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    15 Under-Desk Storage Ideas For Anyone Running Out Of Workspace

    Name something worse than a cluttered workspace. I'll wait.

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    1. A portable and adjustable printer stand complete with a cable management holder and a storage drawer so you can finally move that bulky printer off the top of your desk and replace it with cute office decor.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This printer stand is exactly what I was hoping for! It is short enough to fit under my desk. It is very easy to assemble, durable, and the extra shelf, drawer, and wheels are a wonderful bonus! I highly recommend this product if you are looking for something to put under or even beside your desk." —Justin

    Get it from Amazon for $35.97.

    2. A brightly colored two-drawer filing cabinet guaranteed to give your workspace aesthetic a cheery refresh.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I ordered the pink file cabinet and I absolutely love it! The color is the main reason I bought it. It doesn't look like an ordinary boring gray file cabinet. It adds a pop of color and makes the room a happier space. The hanging files I bought separately sit perfectly and glide smoothly." —Cynthia

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.99 (originally $108.99, available in blue and pink).

    3. A practical five-drawer storage cabinet to scoot under your desk and add a touch of ~modern chic~ vibes to your office ensemble.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I now own five of these. I have redone my sewing/craft room and these make organized storage so easy! I love the nice clean lines that go with my sewing machine and cutting tables. Wish I had done this years ago." —Nancy Fleming

    Get it from Amazon for $82.24.

    4. A portable three-drawer file cabinet with a lock so you can feel confident your secret stash of Tate's cookies (or whatever "normal" people put in filing cabinets...) is safe and sound.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This file cabinet exceeded my expectations. It's exceptionally well-made, with screw-in casters and a roller in the bottom-front to prevent tipping. The bottom of the file drawer is sturdy and all of the drawers open and close very smoothly. Aesthetically, it's a nice design and in a muted shade I'd call a soft eggshell white. Putting it together was straightforward. The packaging of the file cabinet was like nothing I've ever seen; it was encased in hard molded styrofoam and hard plastic protected all four corners. Short of being thrown over a cliff, this is one product that's guaranteed not to get damaged in transit! I can't say this about too many products these days, but this file cabinet is a great value for the money." —Colleen

    Get it from Amazon for $145.99+ (available in white and black).

    5. A splurge-worthy filing cabinet featuring three spacious, lockable drawers just begging to add a much-needed splash of color to your workspace.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I love it! It’s sleek and clean-looking. The two-tone color is so much nicer than the plain bulky traditional filing cabinets. There’s a great amount of space and room for dividers/folders. All three draws lock and my printer fits perfectly on top." —Larry

    Get it from Wayfair for $259 (available in two colors).

    6. A small storage shelf you can effortlessly stick on the underside of your desk for ~instant decluttering opportunities~ because organizing really shouldn't be that stressful.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My desk is a gaming desk, but I use it for LIFE. So, I needed somewhere for my calendar/diary and notepads. I love that it has the option to have a small device re-charging there if I want (note the cut-out at the back for cords to pass through); it even has an optional cord wrangler if you have more than one device charging there! We used the stick-on method to attach it as I am not planning on having anything heavy go in there. But it looks simple enough to install with a drill and screws. This is not made of flimsy plastic – more a midweight type." —Judy J. Oxford

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    7. A durable set of four plastic drawers to wheel under your desktop and store, well, just about any office knick-knack in!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The drawer guides on my old desk broke and I couldn't repair them. I thought I was going to have to buy a new desk, something I did not want to spend money on right now. I decided to try plastic drawers but most only had all deep drawers; I wanted more shallow drawers for stamps, rubber bands, etc. This four-drawer cart does the job and fits perfectly where my old desk drawers were. I am extremely pleased with this purchase." —C. Walters

    Get it from Amazon for $39.30.

    8. A simple two-tier open-cubby bookshelf for effortless access to all your fave books and office supplies.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this to fit under my desk and hold my textbooks and it works perfectly. It came in good condition and is pretty sturdy. It comes with actual plugs instead of stickers to go over the screws when you build it, so it looks nice. Overall, a good buy." —Randall Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in eight colors, four sizes, and three styles).

    9. A small, lightweight organizer you can attach to the bottom of your desk to instantly create a home for all those stray pens, notebooks, and other miscellaneous items just awkwardly laying around.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This organizer is surprisingly awesome. It's much sturdier than I thought it would be and holds a lot of weight. It tucks away discreetly under a table or desk. Would buy again." —jerrod

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in two sizes and colors).

    10. A two-drawer file cabinet designed with 18-inch deep lockable drawers so you can safely store all those important documents you've been keeping under your bed up until now.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered two of these grey rolling file cabinets to fit under my standing desk when positioned at desk height and standing height. I wanted to roll them out when seated to use as an additional work surface when needed or tuck away when not in use. I only had to screw the wheels and handles on and they assembled very easily. The casters roll very easily on my hardwood floors. The painted finish is flawless and the framed detail on the drawer heads make them look like painted wood. I highly recommend this product to anyone who would like a file storage option the is as nice looking as it is functional." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $87.10.

    11. An ingenious vertical hanging storage unit you can slip over the edge of your desktop to tuck away papers, notebooks, pens, or whatever else has been taking up extra desk space.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This has to be the BEST purchase I've ever made for my classroom. Prior to having this, I had a desktop file holder on top of my small group table, which took up space, and I'd have to move it whenever I brought kids over to my group table, causing me to misplace important papers. This product takes away the need to not only NOT have to move all of that, but it also stores soo much! It's where I keep all my important papers like tests, quizzes, and extra paper that I will need for small groups like graph paper, scrap paper, etc. Definitely recommend this product if you are a teacher! I teach at the elementary level, but it'll work for any educator in a school setting. Love it! Best product idea ever!" —Kelly H.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.86+ (available in three styles).

    12. A foldable fireproof file storage box to keep your "hottest" documents *extra* safe (and out of the way).

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "With all the fires last year, I realized I wanted to have our family's important paperwork organized in an easy-to-transport container. Feels so good to know we can grab this and leave any time we need to. This one is sturdy, lightweight, and fits standard-size file folders and hanging file organizers. Hopefully, it is fireproof (and hopefully, I'll never be able to say how well it truly works!)." —B. Bergeron

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in black and white).

    13. A sturdy wooden filing cabinet complete with three lockable drawers to tie together your modern-rustic office ensemble.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This is a perfect filing cabinet for a small office. It fits well under a high desk. I like to use it as an extra surface during the day and roll it back under my desk when the day is done. It’s a perfect side companion holding my most important papers." —Jennifer

    Get it from Wayfair for $179.99+ (originally $285, available in gray and dark brown).

    14. A small pencil drawer/organizer with four compartments cleverly designed to clamp onto the edge of your desk and swivel underneath when not in use.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    (Clamp-on mouse pads and pen cups are also a thing, BTW.)

    Promising review: "My office has an open layout with very limited storage space. I bought this with the intent of decluttering my desk and it has done just that. I’m very confident in the durability of the product. My colleagues all ooh’ed and ahh’ed at my newest desk addition and are thinking of getting one themselves!" Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    15. A wooden lateral cabinet boasting a spacious drawer and open shelf with plenty of room on top to hold a printer.

    The brown cabinet
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This one drawer is perfect for at-home files and has a little shelf for my pens, paper clips, etc. Overall an excellent purchase and reasonably priced." —Martha

    Get it from Wayfair for $149.99.

    You, taking a step back and admiring all that free desk space you now have:

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