Storage Cabinets

Filing cabinets and more

In order to keep everything neat and tidy, and to avoid a tax-time nightmare, every office will need a storage solution. Depending on the size of your office and the nature of your business, you may need to line a wall with storage cabinets, or you might be able to stay organized with a 2-drawer file cabinet. Regardless of the amount of storage you need, you can find an office filing cabinet that is both functional and attractive.

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Office Filing Cabinets

Although many offices have embraced the concept of electronic record keeping, there is still a real need for a business to keep tangible documents. File cabinets come in all shapes and sizes: they can be horizontal or vertical, short or tall, or made of wood or metal. Whatever the design, the purpose of a filing cabinet is to organize and protect documents, so that you'll have no trouble finding the file folder you need, and will be able to lock it up after you're done with it.

When shopping for a filing cabinet, ensure that the drawers are large enough to hold the size of paper that your office typically uses. In the United States, file cabinets are generally built to hold letter-size paper, but if your company uses paper with different dimensions, there are several companies that construct cabinets to accommodate larger sizes. Whether the cabinet is made of wood or sheet metal, the drawers will be mounted on a metal track; be sure that each drawer rolls smoothly and is held properly.

For small offices, you will want to choose low profile office equipment that will not overtake your work space. A vertical file cabinet is a popular choice for many offices, as it takes up less floor space than a horizontal cabinet, and can vary in height to accommodate your specific filing needs. The 4-drawer vertical file cabinet is the most popular version for businesses, but the 2-drawer version can fit nicely alongside a desk.

Lateral File Cabinets

If you have precious little office space and lots of paper to file, consider the benefits of a lateral file cabinet, which resembles a dresser with wide drawers and a stylish wood finish. The file folders are generally hung across the width of the drawer, instead of front to back. Many people find that a lateral cabinet is more efficient and versatile than the more traditional vertical cabinet—the wide drawers make it easy to glance down and find what you need quickly, and since the drawer does not need to be pulled out as far as a vertical cabinet, it's a great choice for tight spaces. The attractive design will also look great beside sleek desks or conference tables.

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