In Search Of — Flat Files

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Photo: A couple made this flat file, sold it, and were later reunited with their beloved piece. Read more of their story: Blogdelanine.blogspot.com

Photo: A couple made this flat file, sold it, and were later reunited with their beloved piece. Read more of their story: Blogdelanine.blogspot.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of,” where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Flat Files” and we’ve got loads of them.

Flat files are used to store papers, blueprints and maps. While they might be made of rusting metal or wood that’s seen happier days, flat files are the beginning of great DIY projects and can be turned into footboard-storage solutions, table bases and glass-top art display cases as seen on Design*Sponge.

Brushed Steel Rainbow File in Brooklyn, New York

Photo: Krrb.com/artspaceindustrial?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/artspaceindustrial?auto=format

The inside of the drawers have been painted bright colors in this refinished brushed steel coffee table file.

Find it on Wes’ Corner. $985.

Flat File Coffee Table in Silver Spring, Maryland

Photo: Krrb.com/24574?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/24574?auto=format

Use as a utility coffee table that can hide away magazines and remotes.

Find it on Coopcambell’s Corner. $350.

Tall Black Flat File in New York, New York

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Photo: Krrb.com/bignyc?auto=format

This piece will hold all the papers you’ve got. It’s oversized with ample storage space.

Find it on Build It Green!NYC’s Corner. $350.

Multicolor Cabinet in Brooklyn, New York

Photo: Krrb.com/Kingpin?auto=format?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/Kingpin?auto=format?auto=format

This cool cabinet can’t decide its identity — it’s either a flat file or a dresser, so we’ll leave it up to you. Either way, it works nicely as a tabletop or storage space.

Find it on Kingpin?auto=format?auto=format’s Corner. $300.

Old Factory Files in Brooklyn, New York

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Photo: Krrb.com/Kingpin?auto=format?auto=format

Flat files from an old Chrysler factory near Pittsburgh make great conversation pieces. They come in all sizes and can be turned into rolling tables, glass-top displays or used to store tools.

Find them on Kingpin?auto=format?auto=format’s Corner. $300.

Wood Printer’s Table in Keyport, New Jersey

Photo: Krrb.com/RecycledSuburbia?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/RecycledSuburbia?auto=format

A special piece used to store printing supplies has plenty of antique charm.

Find it on Recycled Suburbia’s Corner. $295.

Handmade Wooden File in New York, New York

Photo: Krrb.com/furnishgreen?auto=format

Photo: Krrb.com/furnishgreen?auto=format

A craftsman’s masterpiece, this piece is slim and beautiful. Fit it into your design office and store drawing tools and sketch pads.

Find it on Furnish Green’s Corner. $442.

 
  • CJ Lotz

    I’m in!

  • Vanessa Londono

    I’m also loving the Kingpin’s flat file collection. I say we plan a group trip to his studio.

  • Andrew A. Wagner

    Those wooden flat files are really nice. The idea of turning them into a dresser is great. Was hoping to do that once but the piece I had my eyes on was swiped from under me at the last minute. Now I’m just waiting to find the right piece. I’m very tempted by Kingpin’s piece and Furnish Green’s. Hmmmmmmm…