Filing Cabinets in the Modern Office Environment

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The humble office filer scarcely attracts quite definitely thought inside our busy offices but a quality filing cabinet should give years of problem free service. Despite having the current trend towards the paperless office, filing cabinets remain extensively used as the inescapable fact is that most offices still produce large quantities of written documentation and paperwork that needs to be filed away.

Filing cabinets are usually manufactured from either steel or wood. Of the two common materials used, metal filing cabinets are lighter, stronger, more durable and usually are given a manufacturers guarantee of between 5 and 15 years depending on quality of the filing cabinet supplied. Wooden filing cabinets are often very durable but tend to be supplied with a guarantee of between 1 and 5 years.

Filing cabinets are designed to store tab files that hold on runners inside each filing drawer. One key design option to look out for when choosing a filing cabinet is full drawer extension. Basically that’s where the filing drawers can be pulled out 100% so the files located at the very back of the drawer could be easily accessed with no need to reach back to the cabinet to find the required files.

Another important requirement is the anti tilt device which operates by stopping more than one drawer being opened simultaneously because the weight of drawers filled with files could easily result in a cabinet to fall over. Files ought to be loaded into the bottom drawers of the filing cabinet first to assist with stability of the cabinet.

You can find two common sizes of suspension file in Europe, foolscap and A4. Foolscap is the most commonly used size used in Britain and Ireland, whereas A4 may be the most popular size in continental Europe. The runners that support the suspension files are usually built into the very best of the drawer sides in a typical filing cabinet therefore the suspension files are usually designed to run from front to back.

Some filing cabinets include conversion fittings to allow either foolscap or A4 sizes to be stored. Users must remember that the drawer bases in filing cabinets (and particularly in wooden filing cabinets) are not generally designed to support great weight so the filing cabinets should not be used as normal drawers.

Another popular type of filing cabinet is the lateral filer which is just an extra wide filing cabinet where in fact the suspension files are most commonly designed to run laterally rather than front to back. The choice unit for storing suspension files is tambour system self storage with the wooden or steel carcass which have been supplied with grab suspension file frames.

European office furniture manufacturers offer an extensive range of tambour storage cupboards with an excellent selection of internal filing fitments. This design is far more popular in continental Europe. Pull out suspension filing units mainly accept A4 suspension files as standard, though often could be adapted to store foolscap suspension files.

Bisley filing cabinets are without doubt the best brand for metal filing cabinets and their flagship BS range of cabinets are designed with durability in mind and so are usually supplied with a 10 or 15 year manufacturers warranty. The BS series features fully welded construction with twin skin drawer fronts.

Drawers are fitted onto roller ball bearing slides which deliver extra-smooth action and 100% extension. The Bisley BS range includes five, four, three and two drawer versions all of which accept either foolscap or A4 suspension files. The BS4E four drawer filing cabinet gives 2.2 metres of filing storage.