I'm not currently teaching school, but two years ago I needed something to tame my craft and art supplies. I went hunting on craigslist.org to see what was available. They have some really neat stuff! For those unfamiliar with Craigslist, it is an online classified place to post for free. People post about jobs, housing, personals, and things for sale. My favorite thing is finding furniture and items that would cost too much for a seller to ship somewhere else. When people are moving they are motivated to sell items for low prices.
Here is what I found on Craigslist to organize all my arts and craft stuff! I got this dresser for $100.
Then there is even a junk drawer at the bottom! It is for the unfinished projects, the 'quick, let's hurry up and clean before Dad gets home' spot, and a catch-all place that gets cleaned out monthly (or whenever the drawer won't close).
When you are perusing Craigslist, I recommend you think about the space you have available and what purpose you will be using it for. Know the maximum dimensions you can have and look accordingly. On Craigslist searches you should put your maximum spending limit and stick to it. These are typical words that are great storage furniture items for the classroom.
- Side table
One main thing you also want to consider is how you are going to move it around your room/classroom. If it is for your home, you probably don't need to worry about moving it too much, but if it is for your classroom I would suggest attaching lockable casters to the bottom. It will make it much more manageable to move when you need to.
Happy searching for your next furniture find to house all of your teaching supplies!