Lateral Filing Cabinets – Function and Style

Although the most frequent type of filing cabinet found in the office or at home is the vertical filing cabinet, a lateral file cabinet has numerous appealing perks. Built with strength, volume and style in mind, a lateral file cabinet can hold huge amounts of paperwork with less floor space. It is also more effective compared to stacking several units’ vertical file cabinets.

A lateral cabinet mimics a regular utility cabinet, with horizontal drawers resembling that of a standard dresser. Files are stored side-to-side instead of front-to-back, as as that of a vertical cabinet. Several models of lateral file cabinets come with flexible functioning inserts that can be operated either way.

By storing files side-to-side, the spacious drawers of a lateral filing cabinet makes it easy for its users to go through large numbers of files with ease. This feature becomes more useful in limited spaces where users are presented with limited work space. Because of its flexibility of holding more files, this office furniture is most of the time found schools, law enforcement offices, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other spaces that needs continuous retrieval of files or paperwork. Depending on the model, this office furniture can have two or more drawers, which can be placed side-by-side if preferred.

Several models of this type include drawers that are adjustable or counterbalanced. This helps the cabinet from becoming unstable or top heavy when all drawers are opened. More units that are taller are normally made with a mechanism that allows only one drawer to open at any given time. A double-walled or reinforced lateral file cabinet will guarantee that the furniture will retain its shape for years on end. With steel ball bearings for rollers, suspension and other design features makes a huge change with the ease of operation of the furniture.

The common components of lateral filing cabinets are wood and steal. Most designs employ a storage cabinet or office supply pantry above, and a few additional filing drawers at the bottom. For aesthetic purposes, a wood made, two-drawer lateral file cabinet can act as a functional printer, fax, or telephone stand. There are also several lateral file cabinets that can be mounted on walls.