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Flat Filing Buying Guide
Flat filing helps to manage items or documents of a particular size that may not fit or store easily in traditional filing cabinets. There are various types of flat filing units, so this guide provides information to help you to select the ideal product for your needs. The specifications and components that make up flat filing units include drawer style and security.

Flat Files

Flat files are used to store two dimensional documents. The capacity of the drawers in a flat filing unit depends on the stock of the paper and how often the documents need to be accessible. Flat files are available in a variety of materials including fiberboard and steel. Some flat filing units provide more protection for fragile documents, such as a more pH balanced drawer environment.

Legal vs. Letter

Flat files are available in one of two different drawer types, legal or letter. Legal documents measure 8.5 inches by 14 inches. Legal-sized drawers can also accommodate letter documents, which are 8.5 inches by 11 inches. There are also flat filing units available in larger drawer formats to accommodate documents such as plan files.

Lock vs. No Lock

Many users look for flat filing cabinets with locks to secure their documents. Locks help to prevent unauthorized access which is especially important when dealing with sensitive or confidential files. Flat filing cabinet locks are generally key-operated. When looking for a locking unit, be sure to read the product description carefully. Some manufacturers choose to offer lock kits separately from the actual filing unit. Flat filing cabinets are also available without locks. This may be more appealing in an office where multiple people are using the same flat filing unit. We’re glad you narrowed your search down to Lateral Filing Cabinets for your home office or small business. Shop by Price or Material to find the right fit. We have Lateral Filing Cabinets to best suit the look of your office or building and offer a range of industry brand names like CommClad and BDI at a wide price range to cater to any type of office or business. We make finding the best Lateral Filing Cabinets for our commercial shoppers easy and cost effective by putting it all on the same site – Wayfair Supply.
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