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Come To Autonomous for 20 Best Locking File Cabinets for Your Office

|Jan 30, 2023

Even as the world tries its best to move towards a completely digital way of life, some things remain important when it comes to running a business the right way. No matter how big and advanced computer hard drives may become, they will never completely replace a good old-fashioned locking file cabinet. 

Certain things are just better off kept secure in proper lockable filing cabinets. However, these are becoming increasingly difficult to find, especially if you are looking for a good quality filing cabinet with lock mechanisms. 

Luckily, Autonomous has just the right solution for your needs. With our wide range of 3-drawer file cabinets with lock mechanisms and locking storage drawers, you will definitely be able to find a great quality addition to your office. There is also a great offer for those with employee benefits when they purchase other office items, such as standing desks and chairs. 

This article will provide you with all the information you need about locking file cabinets, including where to find the best ones and why you need one from Autonomous today. 

20 Best Locking File Cabinets

Whether you’re looking for lockable filing cabinets for office storage & organization or for a way to store important documents at work or home securely, Autonomous has everything you need.

From fireproof models to those with multiple drawers, plenty of options are available to suit any budget, space, and purpose. To help you make an informed decision, we've rounded up some of the best lockable file cabinets on the market.

Here is a comprehensive list of 20 of the best locking file cabinets you can consider for your office: 

1. Filing Cabinet by Autonomous

If ever there was one filing cabinet that embodies all the features and characteristics that we mentioned above, it is the metal filing cabinet 3 drawer from Autonomous. Small enough to roll under your desk, this cabinet also has wheels to make moving it around the office very easy. However, do not let the small size fool you. Open up the drawers and what you will find is a lot of storage space available. To top it all off, the lock is made of high-quality material to keep your valuables safe.

Dimensions15.6”L x 19.7”W x 23.5”H
ColorsRed apple, Evergreen, Cool gray, Baby blue
MaterialsSteel plate
Weight capacity275 lbs
Item weight46 lbs
Warranty1 year

2. Wistopht Filing Cabinet: Slim

Are you looking for a small, easy to manage, but very useful storage solution? Then look no further than the Slim Filing Cabinet. It is ideal for small spaces and is actually built to easily slide under your desk effortlessly. This cabinet is an ideal choice for a small but busy office.

Overall imensions19.7"L x 11.8"W x 18.5"H x 31.1 lbs
Inner drawers9.37"W x 18.11"D x 2.76"H
9.37"W x 18.11"D x 9.65"H
ColorsBlack, White, Gray
MaterialsCold rolled SPCC steel, powder-coating
Weight capacity220 lbs
Warranty1 year

3. Standard Filing Cabinet From Autonomous and Wistopht

Sometimes all that style and design is unnecessary in a work environment. If all you need is a functional locking file cabinet that does the job it is meant to, then you should definitely consider the Standard Filing Cabinet. Place it in any modern office space and you are guaranteed a reliable and long-lasting storage solution.

The Wistopht Standard Filing Cabinet is a stylish and practical filing cabinet perfect for any home or office. It is made from a durable, lightweight steel frame and features two drawers for easy storage. The top drawer can be used for letter-size files, while the bottom drawer is designed for legal-size documents.

This lockable filing cabinet is the perfect addition to any space, offering a sleek and modern style and providing plenty of storage for all your important documents. Its slim design makes it a great choice for those tight on space, while its sturdy construction ensures it will last for years.

Overall imensions19.7"L x 15.3"W x 18.5" H x 35.5 lbs
Inner drawers12.91"W x 18.11"D x 2.76"H
12.91"W x 18.11"D x 9.65"H
ColorsBlack, White, Gray
MaterialsCold rolled SPCC steel, powder-coating
Weight capacity220 lbs
Warranty1 year

4. Nexera Filing Cabinet, 3-Drawer: Filing Cabinet

Filing cabinets are a necessary component of office desk accessories. This Nexera filing cabinet, for example, can keep your documents and important papers organized and free from clutter. It is a perfect addition to any office space and comes with three drawers for ample storage. The drawers are equipped with ball-bearing slides for easy access, and the cabinet is made of durable laminated particle board and has a rich espresso finish.

This lockable filing cabinet also features adjustable legs to fit any desk and is ideal for home and office use.

Dimensions31.75”W x 19.25”D x 30.75”H x 98 lbs
ColorsWhite, Black, Gray, Nutmeg
MaterialsCARB II/FSC Certified particle board and MDF
Warranty1 year

45. Trio Supply House Rolling 2-Drawer Filing Cabinet

This modern Trio Supply House Rolling 2-Drawer Filing Cabinet is perfect for any home office.

Constructed from sturdy metal, this cabinet is designed to last. The sleek black finish allows it to fit in with any décor. The bottom of the cabinet features two wheels, allowing it to be easily moved around your workspace. The two drawers offer plenty of storage to organize your important documents. The top of the cabinet is perfect for holding a printer or other office supplies. Its minimalistic design ensures it won't take up too much space and can be used as under desk storage.

With its sturdy construction and modern design, the Trio Supply House Rolling 2-Drawer Filing Cabinet is a must-have for any home office.

Dimensions17.75”D x 15.75”W x 23”H x 40.75 lbs
Weight capacityCabinet top: 35 lbs
Drawer: 15 lbs
Filing drawer: 15 lbs
Warranty1 month

6. Trio Supply House Office Cabinet: On Castors

This sleek and modern lockable filing cabinet is the perfect addition to any office. Crafted from wood and finished in a rich walnut stain, this cabinet features two drawers on castors that make it easy to move around your office. The drawers have large handles for easy access and are great for storing office supplies, documents, or other items. The cabinet has a sturdy build, with an elegant yet functional design. The top of the cabinet is perfect for displaying photos or decorative items, while the bottom is ideal for storing larger items.

This cabinet is sure to add a touch of sophistication and style to any office space. It is also a great option if you are going for cute office decor.

Dimensions17.75”L x 17.75”W x 23”H x 33 bs
ColorsWhite, Dark Taupe, Cappuccino
MaterialsParticle board hollow-core laminate MDF
Weight capacity70 lbs
Warranty1 month

7. Northread Slim Filing Cabinet

The Northread Slim Filing Cabinet is the perfect addition to any cubicle. With its sleek design, this filing cabinet will surely bring a modern, stylish look to your workspace. The cabinet is made of high-quality, durable steel and is finished in a soft white for a contemporary look. The top shelf is perfect for storing stationery and other office supplies, while the bottom is ideal for filing letters, documents, and other important papers. The two drawers provide ample storage space for all your filling needs.

The Northread Slim Filing Cabinet has a lock and key for added security. This cabinet is perfect for bringing a modern, sophisticated look to your cubicle decor.

Dimensions19.7"L x 11.8"W x 18.5"H
ColorsBlack, White, Gray
MaterialsPowder-coated steel
Weight capacity250 lbs
Warranty5 years

8. Northread Standard Filing Cabinet

The Northread Standard Filing Cabinet is a versatile and durable storage solution for any home or office. This filing cabinet is made of sturdy steel with a powder-coat finish for a stylish and modern look.

It features two drawers with full-extension slides for easy access to documents and other items. The drawers also have full-length, recessed handles for a comfortable grip and easy opening. The cabinet is lockable with a key for added security, and it also comes with adjustable glides to level the cabinet on uneven surfaces. It has a height of 28" and a width of 15", making it perfect for any space.

With its classic, timeless design and reliable construction, the Northread Standard Filing Cabinet will provide years of reliable storage and organization.

Dimensions19.7''L x 15.4''W x 18.5''H
ColorsBlack, White, Gray
Weight capacity220 lbs
Warranty5 years

9. Skyline Decor Vertical File Cabinet: 5-Drawer

The Skyline Decor Vertical File Cabinet: 5-Drawer offers a sleek, modern look with its black steel construction. This filing cabinet offers storage space with five drawers to accommodate legal and letter-sized documents.

The drawers also have anti-tilt safety mechanisms and a full suspension system, allowing you to access documents without worrying about the cabinet tipping over. The drawers also feature full-length handles and label holders, making it easy to organize and find documents.

It also comes with a lock and two keys, so you can rest assured that your documents are safe.

Dimensions26.5”D x 18”W x 61”H
ColorsLight Gray, Black, Putty
Warranty1 month

10. Stockpile 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet By Laura Davidson

Before going further, you should note that this is one of the most expensive locking office cabinets on this list. But if you can afford it, it is worth every cent. It comes in a wide range of colors and would be the jewel of any office. To make the price easier to bear, this cabinet comes with a great two-year warranty.

Stockpile 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet By Laura Davidson

11. Slim Stow Cabinet

As the name suggests, this is a small-sized cabinet with a very narrow design. It does, however, have a lot of storage space considering how compact it looks on the outside. The Slim Stow Cabinet is made of metal with a powder coat finish, making it very secure for your important documents. 

12. INTERGREAT Cabinet

Thanks to the reinforced steel with an eco-friendly coat of paint, you can rest assured of the safety of this cabinet, while at the same time not worrying about rust or corrosion. Featuring some inset handles that give it a nice look, the INTERGREAT Cabinet also has a strong set of wheels to make moving it around an absolute breeze.

INTERGREAT locking file cabinet

13. Cabinet by Space Solutions

Simplicity and functionality combine perfectly in the Cabinet by Space Solutions. This metal filing cabinet has two doors and offers a simple fireproof solution for those who are not concerned with stylish designs. 

14. Lockable Office Filing Cupboard by Songmics

Security and functionality are the most important features of this vintage-style filing cabinet with lock from Songmics. It is made of a very strong and robust type of steel guaranteeing that you have a good chance of recovering your documents even after a fire. It is also small enough to slide under your desk, which is very convenient if space is an issue.

15. White 3-Drawer File Cabinet From Bush Business

This lateral cabinet has two small drawers and a much larger drawer at the bottom for keeping large items like files and the like. It has a beautiful design that will add style to any office and is made of fire-resistant material.

White 3-Drawer File Cabinet From Bush Business

16. Alera File Cabinet

Users of this filing cabinet appreciate the telescopic slide suspension that is fitted with durable ball bearings to make the drawers slide open smoothly and quietly. It also comes in a wide range of colors to suit your office design. 

17. Metal 3-Drawer File Cabinet by Yitahome

Another great product, the Metal 3-Drawer File Cabinet has a lot of storage space available for offices that deal with a particularly large amount of paperwork. The cabinet also has a convenient removable tray for storing stationery and other small items.

Metal 3-Drawer locking file cabinet by Yitahome

18. Midmod Cabinet From Union & Scale™

Short, sturdy, and stylish, are probably the best words to describe the Midmod Cabinet (UN56967). However, do not let the small size fool you, because this is still one of the best options on this list. It is best suited for offices with a modern design and is highly portable thanks to its set of wheels. 

19. Metal 3-Drawer File Cabinet By Space Solutions

If you have a limited budget but still need a good storage solution, then we suggest you consider the Space Solutions Metal 3-Drawer File Cabinet. It has all the necessary features of proper lockable filing cabinets, but the one drawback is that it does not have any wheels, so moving it around is not easy.

Metal 3-Drawer File Cabinet By Space Solutions

20. Hon File Cabinet

The Hon File Cabinet made from alloy steel is a great choice for those who want a simple set of locking storage drawers that are fireproof. What it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in storage security for your documents. This filing cabinet with lock is proof that even the simplest designs can get the job done to your satisfaction. 

Why Do You Need a Locking File Cabinet?

Seeing a file cabinet tucked away in a corner has been the norm for any office environment for many generations. In fact, after a desk and chair, lockable filing cabinets are among the most popular ergonomic office furniture items purchased by businesses big and small.  

However, some of the younger generation, along with modern upcoming businesses might be wondering why they would need such an old-fashioned item in their office. Well, we are here to tell you that a few locking office cabinets can still benefit your business in many ways. 

Paper Is Still Important

Even though businesses are moving towards a paperless way of operating, there are still a lot of things that require the use of paper. Paper has the following advantages: 

  • Paper is durable
  • It is easy to use and still preferred by most people around the world
  • The written paper is trusted and agreements on paper carry more weight 

Thus, for these reasons, having a safe and secure place to store paper documents is important, and lockable filing cabinets offer the best storage option.

Paper Is Still Important

Safe From Hackers

The rise of digital crime, such as hacking, means that any sensitive information that is stored on computer hard drives is in danger of being hacked. Important information, such as contracts, is better off kept in a safe and secure locking file cabinet, where the only way to get to it is by physically breaking into the office.

Keeps the Office Clean

A good 3-drawer file cabinet with lock does wonders for keeping the office clean and free of clutter. A lot of times, having an untidy office is simply due to not having adequate storage space. If you provide your employees with the right place to put away paper files and documents, your office will be a lot tidier.

Keeps the Office Clean

Improves Efficiency

Having a properly labeled locking file cabinet means that all your employees know where to find whatever documents they need quickly and easily. There is no need to go through tons of office documents because everyone knows exactly where to look. 

Types of File Cabinets Found in the Office

Basically, office file cabinets can be divided into either vertical or lateral file cabinets depending on the drawer arrangement. However, within these two distinct types of cabinets, there is a wide range of other categories of cabinets that are sorted according to design, size, functionality, and mobility, for example, 3-drawer filing cabinets, 2 or 5 drawer ones.

Which type of cabinet is chosen by specific office personnel depends on such factors as space, budget, level of security required, type of documents to be stored, preferred design, and type of business being conducted in that office.

Types of File Cabinets Found in the Office

In the end, there are 10 different types of filing cabinets, which are as follows: 

  • Letter-size
  • Legal-size
  • Lateral filing cabinet
  • Vertical filing cabinet
  • Mobile filing cabinet
  • Open shelf
  • Side tab
  • Flat filing cabinets
  • Storage Islands
  • Fireproof filing cabinets 

How To Choose the Best Filing Cabinet?

When it comes to choosing the right under desk file cabinet for your office needs it is important to consider what you intend to use the cabinet for, and where you plan on keeping it. 

A locking file cabinet is a type of office furniture that is guaranteed to last you a very long time unless something as drastic as fire destroys it. It is for this reason that you need to pay special attention to the following tips on choosing the best filing cabinet, otherwise, you risk getting stuck with the wrong storage use for many years.


Where do you plan on putting your filing cabinet? How much information/documents do you plan on keeping in it? Answer these two questions and you will have a good idea of the right size of filing cabinet you should buy.


The type of material depends on the following:

  • Budget – different materials have very different costs
  • Design – you need a cabinet that is in line with the rest of the office furniture
  • Fire resistance – A metal cabinet is best if you need your cabinet to be fireproof

Material of locking file cabinet


Make sure you choose a locking file cabinet with enough drawers. Generally, this depends on how many types of documents you need to keep, meaning you need the right number of drawers to prevent mixing up different sets of documentation.


This will determine whether you need lockable filing cabinets or just ordinary cabinets. If you plan on storing important and confidential information in there, then a lock is essential.

What Are the Advantages of a File Cabinet with Locks?

Adding a locking file cabinet to your home office layout has many advantages.


A file cabinet with locks can help to keep documents and other materials organized and easy to find. This can help to save time and energy when searching for important papers.


File cabinets with locks are usually made from heavy-duty materials such as metal, which makes them more durable and able to withstand wear and tear over time.


A file cabinet with locks provides a secure way to store confidential documents and other sensitive materials. This is especially important for businesses and organizations that need to protect valuable information from theft or unauthorized access.

Security of locking file cabinet


A lockable filing cabinet helps protect documents and other materials from dust, dirt, and other environmental factors that can cause damage.


Many file cabinets with locks are fireproof, providing an additional layer of protection in the event of a fire.


Finding the best storage solutions for your important and confidential documents does not have to be a problem anymore, thanks to these wonderful locking file cabinet options available on the Autonomous website. Get it at a great price today from the Autonomous with Autonomous employee purchase program

Each and every one of the cabinets on this list has qualities that you will find very beneficial to your office environment. Improve your employees' productivity and efficiency with one of these great cabinet choices from Autonomous.

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