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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 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 269.99 $269.99
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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 234.99 $234.99
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Staples 2-Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Locking, Letter, Black, 30"W (52141)
Item: 2806762 / Model : 52141
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  • Lateral file cabinet for everyday use
  • Two-drawer filing cabinet holds letter size documents
  • Features black finish with metal construction
269.99 $269.99
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Staples 3-Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Locking, Letter, Black, 18"D (52151)
Item: 2806770 / Model : 52151
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  • Vertical file cabinet for everyday use
  • Three-drawer filing cabinet holds letter size documents
  • Features black finish with metal construction
79.99 $79.99 119.99 $119.99
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Staples 3-Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Locking, Letter, Black, 19"D (52156)
Item: 2806766 / Model : 52156
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  • Vertical file cabinet for everyday use
  • Three-drawer filing cabinet holds letter size documents
  • Features black finish with metal construction
139.99 $139.99 169.99 $169.99
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Staples 2-Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Locking, Letter, Black, 18"D (52142)
Item: 2806589 / Model : 52142
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  • Vertical file cabinet for everyday use
  • Two-drawer filing cabinet holds letter size documents
  • Features black finish with metal construction
74.99 $74.99 109.99 $109.99
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HON Brigade 600 Series 2-Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Locking, Letter/Legal, Black, 36"W (H682.L.P)
Item: 231969 / Model : HON682LP
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  • Lateral file cabinet for everyday use
  • Two-drawer lateral filing cabinet holds letter- or legal-size documents
  • Durable metal construction with a Black finish
429.99 $429.99
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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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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
33.79 $33.79
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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
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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 229.99 $229.99
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HON 2 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet, Black, 20"D (BSXHBMP2FP) NEXT2018 NEXTExpress
Item: 2634160 / Model : BSXHBMP2FP
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  • Pedestal File for everyday use
  • Color is Black
  • Dimensions: 28"H x 15"W x 19.88"D
159.99 $159.99 249.99 $249.99
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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
279.99 $279.99
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Staples Brand Vertical File Cabinet File Follower, 2 Pack
Item: 24337366 / Model : 45520
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  • For use with 25" and 26.5" vertical file cabinets
  • 2 per box
  • suitable for letter and legal sized documents
7.99 $7.99
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OIF 26 1/2" Deep 4 Drawer Letter Size Economy Vertical File, Light Gray
Item: EFS41107 / Model : 41107
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  • 4 drawer
  • 52"H x 15"W x 26 1/2"D
  • Light Gray
231.49 $231.49
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HON Vertical File Accessory Lock Core Kit, Chrome (HF24)
Item: 882458 / Model : HONF24
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  • Can be used to update security or to coordinate key codes between multiple components in an office suite
  • Chrome finish blends with most metal files, desks, and overhead cabinets
  • Dimensions: 1.25"H x 1.25"W x 1"D
48.09 $48.09
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HON Double Front-to-Back Hanging File Rails, 2 Pack (H919492X)
Item: 379138 / Model : HON919492
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  • Double Rail Hanging Racks
  • Gray Finish
  • Dimensions: 0.5"H x 15.71"W x 1.41"D
32.29 $32.29
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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
109.99 $109.99
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Staples Brand Lateral Front to Back File Rails, 2 Pack
Item: 24337365 / Model : 45519
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  • One 4 pack completes the following: 30" wide 2 drawer - 2 rows each drawer - LTR/LTR
  • 36" wide 2 drawer - 2 rows each drawer - LTR/LTR, LTR/LGL, LGL/LGL
  • 42" wide 2 drawer - 2 rows each drawer - LTR/LTR, LTR/LGL, LGL/LGL
24.99 $24.99
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Safco® Facil Steel Flat File Closed Base, Medium, Light Gray
Item: 278915 / Model : 4973LG
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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
116.99 $116.99
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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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basyx by HON 400 Series 4-Drawer Lateral File Cabinet, Locking, Letter/Legal, Black, 36"W (H484LP)
Item: 331478 / Model : H484LP
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  • Lateral file cabinet for everyday use
  • Four-drawer lateral filing cabinet holds letter- or legal-size documents
  • Durable metal construction with a Black finish
559.99 $559.99
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