A new lateral filing cabinet boats some of the following features:
Lateral filing cabinets are commonly used in lawyers offices, by accountants, insurance agents, doctors offices and any other business that may require large storage solutions for excess paperwork. These cabinets can be used to store clients files, keep an office organized and improve productivity where paperwork is storage on hard-copy rather than by digital file.
Most lateral filing cabinets provide you with rails or bars so you can customize how you file documents in each drawer. Legal or Letter sized paper filing can be done in these drawers by simply changing the configuration of the rails to meet the needs of the size of paper you are using. Standard letter paper measures 8.5 by 11 inches while legal sized documents measures 8.5 by 14 inches long. Legal sized paper is the same width but 3 inches longer.
When setting up a new lateral file cabinet for storing documents you can choose how to setup the rails, usually front to back or from left to right. Some cabinets will only supply you with rails for storing from left to right so if it is important to store documents from front to back make sure to check the features of the cabinets to insure you are getting what you need for document storage.
Most lateral filing cabinets will have different measurements but to some degree are all similar. In most cases depth of the cabinets measure from 18 to 22 inches and common lengths range from 36 to 48 inches long.
Common heights for lateral filing cabinets:
Some lateral filing cabinets include storage shelves that can be pulled out, normally this is in 5 drawer units where the bottom 4 drawers are standard filing drawers while the top drawer (the drawer above) is actually a shelf which can be used for added storage. In some cases you can find filing cabinets that have all pull out storage shelves. The cabinet itself looks exactly the same as a standard lateral filing cabinets but features all pull out drawers where you can place miscellaneous items from around your office.
There are several popular manufacturers of lateral filing cabinets and choosing one with a long-standing warranty can help protect you from what otherwise be a cheap product.
When buying a lateral filing cabinet we recommend any of the following brands which will provide you with long-standing reliability and durability.
In general the cosmetic finish of a laminate filing cabinet will hold up longer than a steel filing cabinet however there are pro’s and cons to each.