5 of the best home office storage options

Bauhaus bookcases, helter skelter shelving, leaning ladders – office furniture? Boring? As if

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How you approach storage in your home office depends heavily on two things: what you use it for, and how much space you have to play with. So we've rounded up our favourite home office storage furniture solutions to help you pick the best for your workspace. 

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1. House by John Lewis Anton Leaning Bookcase

Ultra-trendy ladder shelves with functionality to back up the looks

Specifications
Best for: Space-saving storage
Material: Bentwood/MDF
Dimensions: W70 x H193 x D41cm
Type: Bookcase
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable shelves+Open design for illusion of space
Reasons to avoid
- Needs securing to wall 

Making the very best of vertical space, this ladder bookcase from John Lewis is our best storage solution for small offices. Its open-sided, minimal design and light colour palette means it takes up less visual space than a chunky, floor-to-ceiling wooden bookcase, and its five adjustable shelves mean you can get creative with what you put on them – finally, a home for those oversized coffee table books that you have absolutely no intention of keeping on the coffee table. Despite their customisability, these shelves are built of sturdy stuff, although John Lewis recommend fixing them to the wall for safety.

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2. Fowler Low Shelving Unit

The colourful cabinet to hold all your wares in style

Specifications
Best for: Good-looking cabinets
Material: Engineered wood
Dimensions: H80 x W160 x D35cm
Type: Low shelving unit
Reasons to buy
+Mix of shelving and cupboards+Can function as media unit
Reasons to avoid
-Colours may not suit every scheme

If you’re careful to keep your home office looking snappy but not too businesslike, this colourful modern unit might do the trick. Its matte grey, blue and yellow colour palette is super on-trend, but the staggered blocks of colour aren’t just there as a statement. Each one is a small cabinet, allowing you to keep those messy-looking but necessary bits both out of sight and within easy reach, while the shelves in between are ideal for books. Sitting long and low to the floor, it’s a handsome compromise between home office shelving unit and sideboard that’s both stylish and practical.

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3. Bisley 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet

Corporate-level organisation, House Beautiful-level design kudos

Specifications
Best for: Filing
Material: Metal
Dimensions: H101.5 x W47 x D62cm
Type: Filing cabinet
Reasons to buy
+Lovely colours+Smooth opening mechanism
Reasons to avoid
-Some found not as robust as previous 

Whether you’re running a small business or a large household, ensure everyone’s admin doesn’t get on top of you with this three-drawer filing cabinet. Even better, assign each person a drawer and let them take care of their own! The choice of gorgeous shades, including deep cassis and pale duck egg, removes any risk of this home filing cabinet looking corporate, and instead sits it squarely in ‘pretty-meets-practical’ territory. With a robust build, including roller bearing slides for a smooth closing action, plus a lock for peace of mind, these remain a favourite after decades in the home filing biz.

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4. TINGO Black Metal Single Zigzag Shelving Unit

While topsy turvy and trendy, these shelves have surprising lasting power

Specifications
Best for: Eye-catching
Material: Metal
Dimensions: W90 x H188 x D45cm
Type: Bookcase
Reasons to buy
+Unique tilted design+Fine but strong frame
Reasons to avoid
-Constant mild peril

Just when you thought redecorating the home office might be a stuffy, straightforward affair… If you’re not into square, blocky bookcase, this quirky shelving unit from Habitat may just be the antidote. With its helter skelter angled shelves, it’ll certainly give your beloved books or show-off-able objects the home they deserve, and while it might look a tad perilous, strategically placed panels ensure nothing comes close to falling off. Made from hand-welded, powder-coated iron, it’s built to last, too.

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5. Workstation FREDDE

Need a desk and shelving but don’t have room for both? Let Fredde help.

Specifications
Best for: Desk plus storage
Material: Steel
Dimensions: W185 x D74 x H146cm
Type: Storage desk
Reasons to buy
+Room for everything+No need for separate shelves
Reasons to avoid
- Can look a bit stark 

With ample surface space, multiple shelves, and even a built-in cupholder, IKEA’s Fredde workstation covers everything. If you have a small home office, but the sheer amount of filing and tidying to be done doesn’t take those close quarters into account, you might want to go for this one. The contoured desktop is engineered to be comfy and posture-healthy, while the monitor shelf keeps everything at optimum eye level. Add in winged side-shelves for speakers and under-desk storage for filing boxes or a dedicated home for your processor, and you have an organiser’s paradise.

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