How to Use a Dresser As a Filing Cabinet

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How to Use a Dresser As a Filing Cabinet
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If your room seems chaotic and disorganised, one way to improve the situation is to use a filing system. However, if adding a filing cabinet makes your room more congested--or if you don't want to make your room look like an office--there is an alternative. Convert the drawers in your dresser into a filing cabinet. It is a simple solution that results in a better organised room--and it costs very little money.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • File suspension frame
  • File folder sleeves
  • File folders
  • Screwdrivers

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  1. 1

    Measure the drawers in your dresser to determine which ones are large enough to convert into a file cabinet. The standard size of a file folder is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. If you want to install a hardware suspension frame, it will take another 2 inches.

  2. 2

    Purchase file folder sleeves, file folders, labels, and suspension frame. You can find everything you need at an office supply store. The metal frames come in different sizes and are adjustable.

  3. 3

    Install the frames inside the dresser drawers. They can be easily attached with a few screws at most; some frames don't even require screws.

  4. 4

    Place the file folder sleeves into your new file cabinet. The sleeves will hang in place on the frame.

  5. 5

    Organise your paperwork in file folders. Designate each folder with a label. Prioritise the files in terms of frequency of use. Place paperwork and information you rarely use in the back of the cabinet and save the front for the papers you use most often.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are worried about security you can easily install locks on the dresser drawers.

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