The humble office filer scarcely attracts very much 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 are still extensively used because the inescapable fact is that a lot of offices still produce large quantities of written documentation and paperwork that should be filed away.

Filing cabinets are usually made of either steel or wood. Of both common materials used, metal filing cabinets are lighter, stronger, more durable and usually are given a manufacturers guarantee of between 5 and 15 years based on the quality of the filing cabinet supplied. Wooden filing cabinets are often very durable but usually are 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 deciding upon a filing cabinet is full drawer extension. Basically this is where the filing drawers can be pulled out 100% so the files located at the very back of the drawer could be easily accessed without the need to reach back into the cabinet to find the required files.

Another important requirement may be the anti tilt device which operates by stopping more than one drawer being opened simultaneously because the weight of drawers full of files could easily cause a cabinet to fall over. Files should be loaded in to the bottom drawers of the filing cabinet first to aid 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 found in Britain and Ireland, whereas A4 may be the most popular size in continental Europe. solid wood twin bunk beds The runners that support the suspension files are often built into the top of the drawer sides in a standard filing cabinet so the suspension files are usually made to run from front to back.

Some filing cabinets include conversion fittings to permit 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 and so the filing cabinets shouldn’t be used as normal drawers.

Another popular kind of filing cabinet is the lateral filer which is just an extra wide filing cabinet where the suspension files are mostly designed to run from side to side instead of front to back. The choice unit for storing suspension files is tambour system self storage with either a wooden or steel carcass which have been supplied with grab suspension file frames.

European business furniture manufacturers offer an extensive selection of tambour storage cupboards having an excellent range of internal filing fitments. This design is a lot more popular in continental Europe. Grab 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 selection of cabinets are designed with durability in mind and 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 which accept either foolscap or A4 suspension files. The BS4E four drawer filing cabinet gives 2.2 metres of filing storage.