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Beware The PRETTY FILING CABINETS Scam

The humble office filer scarcely attracts very much thought in our busy offices but an excellent 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 a lot of offices still produce large levels of written documentation and paperwork that should be filed away.

Filing cabinets are usually manufactured from 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 depending on the quality of the filing cabinet supplied. Wooden filing cabinets tend to be very durable but tend to be supplied with a warranty of between 1 and 5 years.

Filing cabinets are made to store tab files that hold on runners inside each filing drawer. One key design option to look out for when choosing a filing cabinet is full drawer extension. Basically that’s where the filing drawers can be pulled out 100% so that the files located at the very back of the drawer could be easily accessed with no need to reach back to the cabinet to get the required files.

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

You can find two common sizes of suspension file in Europe, foolscap and A4. Foolscap is by far the most commonly used size found 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 most notable of the drawer sides in a standard filing cabinet so the suspension files are usually made to run from front to back.

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

Another popular kind of filing cabinet is the lateral filer that is just an extra wide filing cabinet where the suspension files are most commonly designed to run from side to side instead of front to back. The alternative unit for storing suspension files is tambour system storage units with the wooden or steel carcass which were supplied with grab suspension file frames.

European business furniture manufacturers offer an extensive range 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 best brand for metal filing cabinets and their flagship BS range of cabinets were created with durability in mind and are usually given 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.