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Our exclusive elfa Mesh File Cart offers room for hanging file folders (sold separately), and has two Mesh Drawers below for storage. Only available at The Container Store, the fine weave of the mesh prevents small items from falling through. Choose from either letter-size (with Narrow Mesh Drawers) or legal-size (with Medium Mesh Drawers).
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  • Epoxy-bonded steel construction
  • Exceptionally smooth-gliding drawers
  • Provides excellent visibility and accessibility to the contents
  • Casters offer mobility

elfa Letter-Size Mesh File Cart Platinum
  • SKU#: 10036477
  • 14" x 21" x 24-3/4" h
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elfa Legal-Size Mesh File Cart Platinum
  • SKU#: 10036479
  • 18" x 21" x 24-3/4" h
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Platinum elfa Mesh File Carts


  • 18" x 21" x 24-3/4" h


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Platinum elfa Mesh File Carts is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 130.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I had expected Since I have a desk that doesn't have drawers, I thought this would be the perfect idea for additional storage. When I read the instructions, the first thing I noticed is that you need a rubber mallet. Then, the instructions were so vague that I did some tasks out of order that had to eventually be redone. i.e., You have to put the pins in the holes before you put the top and bottom frames on. But step one states to put the frames on. Some parts come separately, but aren't included in the actual instructions. i.e., The wheel bases, wheels, file hanging rods have NO INSTRUCTIONS, just pictures to refer to. The wheels do not have breaks on them - HUGE bummer. The pins that're provided to hold the baskets in place only really work when you push the baskets back. If you were to pull out the baskets too far, there is no pin to secure the basket on its track, meaning it's going to fall off the track. This happened to me when I was putting various items in the basket for the first time. If you were to put pins in the front, then you couldn't open the basket drawers at all. I would not recommend this product.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and stylish desk organization Old school file cabinets and drawers are so bulky, this cart is great because it is compact, yet any paper I need to file (yes, even in this digital age) has a place. The best part is I can roll this cart out when I'm working/filing and roll it back under the desk when I'm done - BAM! Out of the way. Plus, with the drawers, I don't need any desk drawers, which isn't my style. What if I want to work at the kitchen table? Just roll the drawers/files wherever I want to work. Super cool. TIP: don't be a dork like me. Install the file rails the right way so the channel is up (forming a continuous U-shape), and the hooks on the file folders slide in the channel. I spent a few weeks with the rails upside down and...well, don't be a dork like me.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pretty but useless I've had this cart for a couple of months and am ready to replace it with something more functional. The file tracks simply do not stay in place so hanging folders shift and drop off into the top drawer below. The cart itself is very pretty, but the top half is designed for files so I'm not sure I will be able to salvage it for any purpose. This is the most disappointing item I have ever purchased from The Container Store.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wheels make it very functional! Sturdy, functional, and trendy with it's gray/metal color. Blends nicely in my minimalist home office decor.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great. It fits perfectly under my desk and very easy to ensemble.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits nicely under my desk! Mallet needed for assembly. Love that it fits under my desk. I keep important files in it that I use often. Slides easily.
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality I am very pleased with this product. The quality is great and it's a great price (on sale)! It was also easy to assemble.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neat Product It's relatively easy to assemble. It fits the purpose I was looking for. Just be sure if you are planning to roll it under a table that it is high enough to clear the files along with tabs. It is too big to fit under a regular desk. If going in a closet be sure that the closet is deep enough. I had done a lot of measuring ahead of time. Files move easily on the tracks and the storage areas are very handy.
Date published: 2016-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MUST HAVE RUBBER MALLET Good construction and design. Fits well under desk. BUT, you must have a rubber mallet to assemble the parts. I only rated 4 stars since the directions were not clear. Each part had a set of directions, but an additional overall direction sheet would be very useful; especially for someone not used to this type of assembly. I am and could figure out the order of assembly but a novice would have a hard time.
Date published: 2015-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cart is great! The size is great for under the desk in my craft room. It was pretty easy to assemble although I did have trouble getting the casters to fit in the holes. I tried tapping them in with a rubber mallet. That didn't work. I ended up spraying some WD-40 on the metal part and they went in with just a little tapping!
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS UNIT - Small & Spacious Fits perfectly under my desk and I also love the 2 different sized drawers. Everything is easy to see and locate quickly.
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from convenient, tidy file/storage unit The elfa mesh file cart was highly recommended by my office organization consultant, Kacy (The Inspired Office). It was easy to assemble, slides conveniently under my desk, and places files and office supplies at my fingertips. I love it!
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Problem Solver With a tiny workspace, I needed some way to store my overwhelming supply of paperwork for multiple organizations until I filed them, my office tools, projects I was working on. This file cart truly met my need. Mine came without the filing cabinet on top. I purchased the strong top, on which I placed my office jet. Now I had more room on my desktop to work.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing beats elfa I have a lot of elfa products in my home. This is a more recent purchase. I renovated a room to make a home office. I needed a system that could handle everyday filing needs - the stuff I access all the time. I love this elfa file cart. Plenty of room for all my active files, plus two great storage drawers. I keep extra file folders, binder clips, a label maker and more in there. This unit is made so well that it will last a lifetime.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for Easy to put together. A rubber mallet is recommended, but since I don't have one I used a regular hammer and block of wood and it worked out perfectly. This is perfect for holding my paperwork files and shipping supplies for a small business. It can hold a large number of hanging files. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best product ever I bought this product 12 years ago when I went to college with the intention of using it when I started teaching. Now that I am in the classroom, I have bought the product again because my original purchase is being used for personal files. It is durable and functional and worth every penny spent.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great filing solution! I was using two (very old) plastic crates to keep two sets of files - one for my bills and tax return info and one for the non-profit where I am a volunteer Treasurer. The crates were falling apart and very heavy to lift (I always put one on top of the other and worked on the top one) I bought two of these and they are working out very well! I am NOT handy but I put these carts together very quickly using a borrowed rubber mallet (I think it would be difficult to get the metal pieces together without the mallet). The files slide nicely on the rails and I can just roll the one I need over to my desk. The two baskets below the files are great for me to store bills to be paid or items to be filed. Using them frees up some space elsewhere in my home office. I love them.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed This Elfa filing cart is easy to put together, the wheels roll smoothly, and the price was reasonable. I plan to ask for the desk set-up for my birthday. It will be gorgeously functional once it all comes together! :-)
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds more!!! I bought this three drawer when I removed my oak desk and went to an Elfa desk top. I needed drawers and so I purchased this. The surprising thing is that these drawers hold more than the drawers in my old desk. They are convenient to pull out and push in. When I need the files, the whole cart moves very easily. I wonder why I didn't do this years ago!!!!!
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome helper This file cart is great because I can wheel it anywhere. I file while I'm watching tv! Makes filing painless.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item It was exactly what I was looking for. I file cabinet that is not to heavy looking but still hold a lot of files. Sturdier than it looks. Great value for the price.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from File Cart is Out of Sight! Love this portable file cart on wheels. All of my essential files are at my fingertips now. My Professional Organizer had this cart and I realized it was the perfect addition to my small office. The lighter, mesh platinum look is trendy and fashionable. It blends in nicely with other decor. The two lower trays are useful for frequently used items like envelopes and supplies you want to keep out of sight. Great first investment if you're ready to get organized. Plus, I got it on sale and that was awesome!
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best of it's kind easy to assemble, easy to move and useful for many purposes.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from File cart Love my file cart! It was easy to set up. Fits perfectly underneath a desk top. Thanks!
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Filing System EVER!!! I couldn't wait to get this product home and organize all of the documents I had been keeping in binders for so long. I love looking at this, it just makes me happy. And I can find exactly what I need in seconds! I showed this to a friend who bought one right away!
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed I am an avid crafter and I needed something to store 12 x 12 paper conveniently and that looked good. After receiving the cart, which was very easy to put together, I knew it was perfect for my needs. It is metal instead of plastic, which I love. I also like the deep seven inch drawer and I know I will find it and the three inch drawer useful for other crafting items, I have already recommended this to a friend and will continue to recommend it. A great value for the price!
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new office on wheels This handy mini office organizer is now my traveling office. I take it to various rooms in the house depending on what project I am working on. You're gonna love this one!
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for a closet office Perfect for a small/part-time family business in a 1-bedroom apt. The drawers underneath are HUGE.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovelove Love my new letter file cart!! Helps this unorganized girl get organized!
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This file cart allows for file cabinet storage of important papers along with space for desk top and desk drawer items. The wheels make it super easy to move where it is needed. It is also attractive. Perfect solution for storage in a small space
Date published: 2014-03-03
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Community Q&A

Do they have a recommend load limit for each shallow drawer of the 14x21?

Do they have a recommend load limit for each shallow drawer of the 14x21?
Asked by: Sanf
The capacity of our elfa Mesh Drawers should not exceed 10 pounds of static, evenly distributed weight each.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-10-21

If I want to remove the wheels/casters from this unit, are there foot covers available to protect my floor?

Asked by: AlisonB8
elfa Frame Feet covers are available for purchase to add to your elfa frame. Find them here:
Answered by: alooney
Date published: 2015-03-14

Platinum elfa Mesh File Cart Question?

I lost the smaller size drawer during a move, can I purchase a replacement?
Asked by: mjranney
Yes, the replacement 1-Runner drawers (Narrow for the Letter-Size Cart or Medium for the Legal-Size Cart) can be found below.
Answered by: beneel
Date published: 2017-02-27

Can I purchase new guides for the hanging folders?

Mine have bent, and hanging files don't work quite right anymore. Thanks, M.
Asked by: Blit
Yes, we do sell the file frame channels separately. Please see the Product Recommendations section.
Answered by: tcbeall
Date published: 2015-08-13

Can I buy a single drawer to add to my elfa mesh file cart?

Asked by: artistatwork
Yes, additional elfa Platinum Mesh Drawers may be purchased individually.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2014-02-22

What is the height of the unit without the casters?

Asked by: ElisaP
With the elfa Casters, an elfa Mesh File Cart is 21" h.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2018-02-21

Can I get a cover or top for the file drawer?

Asked by: ncborn
The elfa Mesh File Cart uses the top crossbar to mount the file channels; a melamine top cannot be attached while using the file channels.
Answered by: alooney
Date published: 2015-03-14

Raising file cart

Are there any accessory "legs" in order to extend the file cart so that stands at waist height? We purchased this cart for the office and it works very well; however, we didn't realize the height at the time....more for desk height use. It's not a big deal but was just wondering.
Asked by: Jpd07
We do not carry legs for the elfa file cart, however the 7-runner unit is desk height.
Answered by: hcrolf
Date published: 2015-02-05

I don't need the hanging folder space. Can I buy mesh drawers and put them in that space instead?

Asked by: Styg
Yes, you can purchase matching Platinum elfa Mesh 1- and 2-Runner Drawers separately. Please see product recommendations below.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2016-10-12

Is there a recommended weight limit for the combined paper files hanging from the top?

I saw another customer’s question about the weight limit of the lower mesh drawers, but I am wondering about hanging my heavy paper files from the top.
Asked by: H234
The total combined capacity for one of our elfa Mesh File Carts is 99 pounds of evenly distributed weight - the contents of the drawers and hanging files together.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2018-02-17

how do i disassemble?

I accidentally put together wrong...I had just gotten the first T-crossbar in when; I realized one of the side panels is facing out, instead of in (toward the other side panel). How do I take it apart so I can put it together the right way??? Please help!?!
Asked by: bff30
To disassemble the steel frame, use a product such as WD-40 or 3M silicone lubricant in the corner joints. Then, using a mallet, tap out the elfa Crossbars. Note: For a more accurate target, you can place a block of wood near the corner and in front of the crossbar. After the pieces are disassembled, wipe them clean prior to re-assembly..
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2014-10-23

Can I purchase replacement casters for this cart?

Asked by: mdc30
Replacement casters for the elfa Mesh File Carts can be found here:
Answered by: mbdefreitas
Date published: 2014-06-08

What is the shipping weight for the elfa Mesh File Cart (legal)?

Asked by: Oliviaann
The product weighs 15 lbs.
Answered by: beneel
Date published: 2016-10-31

What can the top file area on the elfa file cart be replaced with?

I have the letter size file cart. I don't use it for files. I'd like a table like top and drawer.
Asked by: KNola
You can add another Narrow 2-Runner Mesh Drawer (item # 10022531) and a Narrow Driftwood Melamine Top (item # 10056912), and the items can be found below.
Answered by: beneel
Date published: 2018-01-12

Is the cart 24-3/4" height with the wheels on?

Asked by: Jenalee
Yes, the height of our elfa Mesh File Carts is 24-3/4" and is inclusive of the casters.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-09-30

Can this be reconfigured?

I'm looking for a small movable file cart to keep next to my reading chair, so I was hoping to find one that had a top (to double as a side table) but that kept the files easily accessible. Is there a way to arrange this with an elfa top that keeps the file runners useable? Perhaps the runners could be moved under the mesh drawers? I've loved my elfa products in the past, and I think this would be perfect if I could just get it to work, but I want to be sure before I make a purchase.
Asked by: secretlyorganized
The elfa Mesh File Carts come fully boxed as a kit. However, you can add a Melamine Top, Drawers, and accessories to reconfigure and further customize the solution.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2016-10-12

I purchased my Elfa drawer unit in 1988 and it looks similar to your file cart. One of the plastic pieces attached to one of my casters has broken.

Can I purchase one castor or one of the white plastic pieces online that fits into the caster? I love my Elfa basket system and it is still like new after all these years. Thank you
Asked by: Moiracohen
While replacement Caster Adapters are not available, we do offer a set of four elfa Casters open stock.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2016-12-17

I have an elfa file cart with a broken caster attachment. Can I buy a replacement part?

Asked by: Lusty
While replacement Caster Adapters are not available, we do offer a set of four elfa Casters open stock.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-01-07

Can these be stacked with another set of drawers. I would like the files at the top to be closer to 40” high at the top.

Asked by: Wordydc
Our elfa Mesh File Carts can be stacked.
Answered by: cdzarate
Date published: 2017-12-31

do you sell the plastic pieces that the coasters fit into separately?

I have broken 2 of the pieces that join the legs and coasters. Please tell me you sell them individually. :) I love my cart. it is over 30 years old and still awesome! :) thanks!
Asked by: Sheryld
We are so pleased to hear that you're still enjoying your elfa File Cart after all these years! Someone from our team will reach out to you to make sure your needs are being met.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2016-10-15


I saw the FAQ for the depth of 21" for the frame & 24" w/rollers, but need the height to see if I will store in my closet or by my desk. Thank you!
Asked by: MsOrganizerIsHere
Our elfa Mesh File Cart itself is 24-3/4” high. Add about another inch to account for the height of the hanging file folders and tabs.
Answered by: larose
Date published: 2016-03-21

Can the bottom drawers be swapped to hanging file storage?

I'd like to have 2 levels of hanging files, and no drawers. Is this an after-purchase option?
Asked by: NJmom18
Unfortunately, two levels of hanging files is not an option with our elfa Mesh File Carts.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-10-14

What is the depth?

I need a measurement on the depth please.
Asked by: organizedvictorian
The elfa File Cart frame is 21" deep from front to back. If the front casters are facing forward, you will need to allow approximately 24" of total depth.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2014-10-30

Is there a separate drawer than can be purchased for the letter sized cart so that I can have 3 drawers instead of hanging files on top?

Asked by: Llaama
Yes, you can add our elfa Narrow Mesh 2-Runner White, item #10032094. See the product page link below
Answered by: mbdefreitas
Date published: 2017-03-09

I would like to put a top on this

What melamine top should I buy? please include details and item #. I have the letter size white mesh file cart and love it.
Asked by: KeatsGirl
The elfa Narrow Melamine Top, item 663200, fits atop the elfa Letter-Size Cart. However, the Frame File Channels must first be removed. So, the frame would no longer hold letter-size hanging file folders.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2018-03-17

Can this be disassembled and reassembled?

My husband assembled this upside down so that the smaller one-runner drawer is too close to the bottom of the hanging files, rendering that drawer unusable. Before trying to take it apart and reassemble it the correct way, I want to be sure the wheels will come off without being damaged and that I will simply be able to turn it over and reassemble it. Thank you!
Asked by: ContainerStoreJunkie78738
To disassemble the frame, use WD-40 or a silicone-based spray to lubricate the metal corner grooves. Then, tap out the crossbars using a mallet. Once you have wiped clean the crossbars, they can be reassembled.
Answered by: lgmorris
Date published: 2017-10-03


Can the hanging bar for the folders be moved? I have 12X12 hanging file folders for scrapbook papers that I would like to use but I thing the measurements might be a little wide based on the legal measurements.
Asked by: Kaitshel
Yes, the file channels of our elfa Mesh Legal-Sized File Cart clip on to the top cross bars of the elfa Drawer Frame and are adjustable.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2018-02-15

I need one deep drawer for the bottom instead of the 2. Is it possible to get this change made before purchasing?

Asked by: rabutler
Our elfa Mesh File Carts are prepackaged and sold as is. elfa Mesh Drawers are available open stock if you'd like to customize your cart after purchase.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-01-21
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