Filing cabinets are one of those things we tend to take for granted, until we lose an important document or need to gather a series of documents that are lying around in different draws and other peculiar places.
They are a must whether you have a home office, an outside office or just within the home.
In just about every sphere of daily activity we tend to generate an enormous amount of paper and documents, and these have to be stored safely and in n organized way. This where filing cabinets come to the rescue.
You can find them made from a wide variety of materials including different types of wood (these tend to be the more expensive once), substitute or synthetic woods, steel and even plastic.
The reason why they were invented in the first place is simple enough. To organize and store documents, and as such are a tool that properly used become an efficiency tool.
There is not much use for a one of these items if the storing and safekeeping of documents is not done regularly and with an established order.
Although we know store much of our information, electronically, the need for physical storage is still there and in fact, probably more than ever before.
There are many sizes and styles of filing cabinets that will allow you to fit them in with the outlay of your office, but these fit into to basic types of cabinets. The vertical ones and the lateral ones.
Vertical ones hold documents that are placed one in front of the other. As you open the drawer the documents are stored with the front facing outward. The cabinet size will depend on the number of drawers that are placed one on top of the other, growing upwards.
Horizontal or lateral filing cabinets store the documents laterally, with the front facing the side. Size will therefore tend to be limited by the horizontal space. In office cubicle they tend to be the preferred choice.
Safety for your documents and files is one of the major requirements you look for in any office. In the first place so that individual files or documents don’t go wondering off or get lost in a pile. The other safety aspect is unauthorized viewing and removal . Metal file cabinets are your best choice for this. All drawers have locking mechanisms both for individual drawers and the full set of drawers. Fire safety is also better with these type of cabinets as the material will withstand fire much better and longer than the other options.
They are still part of the office furniture and as they serve a much needed service.