Coiled-coil domains of intermediate filaments (IF) and prokaryotic IF-like proteins enable oligomerisation and filamentation, and no additional function is ascribed to these coiled-coil domains. However, an IF-like protein from Streptomyces reticuli was reported to display cellulose affinity. We demonstrate that cellulose affinity is an intrinsic property of the IF-like proteins FilP and Scy and the coiled-coil protein DivIVA from the genus Streptomyces. Furthermore, IF-like proteins and DivIVA from other prokaryotic species and metazoan IF display cellulose affinity despite having little sequence homology. Cellulose affinity-based purification is utilised to isolate native FilP protein from the whole cell lysate of S. coelicolor. Moreover, cellulose affinity allowed for the isolation of IF and IF-like protein from the whole cell lysate of C. crescentus and a mouse macrophage cell line. The binding to cellulose is mediated by certain combinations of coiled-coil domains, as demornstrated for FilP and lamin. Fusions of target proteins to cellulose-binding coiled-coil domains allowed for cellulose-based protein purification. The data presented show that cellulose affinity is a novel function of certain coiled-coil domains of IF and IF-like proteins from evolutionary diverse species.