The humble office filer scarcely attracts quite definitely thought in our busy offices but a quality filing cabinet should give years of problem free service. Even with the existing trend towards the paperless office, filing cabinets are still extensively used because the inescapable fact is that a lot of offices still produce large quantities of written documentation and paperwork that should be filed away.

Filing cabinets are usually manufactured from either steel or wood. Of both common materials used, metal filing cabinets are lighter, stronger, stronger and usually are given 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 tend to be supplied with a warranty of between 1 and 5 years.

Filing cabinets are created to store tab files that hang on runners inside each filing drawer. One key design substitute for look out for when deciding upon 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 without the need to reach back into the cabinet to find the required files.

Another important requirement is the anti tilt device which operates by stopping several drawer being opened simultaneously as the weight of drawers filled with files could easily cause a cabinet to fall over. Files should be loaded in to the bottom drawers of the filing cabinet first to aid with stability of the cabinet.

There are two common sizes of suspension file in Europe, foolscap and A4. Foolscap is the most commonly used size used in Britain and Ireland, whereas A4 may be the hottest size in continental Europe. The runners that support the suspension files are often built into the very best of the drawer sides in a standard filing cabinet therefore the suspension files are usually made 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 that is just a supplementary wide filing cabinet where the suspension files are most commonly designed to run from side to side rather than front to back. The alternative unit for storing suspension files is tambour system self storage with the wooden or steel carcass that have been supplied with grab suspension file frames.

European business furniture manufacturers offer an extensive range of tambour storage cupboards with an excellent selection of internal filing fitments. This design is a lot more popular in continental Europe. Pull out suspension filing units mainly accept A4 suspension files as standard, though often could be adapted to store foolscap suspension files.

Bisley filing cabinets are without doubt the best brand for metal filing cabinets and their flagship BS selection of cabinets are designed with durability in mind and so 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.