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Project

Mini Office in a Chest How-To

Materials

  • Unfinished wooden chest
  • Clear-plastic hanging-folder
  • File cases
  • 1/4-inch-thick cork
  • Cork glue
  • Wood glue
  • Molding
  • Cutlery holder (or modular wooden craft boxes)
  • Paint or stain

Steps

  1. Step 1

    We bought clear-plastic hanging folder file cases, slightly smaller than the chest interior, and slipped them inside.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two layers of 1/4-inch-thick cork (available at office-supply stores) to the size of your lid; affix them with cork glue to create a bulletin board.

  3. Step 3

    Use wood glue to attach a strip of molding along each side of the chest, several inches below the lip, to support a tray of office supplies. A cutlery holder may be wide enough, or you can glue together modular wooden craft boxes, and paint or stain them to match the chest.

Reviews (13)

  • patsy-tierney 4 Sep, 2013

    I love this chest and how it is being used as a mini-office storage. I know of a self storage company that also sells similar items and other items that you would not think as an alternative self storage unit. One of these is the airline trolley, discarded ones that they refurbished to make as wine and glasses trolley during parties. Amazing and creative ideas that are worthy of mentioning!

  • PKae 30 Jun, 2013

    In the USA, I bought a multiple compartments tray that has lips on each short side (9 inches) to hang by and they slide to fit a space from 12 1/2 inches to 17 1/4 inches, making 1 larger section. I don't recall where I got them tho.
    You can also just use 1/4" x 1/4" square dowels, as they use for tray slide to hang the files on; use screws so they don't screw all the way in leaving a lip to hang on. My chest is to narrow so made mine hang front to back instead.
    :-) Pkae

  • CindiCC 13 Aug, 2012

    Also found these for the file boxes:

    http://www.amazon.com/Iris-Clear-Open-File-Storage/dp/B002OFCA9S/ref=sr_1_20?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1344882767&sr=1-20

    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/fileStorage/portable?productId=10027112&N=74545

    Anyone find a similar chest online or find a good Craigslist term to find one used?

  • Amy Flynn 15 Jul, 2012

    You can also use a "hanging file frame" like one of these http://www.officedepot.com/catalog/search.do?fkey=OnI8159j9NVIVpPEnxCb4SN&Ntt=hanging+file+frame

  • Anniebnz 27 Jun, 2012

    Here is a better example of the clear plastic hanging folder file case - although these ones are in cardboard. We call them suspension folders here in New Zealand but they may have another name in the USA.
    http://www.ukofficedirect.co.uk/suspension-files-cat_4228.aspx

  • Bonnie F 25 Jun, 2012

    I think this is what they mean by plastic file box
    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/656368/Office-Depot-Brand-Stackable-File-Tote/

  • LaceK714 22 Jun, 2012

    I've googled: "clear-plastic hanging folder file cases", and just "hanging folder file case." No luck. Can someone provide a link with an example product, or better explain what it is?

  • Allison Beal 25 May, 2012

    great idea! Was wondering if I could do this with my grandkids old toy box?

  • Allison Beal 25 May, 2012

    great idea! Was wondering if I could do this with my grandkids old toy box?

  • DarlaW 27 Jan, 2012

    Finally I know what to do with the hope chest that i inherited! Love that I don't even have to mess with the integrity of the chest if I don't want to. LOVE IT!

  • DarlaW 27 Jan, 2012

    Finally I know what to do with the hope chest that i inherited! Love that I don't even have to mess with the integrity of the chest if I don't want to. LOVE IT!

  • redheadedgal 28 Feb, 2008

    This chest can be found at Gothic Cabinet Craft here: http://www.gothiccabinetcraft.com/storage-chest-panels-p-950.html

  • 1michelle 22 Dec, 2007

    This is a great idea for my chest. It's a great way to declutter. I was initially going to use my chest for fabrics, but I think this will better suit my mini office.