A filing cabinet (or sometimes file cabinet in American English) is a piece of office furniture usually used to store paper documents in file folders In the most simple context, it is an enclosure for drawers in which items are stored. The two most common forms of filing cabinets are vertical files and lateral files. A vertical file cabinet has drawers that extend from the short side (typically 15 inches) of the cabinet. A lateral file cabinet has drawers that extend from the long side (various lengths) of the cabinet. Filing cabinets can also come with different types of locks to increase the security of confidential information stored within them. There are two main types of filing cabinets; lateral and vertical filing systems. Although the structures of these are different, they offer the same benefits. Selecting between the two depends on the size and layout of the room.
Lateral file cabinets.
Vertical file cabinets.
Mobile file cabinets.
Flat file storage cabinets.
Side tab filing systems.
Card file storage.
The best advantage of a filing cabinet is perhaps their ability to hold large amounts of files without taking up too much floor space.
Filing cabinets also make it possible for employees to categorise and store files and folders. This makes it easier for employees to retrieve information and increases productivity.
Having all the necessary files and folders stored in a single place can reduce loss of company information or damage to the filing cabinet’s contents.
Companies can also increase security to the files and folders that are stored in the filing cabinet by getting fire-proof units.