John Lewis Abacus 3-Drawer Wide Filing Chest

Product information

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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John Lewis
H166 x W77 x D33cm
Eligible for International Delivery
Furniture Range
Oak Veneer

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 4.5 out of 5 by 38 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Solid piece of furniture. Good solid item of furniture. Easy to assemble. Purchased matching bookcase and both items of furniture are attractive additions to my room. 24 November 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bare minimum of oak and a very misleading description The description states "it’s made from oak solids and veneers". Technically true for facing parts only, but be in no doubt that the four small feet are the only solid oak element of this product, the other 98% is chipboard and a mix of surprisingly thin laminate and oak veneers. Before buying, be aware that the drawer sides, bases and backs are NOT oak veneer, they are cheap LAMINATE and in our case are extremely poorly matched in both grain and colour. If intended to be freestanding, also be aware that the back edges of the side sections are not even veneered at all! Not in any way a fair description of the product John Lewis! The laminate veneer used is a far cry from the images used to advertise the product and although mostly internal, is cheap and aesthetically unacceptable. 18 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by High quality product We were so impressed by the quality of this product line we bought it twice. After initially fitting out my wifes study with this furniture, and seeing how well engineered this range is, I had no hesitation in repeating the order but this time including the drawer pack. It is of exceptional quality, goes together well and with its beautiful wood veneer finish, certainly does not look anything like a flat pack unit. Don't waste your money on anything cheaper, this is what you need. 19 October 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sound office furniture Purchased two 3-drawer wide filing chests and two wide cupboards for my home office. They are of course largely made of veneered chip-board and printed hardboard but with solid oak legs and handles. The filing drawers (difficult to see in the photographs) take two rows of A4 suspension files front to back - rather than one row along the full length. They arrived very well packed and were simple enough to put together - though, as ever, the pictograms skipped one or two vital bits you had to discover for yourself! (e.g. which way up do the drawer sliders go) All in all, a good sound product without being top of the range. 11 August 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Useful and spacious filing cabinet Really pleased with this filing cabinet, it is spacious and a really useful,piece of furniture which looks good in a corner of our living room. 20 May 2015
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
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