John Lewis Abacus 3-Drawer Wide Filing Chest

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This spacious filing desk is ideal for large home studies or professional offices. It’s made from oak solids and veneers and features three drawers to provide ample room for your books and papers as well as runners in the bottom drawer to keep hanging files.

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Assembly required
Flat packed for self assembly
John Lewis
H74 x W80 x D42cm
Eligible for International Delivery

Editor's Notes

The John Lewis Abacus collection features smart, contemporary home office pieces made from oak solids and veneers with a distinct grain. The great value pieces are simple and practical in style to complement any home décor. 

Please note: Not all of our Furniture ranges are on display at every branch. Please phone your nearest branch to check before you visit.


UK mainland delivery within 7 working days; may be longer for N Ireland, island and rural postcodes


International delivery not available

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Q & As

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 33 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by So practical This chest is perfect for smaller spaces because it is only 42 cm deep - makes my study look so much bigger. The drawers are smooth to pull out and hold so much. Appreciate having drawers of different depths to suit different items stored. 24 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Not just a filing chest! I purchased three items from this range, and am truly delighted with them. They look good of course. What is not so obvious from the website is the solid quality of the furniture, the smooth running of the drawers and the lack of that “flatpack nightmare”of any missing pieces! I agree with many previous reviewers that the estimated construction time is laughable (I’m not sure why they feel it necessary offer this information anyway). Fortunately, having been forewarned by previous customers, this did not cause any frustration, especially as the end result was so good. We were also grateful for the warning from other people about lining up the camlocks correctly and would agree with those people who have suggested labelling the wooden parts themselves would make life easier than trying to recognise them from a drawing. As for the filing chest particularly: this has worked out really well in the context of a combined study & guest bedroom. I am using it for clothes storage rather than filing. By not fixing the filing system in the bottom drawer it becomes excellent for jumpers! For a small chest it provides an impressive amount of space. 24 June 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Slightly disappointing I can see why this chest gets good reviews, but it gives the impression of being manufactured down to a price. It looks nice and does the job but the carcass is not very rigid and the MDF strips to reinforce the drawers are not sufficiently sturdy to prevent "drawer-sag" when there is any weight in the drawers. Several of the screws provided failed to grip in the board and needed replacing with longer ones. The oak veneer is not particularly well finished and sealed. Overall it lacks a "qualilty" look and feel, but with improved materials it could be a very good item. 27 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sturdy and practical This is straightforward to put together and is sturdy, providing an attractive piece of office furniture. Take care to study the diagrams very carefully to determine the right way for the drawer runners to be fitted. The deep bottom drawer provides 2 rows for hanging files. Unlike previous reviewers, I had no trouble purchasing inexpensive, own-brand A4 suspension files from a large on-line/out of town stationers, and there was enough height to the drawer to allow for the plastic identity tabs to be used on the files. Once filled, the weight of the files hasn't adversely affected the running of the drawer. We have bought 6 pieces from this range. This drawer unit looks great alongside the perfectly matched narrow 3-drawer filing chest. 11 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice office furniture Easy to assemble. Very pleased with the finished product - doesn't look self assembled. 25 April 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Should have been 5 stars I would have given this 5 starts other than the finish on the top edge is rough. Although Customer Services were very responsive the replacement top was equally as bad. I suspect that this is a general manufacturing fault and have therefore decided to live with it since I'm not going to take another day off work to accept another delivery, especially if the replacement is still not right. Other than that everything else is excellent and it is also fairly straightforward to assemble. Please note that there is no provision to connect to another item in the range (e.g. a desk). 24 March 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice looking product The time taken to put it together was much longer than quoted. The oak finish is very nice the item is pleasingly robust. The inside surfaces have a "plastic" veneer not wood like the outside 27 November 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by very sturdy piece of furniture looks good too easy to assemble & strong heavy looking looks good in office or room. 21 November 2012
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