your intended use, so should be given due consideration.
You will see that many of the units that are designed for garage storage or outside use will tend to be built with steel as it is strong and durable and with a weather-resistant coating it will be very long-lasting.
Most storage cabinets that you get that are intended for home office use will be made from solid or engineered wood, like MDF. The MDF versions will be lighter, which is useful if you need to move them around, and have a lower price point. They may also be mounted to a wall to save space in your room. Solid wood version will be longer-lasting but more challenging to move and build.
It is possible to get a plastic storage cabinet, but these are not overly common because they have low durability. They are a good option if you are on budget thanks to their low price, but will look more like a bathroom storage cabinet or utility cabinet than a piece of sophisticated office furniture.
Free-standing modular material storage cabinets with steel frames are popular if you want to save both space and money. However similar to the plastic storage options these won't be incredibly long-lasting and aren't strong enough to hold a printer or heavy books on top.