File cabinets come in many sizes, styles and levels of quality. In addition to offering a way to organize and access your documents, file cabinets can also become flexible and useful pieces of furniture that can be used in almost any room of your home or office.
You can buy either metal or wood cabinets file. Wood, specifically solid oak, is the most attractive and durable material to look for. It will last a very long time and be an attractive addition to your home or office.
The many styles of solid wood file cabinets include Mission, Contemporary, and Traditional and come in several standard sizes, which include:
- Letter sized file cabinets, which generally hold only 8.5″ x 11″ paper, but can also be used for 8.5″ x 11″ legal size files.
- Legal size file cabinets, which generally hold both 8.5″ x 14″ and 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
- Lateral file cabinets, which come with 2 or 3 drawers and generally hold 8.5 x 11″ and 8.5″ x 14″ paper.
- Personal file cabinets that are generally smaller and hold only 8.5 x 11″ letter files
The letter or legal size file cabinet can be used the alternate way by moving the metal brackets.
Wood file cabinets are available with 2, 3, 4 or even 5 drawers. When deciding which one would work best for you, consider not only the amount of file storage needed, but also the other uses you have for the file cabinet as a piece of furniture. It could be used as an end table, a storage chest, a credenza, a DVD or video tape cabinet, a nightstand, or a place to keep your printer, fax machine, copier, or coffee machine.