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In offices with a lot of paper files to keep track of, a metal filing cabinet offers space and a natural compartment. Typically built from strong steel, metal office filing cabinets keep files safe and well-organized. Many also have locks to restrict access to key holders and authorized personnel only. Filing cabinets come in a range of sizes and shapes, with each suited to its own filing system. You'll find a variety of file storage systems at Staples®.

Types of Metal Filing Cabinets
Vertical filing cabinets are the most common type in modern offices, and these relatively tall, thin models are what most people think of when the subject comes up. Standing an average of 5 feet tall, and designed with 4 or 5 drawers each, they make good all-purpose and general-use filing cabinets. Vertical models are narrow, to save floor space in a crowded office, and they work well for long-term storage, especially in the hard-to-reach bottom drawer. Keeping more frequently used files in the top drawer makes them easy to get at when they're needed.

Metal lateral file cabinets are another popular design. These sturdy models are much shorter than vertical units, often standing less than 3 feet tall, and they often fit under cubicle desks and make a good choice for quick access to files an employee uses daily. Their two or three drawers tend to be a lot wider than those of other cabinets', so they can have the same or similar storage space. File dividers help organize the contents within the drawers, rather than using separate drawers for different files.

Storage Space Inside Metal Filing Cabinets
How much space a cabinet has for files largely depends on the number and width of the drawers. A 42-inch-wide lateral cabinet, for instance, can provide more than 20,000 cubic inches of volume for large files and other items. Vertical cabinets usually have a lot less space per drawer, but they stack more drawers into a single casing, and so the space they offer is equivalent to the lateral models.

Metal Filing Cabinet Accessories
Most filing cabinets can be even more useful with a few accessories added to them. Wire hangers, for example, sit inside the drawer and can accommodate hanging file folders that vastly improve most filing systems. One folder, for instance, may hold all of the current month's personnel reports, while separate folders hold previous months' records.

File dividers are another helpful accessory that most cabinets have room for. Dividers split up blocks of files across the drawer and permit easy grouping of documents into large categories or year-long blocks of back records.

Can Metal Filing Cabinets Be Moved?
Some filing cabinets can be easily rolled across the floor on built-in casters. These wheels rotate freely through 360 degrees, which makes steering them easy, and many have locking mechanisms for when the cabinet needs to stay put.

How Big Are Metal Filing Cabinets?
Cabinets vary in size, but a vertical model is likely to be about 26 inches wide and five feet tall. Lateral cabinets are much shorter, but an under-the-desk model can be up to four feet wide.
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Staples 4-Drawer 25" Deep Commercial Vertical File Cabinets, Letter Size
Item: SS1004687
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  • Letter size, featuring high sided drawers for hanging file folders
  • Includes Factory Installed Lock
  • Smooth and quiet drawer performance
As low as 249.99 $249.99
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Staples 4 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Metal, Letter Size, 26.5"D
Item: SS8116422
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  • Four-drawer vertical file cabinet
  • Designed for letter-size documents
  • Ball-bearing drawer suspension for easy open and close
As low as 259.99 $259.99
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Staples 2-Drawer Letter Size Vertical File Cabinet, 26.5-Inch
Item: SS994633
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  • Designed for letter-size documents
  • Ball-bearing drawer suspension for easy open and close
As low as 228.99 $228.99
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Staples 3-Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 18" D (52151)
Item: 2806770 / Model : 52151
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  • File Cabinet with 3 drawers for home or small office use
  • Single lock secures top 2 drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
111.99 $111.99
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Staples 2-Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 30" W (52141)
Item: 2806762 / Model : 52141
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  • File Cabinet with 2 drawers for home or small office use
  • Single lock secures both drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
259.99 $259.99
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Staples 2-Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Integrated Label Holder, Black, Letter, 18" D (52142)
Item: 2806589 / Model : 52142
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  • File Cabinet with 2 drawers for home or small office use
  • Single lock secures both drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
104.99 $104.99
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Staples 3-Drawer Vertical Mobile File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 19" D (52156)
Item: 2806766 / Model : 52156
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  • File Cabinet with 3 drawers for home or small office use
  • Single lock secures top 2 drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
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HON 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, 20"D (BSXHBMP2BP) NEXT2018 NEXT2Day
Item: 2610181 / Model : BSXHBMP2BP
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  • Pedestal File for everyday use
  • Color is Black
  • Dimensions: 28"H x 15"W x 19.88"D
259.99 $259.99
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Office Designs 18" 3-Drawer Utility File Cabinets, Letter Size
Item: SS1077891
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  • Two high side drawers accept letter-size hanging files
  • One accessory drawer for organizing incidentals
  • Two colors available; charcoal or white
As low as 96.99 $96.99
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Staples Adjustable File Caddy, Black (52140)
Item: 2806764 / Model : 52140
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  • Designed for transportation of letter and legal sized filing cabinets
  • Suitable for 4-drawer vertical file cabinets
  • Adjusts from 18 inches to 26.5 inches deep
24.99 $24.99
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basyx by HON® 400 4 Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Black 36"W (H484LP)
Item: 331478 / Model : H484LP
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  • Lateral File Cabinet
  • 4 Drawers
  • 53 1/4"H x 36"W x 19 1/4"D
529.99 $529.99
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HON Single Front-to-Back Hanging File Rails, 4/Ct NEXT2018 NEXT2Day (H919491X)
Item: 378072 / Model : HON919491
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  • Single Rail Hanging Racks
  • Gray Finish
  • Dimensions: 0.69"H x 15.02"W x 0.97"D
30.99 $30.99
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HON Lock Core Replacement Kit for Vertical File Cabinets, Chrome (HF24X),
Item: 882458 / Model : HONF24
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  • Chrome Lock Core Kit for Vertical Files
  • Finish is Chrome
  • Dimensions: 1.25"H x 1.25"W x 1"D
43.99 $43.99
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Staples Front to Back Lateral File Rails
Item: 564138 / Model : 15300
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  • Fits all Staples Brand lateral files
  • 4 per pack
  • One 4 pack completes the following: 30" wide 2 drawer - 2 rows each drawer - LTR/LTR
25.79 $25.79
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As low as 89.99 $89.99
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Safco® 5-Drawer Steel Flat File Closed Base, Light Gray, Letter (4970LG)
Item: 278912 / Model : 4970LG
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  • Light gray, 22 gauge steel
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2"H x 24"W x 1 1/8"D
  • Unit capacity is stackable 2 high on closed base and 1 high on high base
106.99 $106.99
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As low as 99.99 $99.99
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Hirsh Industries 4 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Mobile, White, Letter/Legal, 18''D (19537)
Item: 1159767 / Model : 19537
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  • Mobile cabinet is an ideal storage solution for offices, dorm rooms or craft rooms
  • Easy roll casters provide mobility and tuck under most work surfaces when not in use
  • Smooth glide suspension rolls evenly
129.99 $129.99
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Poppin White Stow File Cabinet with Casters, 2-Drawer, Letter/Legal Size
Item: 1583694 / Model : 100914
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  • Hanging-file drawer holds letter and legal; full-extension glides provide easy access to all folders
  • White powder-coated steel
  • 15.75"W x 20"D x 25"H
309.99 $309.99
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Z-Line Designs 28 1/4" Wood 2-Drawer Lateral File Cabinets
Item: SS2100072
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  • Cherry powder coated finished wood construction
  • File drawer accommodates letter and legal size hanging files
  • Dimensions: 28 1/4"(H) x 29"(W) x 16.38"(D)
As low as 139.99 $139.99
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HON Brigade 600 Series Lateral File, 2 Drawers, Aluminum Pull, 36"W, Black Finish,
Item: 231969 / Model : HON682LP
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  • 2 Drawer Lateral File for high-activity filing
  • Finish color is Black
  • Dimensions: 28.38"H x 36"W x 19.25"D
419.99 $419.99
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As low as 156.99 $156.99
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Hirsh Industries 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Mobile, Black, Letter, 19''D (19630)
Item: 1235595 / Model : 19630
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  • Cabinet with 3 drawers for home or office use
  • File drawer accommodates letter-size hanging file folders
  • 2 top drawers ideal for small supplies
153.99 $153.99
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