14 File Cabinet Decorating Ideas for the Classroom

Personalize that eye sore with one of these fresh ideas.

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Seems like every classroom has one—an old, ugly file cabinet tucked away in the corner of the classroom. And while nobody denies that a filing cabinet can be useful, it can definitely be an eyesore in an otherwise lovely classroom. So what’s a teacher to do? Here are 14 brilliant file cabinet decorating ideas recommended by teachers.

1. Spruce it up with chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard paint is one of the greatest modern inventions. It’s easy to use, durable and transforms any object into a blank canvas.

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2. Cover it with wallpaper.

Once only found in grandma’s house, wallpaper is back on the decorating world’s “in” list. There are reams of ideas out there and inexpensive sample sizes are readily available.

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3. Brighten it up with contact paper.

Contact paper comes in endless possibilities of color, shape and design. And it’s easy to apply and easy to remove.

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4. Apply stickers.

You can find beautiful stick-on appliques in a wide range of designs. Match your classroom theme, choose a design that blends in to your decor, or just make it something pretty to stare at when you need a mental break.

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5. Slap on duct tape.

There are so many fun and amazing kinds of duct tape available these days—you’re sure to find one that speaks to you. Tape on stripes, or go for a more complicated design.

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6. Transform it with spray paint.

The easiest option by far to give your ugly file cabinet a face lift—a fresh coat of paint.

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7. Stick some magnets on it.

Go from blah to impressive in a snap with durable, reusable magnets. Check out these inexpensive options.

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8. Who knew ceiling tiles could be this cool?

This project will send your file cabinet off the charts with WOW factor!

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9. Adorn it with stencils.

Personalize your file cabinet with easy to use stencils. A little more time consuming, but worth the effort!

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10. Go rustic with pallet wood.

This project will disguise your file cabinet as a modern side table.

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11. Wrap it up with snazzy wrapping paper.

So. Much. Prettier.

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12. Make it stand out with picture frames.

Inexpensive wood frames take this file cabinet from basic to refined.

 

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13. Keep current with newspaper.

A little Mod Podge and the daily edition, and you have a whole new look.

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14. Soften it with fabric.

Put all those fabric remnants to good use.

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Elizabeth Mulvahill

Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a Writer/ Editor for WeAreTeachers and a certified Elementary Teacher.