The humble office filer scarcely attracts very much thought inside 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 remain extensively used because 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 both common materials used, metal filing cabinets are lighter, stronger, stronger and usually are given a manufacturers guarantee of between 5 and 15 years with regards to the quality of the filing cabinet supplied. Wooden filing cabinets are often very durable but tend to be supplied with a warranty 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 option to look out for when deciding upon a filing cabinet is full drawer extension. Basically this is 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 without the need to reach back into the cabinet to get the required files.

Another important requirement may be the anti tilt device which operates by stopping multiple drawer being opened simultaneously because the weight of drawers full of 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.

There are two common sizes of suspension file in Europe, foolscap and A4. Foolscap is 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 often built into the very best of the drawer sides in a typical filing cabinet therefore the suspension files are usually designed to run from front to back.

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

Another popular type of filing cabinet may be the lateral filer that is just a supplementary wide filing cabinet where in fact the suspension files are mostly 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 have been supplied with pull out 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 far more popular in continental Europe. Grab suspension filing units mainly accept A4 suspension files as standard, though often could 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 are designed 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 all of which accept either foolscap or A4 suspension files. The BS4E four drawer filing cabinet gives 2.2 metres of filing storage.