Unit 9 - Filing Cabinets

Filing cabinets can be a great resource to utilize when it comes to storing important papers and documents in a place that's easily accessible. When it comes to choosing a filing cabinet that's ideal for your particular situation, there's a wide variety of different options to consider. Here's a brief overview on 4 of the most commonly used filing cabinet types.

1) Metal Filing cabinets
These types of cabinets are typically utilized by professional businesses, due to the fact that they offer more longevity and durability than other type of filing cabinets. These types of cabinets are sturdy and can withstand the test of time, if they are properly maintained.

2) Vertical Filing cabinets
The vertical filing cabinet is the most traditional of all filing cabinets. Due to its tall and slender frame, it can be easily placed in a corner. As vertical filing cabinets have 3-6 drawers, they are an ideal choice for individuals who have multiple types of documents that they wish to separate and organize.

3) Lateral Filing cabinets
Also known as horizontal filing cabinets, lateral filing cabinets, have wide drawers which allow you to store documents that are oddly shaped, such as legal papers and/or maps. Additionally, lateral filing cabinets can store up to 33% more documents than their vertical counterparts.

4) Rolling Filing cabinets
Rolling filing cabinets are typically lighter than the metal, vertical and lateral filing cabinets. They are an ideal choice if you need to move an abundance of files from one room to another for a presentation or to make copies.