We posted a file cabinet buying guide a couple years (and a name-change) ago. We’ve gotten a few requests during that time to update and streamline the post. Office Ink aims to please. So here are we are with the highlights: a quick guide to office file cabinets.
Lateral File Cabinets: best for small offices; frequently accessed files.
Horizontal lateral files are take up little interior space, so they are the best choice for small offices. Lateral file cabinets are available in a wide range of widths and heights. You can get lateral files big enough to divide a room, small enough to fit under your desk, or sized just right to to do double-duty as a new work surface.
Vertical File Cabinets: best for small offices; less frequently accessed files.
Vertical cabinets take up less wall space than lateral files, but they are too deep and bulky for small work areas. However, vertical file cabinets provide a ton of file storage. Use them to archive files you don’t need to get at every day.
Metal Cabinets: best for busy offices.
Metal file cabinets can take a lot of abuse, so they are best for choice for frequently accessed files.
Wood Cabinets: best for home and private offices.
Wood cabinets are usually more attractive than metal options, and relatively more expensive. However, they are a beautiful option if you don’t need to store a million file folders. Use them in your home office, or in a private office.
Check out the previously posted buying guide for a more in-depth look at your file cabinet options.