Office Storage Buying Guide

Posted by BigCommerce on Apr 23rd 2021


A Buying Guide by Smart Furniture

This office storage guide lays out the basics of organization so that you'll feel better in your workspace. If you have an office, you know that things can get messy pretty quickly. Between files, pens, folders, post-it notes, and pictures of your pet salamander, you can quickly run out of workspace without even trying. Our Office Storage Guide will get you on the track to a cleaner and neater office by giving each item on your desk an appropriate little home. We'll give you the rundown from file cabinets to pencil holders to make sure your office has the exact storage it needs.

Cabinet or Shelf?

Let's start with the big stuff. Cabinets and shelves remove the biggest culprits of office clutter like files, papers, and books by getting them out of the way. The choice you'll have to make is: shelves or cabinets?

Here are some pros and cons for the different storage types:



Easy access

Nifty designs

Really good for books


Everything's on display

Not good for loose papers



Great for files

Lock options

Conceal sensitive info


Designs aren't so great

Usually Bulky

Vertical vs. Lateral File Storage


Stack on top of each other, and files go from front to back. Ideal for narrow spaces and chronological filing.


Wider filing cabinets where files go side to side. Ideal for quick sorting, more files, and document retrieval.

File Storage Additions

Filing cabinets aren't all the same. Some cabinets lock, and some are portable. If you're an office on the move, you have sensitive documents, or you just don't like people going through your stuff, here are some options for you to consider.

Single Point Lock

Only locks in one place, usually where the key is.

3-Point Lock

Locks in three places, usually on the top, bottom, and where the key is. Triple the security.


Rolling wheels that make filing cabinets portable.

Don't sweat the small stuff

Einstein said, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

Don't take this the wrong way, but you're no Einstein. That's why keeping a clean and well organized workspace will make you happy, you'll work better, and you'll see your efficiency go up.

Wire Management: Clean up cables with the NeatLinks, Cable Clips, or NeatTech.

Utensil Holders: Keep pencils and pens on-hand and ready to go with a utensil holder.

Letter and Paper Holders: Letter holders like the 2D:3D and In/Out Box will free up desk space for more important stuff.

Notekeepers: A whiteboard or slatwall tile can replace post-its and other messy idea holders.

Call us for help!

Office organization is a journey, not a destination. It's something that you have to work on. Just like everything else in life, in order to work on it well, you have to have the right tools. This office storage guide lays out the basics of organization so that you'll feel better in your workspace.

If you feel overwhelmed, give one of our product specialists a call at 888.467.6278 to get a helping hand. They'll make sure you get the tools you need to have a clean, organized, and ergonomic office. Always be improving!

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