For Ikea file cabinets, this internet thread was my starting point.
They fit their files into 15″ deep x 15″ tall Sektion cabinets. What bothered me though was how much space was wasted. 6 and a half extra inches to file a 8 and a half inch (x 11″) piece of paper? (Welcome to the mind of a “small spacer”. Cubic square inches matter!)
Manila file folders are just under 10″ high with the upright tab. You’d think a 10″ drawer would work. Alas, the drawer bottoms are 3/4 inch thick, plus slightly elevated – so unless you cut off the tops off all your manila folders you have to use a 15″ high drawer.
The reality is only 4″ of vertical space goes unused, not 6.5″. Still. A lot of pencils, scissors, tape, or stamps could fit in a 30″ x 4″ space.
Enter the interior Sektion drawer.
An Ikea staff person told me the interior drawers were the same as the exterior drawers despite their different names. Only the front piece was different. Exterior drawer front heights are 5″, 10″, and 15″. The interior drawer fronts are just shy of 4″, 7″, and 9″ high.
4″ you say? Eureka!
There is one more ingredient necessary to make this extra interior drawer possible:
- File boxes instead of hanging files.
Hanging file folders are taller than manila folders. Not a problem if you leave out the extra interior drawer. Definitely a problem if you want added maximization.
I made a 40″ standing desk, with 2 – 15″ file cabinet drawers, 2 – 5″ exterior drawers, plus 1 hidden 4″ drawer. For a typically sized desk height of 30″, this hidden interior drawer would be especially handy – allowing a pencil drawer where before there wouldn’t have been any.
Other features of my Ikea built office furniture:
- The bottom file cabinet drawer does not have a hidden extra drawer. This way taller 3 ring binders can fit.
- The 21″ cabinet stores a printer and supplies.
- The 9″ wine cabinet acts as an inbox or overflow station to help keep the top of the desk clean.
- Integrated electrical plug ins.
The writing desk where my chair goes is shown below. An easily customizable Ikea hack made for $126.
And voila! That’s my office.
*Breaking News: Ikea has competition! As of Jan. 2017, Menards carries in stock an Ikea knock off called Klearvue Cabinetry. If you live in or near one of the 14 states with a Menards, this is huge, check it out.