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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 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 215.99 $215.99
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Office Designs 2 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 18''D (13679)
Item : 485960
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  • 2 black drawers for letter-size hanging filesGlide suspension for smooth drawer movement
  • Includes lock for security
  • Lightweight steel construction
84.99 $84.99 99.99 $99.99
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Hirsh Industries 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Mobile, Black, Letter, 19''D (19630)
Item : 1235595
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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
149.99 $149.99
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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 149.99 $149.99
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Office Designs 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, Letter, 18''D (17438)
Item : 821382
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  • Office filing cabinet with 3 drawers
  • High side drawers accommodate letter-size files
  • Single lock secures two top drawers
109.99 $109.99 129.99 $129.99
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Poppin, Stow File Cabinet, Rolling 2-Drawer, White (100914)
Item : 1583694
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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
268.99 $268.99
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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 94.99 $94.99
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Staples Front to Back Lateral File Rails
Item : 564138
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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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HON® Single Rail Hanging Racks, Gray finish, 0.69"H x 15.02"W x 0.97"D, 4/Pk NEXT2017 NEXT2Day
Item : 378072
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  • HON Single Rail Hanging Racks, 4-Pack
  • Gray finish
  • 0.69"H x 15.02"W x 0.97"D
26.39 $26.39
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Ebern Designs Carson 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet
Item : WYF078281781935
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  • Locking drawer
  • Glide suspension
  • Pull handle
129.99 $129.99
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Latitude Run Holbrook 2-Drawer Commercial Legal Size File Cabinet; Black
Item : WYF078280585966
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  • Follower block included
  • Two drawer legal size vertical file cabinet
  • Ball-bearing slide suspension
174.99 $174.99
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HON® Lock Core Kit for Vertical Files, Chrome, 1 1/4"H x 1 1/4"W x 1"D NEXT2017 NEXT2Day
Item : 882458
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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
41.49 $41.49
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Staples 4-Drawer Letter Size Vertical File Cabinet, Light Grey (26.5-Inch)
Item : 470384
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  • Metal with light gray color finish featuring aluminum label holders and handles
  • Accommodates letter sized folders
  • Dimensions: 52"H x 15"W x 26.5"D
242.99 $242.99
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Latitude Run Scalzo 2 Drawer Letter-Size File Cabinet; Black
Item : WYF078282115428
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  • Includes Wire Follower
  • Ball-bearing slide-suspension for smooth drawer performance
  • Material: Commercial grade steel
147.99 $147.99
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Staples Mobile Pedestal File Cabinet
Item : SS2262353
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  • Fully extending drawers
  • Recessed and extended drawer fronts
As low as 199.99 $199.99
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Office Designs 18" Deep 2-Drawer Mobile Vertical File Cabinets, Letter Size
Item : SS1024432
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  • 2 drawer
  • 26 1/2"H x 14 1/4"W x 18"D
As low as 89.99 $89.99
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HON® 600 Series 30" Wide Lateral File Cabinets
Item : SS794768
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  • Available in 2, 3, 4 and 5 drawer
  • Accepts letter, legal or A4 hanging file folders
  • Three part telescoping steel ball bearing slide suspension with 40 steel ball bearings per slide
As low as 317.59 $317.59
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Staples Letter Size Vertical File Cabinet, 22-Inch
Item : SS1060841
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  • High-sided drawers for letter-size documents
  • Adjustable wire follower for hanging file folders
As low as 179.99 $179.99
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Hirsh Industries 4 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Mobile, White, Letter/Legal, 18''D (19537)
Item : 1159767
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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
99.99 $99.99 119.99 $119.99
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Latitude Run Scalzo 2 Drawer Letter-Size File Cabinet; Putty
Item : WYF078282115427
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  • Includes Wire Follower
  • Ball-bearing slide-suspension for smooth drawer performance
  • Material: Commercial grade steel
141.99 $141.99
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HON® 510 Series 25" Deep Commercial Full-Suspension Vertical File Cabinets, Letter Size
Item : SS943927
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  • Features high sided drawers for hanging letter size file folders
  • 10 nylon rollers for smooth drawer action
  • Includes HON "One Key" Core interchangeable core removable lock
As low as 212.99 $212.99
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Office Designs 18" Deep Vertical File Cabinets, Letter Size, 2 Drawer
Item : SS3936774
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  • Two drawer
  • 24-1/2"H x 14-1/4"W x 18"D
  • Various Colors
As low as 89.99 $89.99
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Seville Classics 3-Tier Legal Office File & Utility Cart w/ 2 Baskets
Item : WYF078278824394
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  • Pole diameter: 0.75"
  • Weight Capacity of Top Shelf: 25 lbs
  • Includes 3 separate tiers designed for multiple configurations
49.99 $49.99
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HON® 500 Series 36" Wide Lateral File Cabinets
Item : SS1007998
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  • Available in 2, 4 and 5 drawer
  • Accepts letter or legal hanging file folders
  • Steel ball-bearing slide drawer suspension
As low as 404.99 $404.99
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