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 – and considering how many weird and wonderful combinations there can be within those two parameters, you can see why we might have had a tough time narrowing down our best home office storage solutions to just five top picks. Nevertheless, we persisted, and we think we’ve got just the ticket for your storage-starved creative space, impromptu meeting room, or even box-room-turned-HQ.

For when work time turns to downtime, we’ve enlisted the services of a behemoth all-in-one workstation that’s large enough – and organised enough – to hold your gaming setup, your speakers, and then some. For a home filing solution that’s good-looking and businesslike all in one, there’s a beautiful but tough filing cabinet from storage masters Bisley, in colours to suit everything from a gorgeous Cath Kidston-inspired crafting space to a sleek, modern work room.

And then there’s shelving: laid-back ladder-style bookcases for a clean, uncluttered look; a topsy-turvy angular shelving unit that wouldn’t look out of place in Wonderland; and a Bauhaus-style hybrid unit that’s open shelving and secretive cabinets all in one stylish package. Rest assured, whether you’re beavering away fulfilling Etsy orders late into the night, “helping” the kids with their homework, or single-handedly running a business empire, you won’t want to do it without a proper organisation-boosting storage unit by your side, so keep reading for our five favourites.

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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 the vertical space available, 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 or objets d’art. Sitting long and low to the floor, it’s a handsome compromise between 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 – that it looks that way is just part of the charm! 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 thinks of everything. If you only have room for one piece of furniture in your 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.