The humble office filer scarcely attracts very much thought inside our busy offices but a quality filing cabinet should give years of problem free service. Despite having the existing trend towards the paperless office, filing cabinets are still extensively used as the inescapable fact is that most offices still produce large levels of written documentation and paperwork that needs to be filed away.

Filing cabinets are usually made of either steel or wood. Of the two common materials used, metal filing cabinets are lighter, stronger, more durable and usually are supplied with a manufacturers guarantee of between 5 and 15 years with respect to the quality of the filing cabinet supplied. Wooden filing cabinets are often very durable but usually are supplied with a guarantee of between 1 and 5 years.

Filing cabinets are created to store tab files that hang on runners inside each filing drawer. One key design substitute for look out for when choosing a filing cabinet is full drawer extension. Basically this is where the filing drawers could be pulled out 100% so that the files located at the back of the drawer are able to be easily accessed without the need to reach back into the cabinet to get the required files.

Another important requirement is the anti tilt device which operates by stopping several drawer being opened simultaneously because the weight of drawers filled with files could easily cause a cabinet to fall over. Files should be loaded in to the bottom drawers of the filing cabinet first to assist with stability of the cabinet.

There are two common sizes of suspension file in Europe, foolscap and A4. Foolscap is by far the most commonly used size used in Britain and Ireland, whereas A4 is the most popular size in continental Europe. The runners that support the suspension files are usually built into the very best of the drawer sides in a standard filing cabinet therefore the suspension files are usually designed to run from front to back.

Some filing cabinets include conversion fittings to permit either foolscap or A4 sizes to be stored. Users must remember that the drawer bases in filing cabinets (and particularly in wooden filing cabinets) aren’t generally designed to support great weight and so the filing cabinets shouldn’t be used as normal drawers.

Another popular type of filing cabinet is the lateral filer which is just a supplementary wide filing cabinet where in fact the suspension files are most commonly designed to run laterally rather than front to back. The choice unit for storing suspension files is tambour system self storage with either a wooden or steel carcass which were supplied with grab suspension file frames.

European business furniture manufacturers offer an extensive selection of tambour storage cupboards having an excellent range of internal filing fitments. This design is a lot more popular in continental Europe. Pull out suspension filing units mainly accept A4 suspension files as standard, though often can be adapted to store foolscap suspension files.

Bisley filing cabinets are without doubt the leading brand for metal filing cabinets and their flagship BS selection of cabinets were created with durability in mind and are usually supplied with a 10 or 15 year manufacturers warranty. The BS series features fully welded construction with twin skin drawer fronts.

Drawers are fitted onto roller ball bearing slides which deliver extra-smooth action and 100% extension. The Bisley BS range includes five, four, three and two drawer versions which accept either foolscap or A4 suspension files. The BS4E four drawer filing cabinet gives 2.2 metres of filing storage.