The humble office filer scarcely attracts very much thought in our busy offices but a quality filing cabinet should give years of problem free service. Despite having the current trend towards the paperless office, filing cabinets are still extensively used as the inescapable fact is that most offices still produce large quantities 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, stronger and usually are supplied with a manufacturers guarantee of between 5 and 15 years based on the quality of the filing cabinet supplied. Wooden filing cabinets tend to be very durable but usually are 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 this is where the filing drawers can be pulled out 100% in order that the files located at the back of the drawer are able to be easily accessed with no need to reach back to the cabinet to obtain the required files.

Another important requirement may be the anti tilt device which operates by stopping several drawer being opened simultaneously because the weight of drawers full of files could easily cause 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 top of the drawer sides in a typical filing cabinet so 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 note that the drawer bases in filing cabinets (and particularly in wooden filing cabinets) are not generally made to support great weight and so the filing cabinets should not be used as normal drawers.

Another popular type of filing cabinet may be the lateral filer which is just a supplementary wide filing cabinet where in fact the suspension files are mostly designed to run laterally instead of 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 office furniture manufacturers offer an extensive selection of tambour storage cupboards having an excellent selection of internal filing fitments. This design is far 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 unquestionably 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 all of which accept either foolscap or A4 suspension files. The BS4E four drawer filing cabinet gives 2.2 metres of filing storage.