Filing cabinets are essential in an office, and they’re a great help in organizing your documents at home too. Not only do filing cabinets keep your documents arranged so you can easily find them, they also keep them protected and out-of-sight. There are a lot of different types and features of filing cabinets available. When considering purchasing a filing cabinet for your home or office, consider these four key factors:
• Construction. Steel and wood are the two main types of materials used to construct filing cabinets. Steel file cabinets are known for their strength; they’re durable and resilient. In other words, they can take a lot of abuse, yet still look good and work well. Metal file cabinets are typically available in muted colors, such as tan, black, white, or sand, that blend in with any decor. Wood filing cabinets add an element of style and elegance to a home or office. Wood filing cabinets can be made completely out of solid wood or a combination of solid wood and veneers. They’re available in a variety of wood types, such as cherry, pine, oak, mahogany, and maple, to name a few.
• Types of Files. The two most popular types of file cabinets are vertical and lateral. Vertical file cabinets are the most common. They’re tall and thin, and typically have two to six drawers. For homes and offices that are tight on wall space, the vertical file cabinet is a good choice. However, vertical file cabinets need ample drawer opening space (typically 29 inches). On the other hand, a lateral file cabinet, also referred to as a horizontal file cabinet, has wider drawers, which enables you to store legal or other large documents. While vertical file cabinets can only store documents front-to-back, lateral file cabinets can also store them side-by-side, in addition to multiple front-to-back rows. Lateral file cabinets not only often offer additional storage space inside, but they provide extra topical work surface as well. Lateral file cabinets usually have shorter drawer extension than vertical file cabinets, so if walking space is at a premium, a lateral file cabinet might be a good option.
• Mobility. Will you want to move your filing cabinet around your home or office? If so, consider purchasing a mobile filing cabinet, which are equipped with caster wheels. Mobile file cabinets enable you to build your own modular units, according to your space and needs. Smaller mobile file cabinets can be tucked away under a desk when not in use. Mobile file cabinets come with features such as lockable casters, drawer locks, and a shelve for larger items.
• Safety Features. If having the peace of mind knowing that your valuable and confidential customer, client, or personal documents are safe and secure is a critical factor for you, then take a look at the many filing cabinets available with a key lock. Another crucial filing cabinet safety feature is interlocking drawers, which prevents more than one drawer from being opened simultaneously. Look for this anti-tip feature, especially if you’re purchasing the filing cabinet for your home, where there will be young children.