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Metal File Cabinets

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 2-Drawer Vertical File Cabinets, 26.5-inches, Assorted Colors
Item : SS4346367
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  • Two-drawer vertical file cabinet
  • Includes factory-installed lock with two keys
  • Made from 30 percent post-consumer materials
As low as 228.99 $228.99
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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 office use
  • Single lock secures both drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
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102.99 $102.99
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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 office use
  • Single lock secures top 2 drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
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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 office use
  • Single lock secures top 2 drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
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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 office use
  • Single lock secures both drawers
  • Ideal for moderate use
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249.99 $249.99
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Staples 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 4-Drawer Letter Size Vertical File Cabinet, Light Grey (26.5-Inch)
Item : 470384 / Model : 13445D
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  • Four-drawer vertical file cabinet
  • Designed for letter-size documents
  • Ball-bearing drawer suspension for easy open and close
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Hirsh Industries 2 Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 30"W (18938)
Item : 104843 / Model : 18938
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  • Compact lateral file cabinet with 2 drawers
  • Accommodates letter-size hanging folders
  • Dimensions: 27-3/4 by 30 by 17-5/8 inches (HxWxD)
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275.99 $275.99
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Office Designs 2 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 18''D (13679)
Item : 485960 / Model : 13679
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  • 2 black drawers for letter-size hanging filesGlide suspension for smooth drawer movement
  • Includes lock for security
  • Lightweight steel construction
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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
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Office Designs 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 18''D (17438)
Item : 821382 / Model : 17438
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  • Office filing cabinet with 3 drawers
  • High side drawers accommodate letter-size files
  • Single lock secures two top drawers
133.99 $133.99
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Z-Line 2 Drawer Vertical File, Cherry,Letter/Legal, 18.3''W (ZL2251-2CVU)
Item : 49398 / Model : ZL2251-2CVU
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  • Cherry finish with black accents
  • Accept letter and legal sized hanging files
  • Dimensions: 28 1/4"(H) x 18 17/27"(W) x 16 11/29"(D)
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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
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25.79 $25.79
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Office Designs 18" Deep Vertical File Cabinets, Letter Size
Item : SS1031080
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  • Accepts letter size files
  • 4 drawers
  • Available in Black, Metallic Charcoal, or Stone
As low as 153.99 $153.99
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Staples 3 Drawer Mobile/Pedestal File, White,Letter, 15''W
Item : 321366 / Model : 26815D
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  • 19.88" D x 15" W x 27.75" H
  • Full extension file drawer and box drawers allow you to reach all the way to the back
  • Smooth gliding ball-bearing suspension makes opening and closing easy
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HON Lock Core Replacement Kit for Vertical File Cabinets, Chrome (HF24X) NEXT2018 NEXT2Day
Item : 882458 / Model : HONF24
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  • Installs in existing lock cylinder quickly and easily ohm any vertical file
  • Core is specially shaped for vertical files; for all other HON files, storage cabinets, pedestals and overhead cabinets select model HF23C (Chrome) or HFC23B (Black)
  • Chrome finish blends with all HON metal files, desks and overhead cabinets
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HON Single Front-to-Back Hanging File Rails, 4/Ct NEXT2018 NEXT2Day (H919491X)
Item : 378072 / Model : H919491X
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  • HON Single Rail Hanging Racks, 4-Pack
  • Gray finish
  • 0.69"H x 15.02"W x 0.97"D
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27.59 $27.59
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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
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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
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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
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