Creative Uses For An Empty Filing Cabinet

Creative Uses For An Empty Filing Cabinet

Filing Cabinet PlanterLet’s say that you are so successful at going paperless that you have one or more filing cabinets sitting around empty. Nice job!

But what do you do with that filing cabinet once the last piece of paper has been shredded? If you’re boring like me, you’ll use it to store old-school Wired magazines, but normal people can find more creative uses. Here are a few that I’ve stumbled across:

Turn Your Filing Cabinet Into A Planter

Design*Sponge has before and after of an amazing transformation. Chad Kelly took an old filing cabinet and turned it into a super-cool looking garden planter.

Chad has more about the project on his site, and if you are looking for step-by-step instructions for something like this, DIYlife has them.

Turn A Filing Cabinet Into Garage Storage

I suspect that many of us have taken old filing cabinets out to the garage and used them to store stuff, but not like this.

Trash to Treasure has step-by-step instructions for turning their old cabinet into an awesome looking garage storage unit. I need to do something like this for my in-laws.

Organize Your Closet

I think most of us have “that closet” – the one that stuff gets shoved into. EnviroMom took some old filing cabinets that she was going to get rid of anyways, and turned them into a closet organizer.

These are just a few creative uses of filing cabinets that I have come across online. Have you done anything interesting with yours? I’d love to hear about it.

(Photo by ARTS)

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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decking - October 2, 2012 Reply

Decide where you want to go shopping for a filing cabinet. You can find a lot of choices in home and office depots, office supply stores, discount retailers and even online.

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