What Are The Different Types of File Cabinets?

Go Back

When it comes to keeping your workspace organized, file cabinets can provide the much needed storage space for the files and papers that tend to pile up on your desk. File cabinets are made for a wide variety of uses and come in all kinds of sizes. Below we've laid out some of the most common file cabinets and what they're used for.

File Cabinet Types

Some of the most common file cabinets are:

  • Lateral file cabinets
  • Vertical file cabinets
  • Mobile file cabinets
  • Flat file storage cabinets
  • Side tab filing systems
  • Card file storage

Below we've listed the different types of file drawers to help you make the selection that's best for you:

Lateral File Cabinets

Lateral file cabinets, commonly referred to as horizontal file cabinets, provide a wide enough filing system that accommodate both letter and legal sized paperwork. If you're looking for something that holds both types of papers, then this is a great file cabinet option. Lateral files come in a wide variety of styles and colors and you can find them in wood, laminate, veneer and metal.

lateral file cabinet

Our selection of lateral files come from trusted brands like Sauder, Bestar and Bush, which you can shop here.

Vertical File Cabinets

Vertical file cabinets are a great way to store files without taking up too much floor space. These compact file storage options come in a wide variety of styles and materials as well, including wood veneer, laminate, metal and solid wood.

vertical file cabinet

Our selection of vertical files include brands like Bush, Haugen and Bestar. Shop our vertical file cabinets here.

Mobile File Cabinets

Mobile file cabinets work great as under desk filing cabinets and can serve as portable file systems because of the convenient casters that allow you to easily transport from room to room.

mobile file cabinet

Shop mobile file cabinets here.

Flat File Storage Cabinets

Flat file storage cabinets work as a perfect solution for those who have large documents like blueprints, artwork, drawings, or maps that need a place to be stored.

flat file storage

Shop our selection of flat file cabinets here.

Side Tab Filing Systems

Side tab filing systems work as a great solution for medical facilities due to their sturdy construction and ability to house a large amount of documents. Side tab files come in a variety of styles, with or without a door.

side tab filing system

Shop brands like Tennsco and HON in our selection of medical file cabinets here.

Card File Storage

Card file storage cabinets work as a reliable filing solution for libraries and institutions that need a place to house index cards. These cabinets were built specifically for card catalogs and come in a variety of sizes.

card file storage

Shop card file cabinets here.

That wraps up some of the most common file cabinets you'll come across, each with it's unique purpose to help you get your files in order. To shop all file cabinet types, visit here.

About the Author:

Rachel is the SEO & Social Media Specialist for OfficeFurniture.com and OfficeChairs.com. When not working you can find her hanging out with her energetic Corgi, Gambit.


Featured Items


Mission Pasadena Two Drawer Lateral File, MRT-MP450
Customer Rating 4.7 out of 5

Mission Pasadena Two Drawer Lateral File

$524

Save 28% | Free Shipping | Ships Today

Burnished Oak Four Drawer Vertical File, MRT-HO204B
Customer Rating 4.6 out of 5

Burnished Oak Four Drawer Vertical File

$689

Save 37% | Free Shipping

Wood Five Drawer Plan File - 40"W, 8803227

Wood Five Drawer Plan File - 40"W

$1,889

Save 47% | Free Shipping

Six Drawer Card File, TES-CF-646

Six Drawer Card File

$879

Save 29% | Free Shipping

Add a Comment


Copyright © 2001-2016
All Rights Reserved