What Are The Different Types of File Cabinets?

July 7, 2021

There are three main types of Filing Cabinets:

  • Vertical Filing Cabinets
  • Lateral Filing Cabinets
  • Pedestal Filing Drawers
  • Fire-Resistant Filing Cabinets
  • Compressed Filing Systems

While the first two are very similar in terms of how files are stored. The third option is the most efficient and organized way of storing files. Let’s explore each of these in detail:

  1. Vertical Filing Cabinets:

Vertical file cabinets are the name for the standard file system that you will find in most offices. They have remained a staple in offices across the world for a reason – they are sturdy and take up very little space, thanks to their vertical design. If you are in a smaller office or you have limited space, then a vertical file cabinet may be the perfect fit for you.

In addition, if you need more space quickly, it is easy to purchase one or more cabinets without having to accommodate a large metal filing cabinet.

  1. Lateral Filing Cabinets:

Lateral filing cabinets serve a similar need as vertical file cabinets, but these are significantly wider and take up more space, consequently. If you have room for one of these style cabinets, they are a solid investment, as they can hold more than twice as many files as a traditional vertical cabinet.

One downside here is that their width can make them harder to place in the office. You will need a dedicated space for these cabinets and it can be hard to decide when to buy another set. On the contrary, this is a great way to keep more files next to each other, as opposed to separating files across several smaller filing cabinets.

  1. Pedestal Filing Drawers:

Need something a little shorter that can fit in a cubicle or small office space? Then a pedestal file cabinet may be the solution you are looking for. These cabinets are made to fit underneath a desk, often sitting as part of an office cubicle set up. Different choices offer top drawers for office supplies with larger filing drawers underneath.

An advantage of these Pedestal Filing Drawers is that these are on wheels. Files can easily be moved around the office or be re-arranged.

  1. Fire-Resistant Filing Cabinets:

While we hope to never encounter a fire problem, there is always that possibility. Fire-resistant filing cabinets are built thicker and stronger to save any documents inside in the event of a fire or flood. For a business with sensitive documents that can’t be replaced, Fire-Resistant filing cabinets are a necessity.

  1. Compressed Filing Systems:

Compressed Filing Systems create a lot of storage space in confined areas. When more space is needed in existing premises, these Compressed FIling Systems allow you to gain space without any extensions. You can save up to 66% space by using this compact storage system.

Fitted on tracks and equipped with easy-to-use handles, the Compressed Filing System can also be fitted with adjustable shelving, our premium quality cupboards or drawers to suit your requirements.