How Do I Choose the Best Desk with File Cabinet?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 26 January 2019
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The best desk with file cabinet will depend on your specific needs for a workspace in the home or office. The first step in determining the best option for you is to measure the space in which the desk will be placed; some desks will be larger than others, and in some cases, you may end up buying a desk with file cabinet that is not attached. This increases versatility but may also increase the amount of space needed for the two units. Once you have made your space determination, you should consider your purchase budget.

It is possible to buy an inexpensive desk with file cabinet that will suit your needs well, but you should keep in mind that less expensive desks are often made from particle board, which is fairly fragile. If you intend to move the desk often, you may want to consider more expensive hardwoods or softwoods that will not disintegrate or otherwise break apart when moved. Hardwoods and softwoods also tend to be more attractive than particle board, which features a veneer to block the view of the compressed particles. Softwoods are less expensive than hardwoods, so you may want to consider a pine desk with file cabinet if you are willing to spend a bit more but can't invest a significant amount of money into hardwood.


Consider the function and convenience of the desk with file cabinet in terms of adjustability, desk space, and filing cabinet use. The cabinet itself should feature rails on either side of the drawer to accommodate hanging files, which are organizational files that feature hooks to suspend the file folders upright. This prevents documents from falling out of the file and makes sorting through various files much easier as they travel along the rails. Consider how many files you need to store to ensure you buy a desk with file cabinet that is large enough to accommodate your storage needs. Some desks only feature one small drawer, while others may feature matching detached units with two or more drawers.

If you will be using the desk to accommodate a computer, it may help to choose a model with a slide-out keyboard tray and ergonomic design that is meant for use with an ergonomic chair. Some desks feature a raised platform for computer monitors so you will not be looking down at the screen; this can help prevent neck cramps, back pain, and even headaches.



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