Make sure the drawers come with bars to hold the hanging file folders, otherwise you will have to purchase the metal file frames and insert them on your own. Before checking out, make sure each drawer of the file cabinet has all the bars because the rails that come with a new file cabinet are generally sturdier than those that are sold separately.
If you have a used file cabinet without bars, be sure to purchase high quality file hanging rails. This will ensure the files move smoothly within the drawers. Trust me, you won’t want to skimp on this.
4. What material would work best?
Not all filing cabinets are made equally, but there is a wide variety of materials available. You want to purchase a good, strong, sturdy paper organizer that will last for many years, rather than a flimsy piece that will bend, break, or be difficult to open and close.
Metal filing cabinets are the most popular, are made from galvanized steel, and are very durable—though many don’t consider them very attractive. Regardless, they are typically long-lasting and can come in different colors to match a room’s decor.
There are also laminate file cabinets—which are made of laminate-covered particle board and resemble real wood—along with more expensive solid wood file cabinets. These wood file cabinets look great and blend into rooms like any traditional piece of furniture, but add the functionality of paper storage drawers.
5. Should you invest in a fireproof file cabinet?
Fireproof file cabinets are specially formulated with insulation-proof materials that protect against fire as well as the water from sprinkler systems. Since they can guard your documents against these potential disasters, they’re well-worth the extra expense, especially in regions of California that are prone to wildfires.
6. Does it matter if the file cabinet locks?