File Cabinet Buying Guide
File Cabinets 101
Types of File Cabinets
Vertical File Cabinets
Lateral File Cabinets
Mobile File Cabinets
Fire Resistant File Cabinets
File Cabinet Buying Tips:
- Determine which storage configuration best suits both your storage needs and your workspace layout
- Measure the spot where you intend to place your new filing cabinet, ensuring there's room for the drawers to open fully
- Shop for versatile file storage if you expect your needs to grow or change
- Choose a colour and style that matches your existing home office furnishings
- Consider your security requirements
File Cabinet Features
Filing cabinets typically have two to five drawers, while storage boxes are most commonly single-drawer portable filing cabinets. Consider how frequently you'll need to access your filing cabinet and how much wear and tear your drawers will need to endure. Many professional-grade filing cabinets feature ball-bearing suspension tracking for smooth-gliding drawers. To avoid tipping, choose a filing cabinet with interlocking drawers, a safety feature that prevents multiple drawers from opening at once.
Most filing cabinets are made of wood, metal or plastic. Each material has its benefits, but your specific needs will ultimately dictate your best option. A wood filing cabinet complements a modern upscale workspace. Metal file cabinets are well suited for office settings and also are a good choice for unheated environments such as outdoor spaces, garages and storage lockers. For temporary file storage or growing projects, plastic filing cabinets offer the benefits of being lightweight and easy to rearrange.
Locking drawers are a standard feature of most filing cabinets to ensure document safety, security and privacy. Some models have a central locking mechanism that secures all the drawers at once. Other models feature individually locking drawers, allowing you the convenience of controlling security on a drawer-by-drawer basis.
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- Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning and maintenance
- Occasionally check the wheel mechanisms on mobile file cabinets for cracks or weakness
- Dust and clean all exposed surfaces weekly using a duster or soft cotton cloth and dusting spray
- Clean all exposed wood surfaces yearly with soap and mineral water
- Clean hinges using mild dish soap and warm water, and tighten screws when necessary