Choosing Office Storage
Even though today we are using the internet to back up our files and information, there is still a demand for storage in offices. Having the right storage to suit you is important as it can save you much needed space around the office and help you to organise your archives correctly. Below is a list of the most common storage options used in offices:
Filing Cabinet – This is the most commonly used piece of office storage and has been for decades. Used to store lateral files, they come in 2, 3 or 4 drawer options that are foolscap (larger than A4 size) and are available in a range of colours and usually constructed of metal or wood.
Pedestals – This type of storage is usually used to accompany desks and stores stationary and other valuables. Usually constructed of wood or metal, they have 3 or 4 drawers and consist of stationary, shallow or filing drawers. They can either be made to desk height or mobile depending on the user, however mobile pedestals are small enough to fit underneath desks or can even be used to support desks. Examples of these are below:
Cupboards/Bookcases – Another commonly used piece of storage. A bookcase can be turned into a cupboard simply by the addition of doors. Usually constructed of wood, however some cupboards are made of metal, these items of furniture can come in a variety of colours depending on the manufacturer. As well as this some cupboards have the option of having glass doors; however these tend to be designer/high end cupboards. Cupboards can have standard shelves, lateral filing shelves, pull-out filing frames or pull-out shelves making them multipurpose and are available in a variety of sizes to suit the user’s needs. There are also cupboards that do not have conventional doors, but have folding doors or sliding doors. Some examples of these are pictured below:
Tambour Cupboards - The use of these cupboards has increase over the past decade or so. A tambour cupboard is space saving in the sense that the doors do not fold outwards, but doors roll sideways into the frame of the cupboard. Some tambour units have doors that roll upwards, however these are less common as the doors themselves are more fragile. Tambours are also multipurpose as they can hold a variety of shelves and frames, much like normal cupboards. Tambours are usually constructed of wood or metal (metal being the most popular and least expensive), however the slatted doors although can be wood are usually made of plastic.
Combination Cupboards – These are cupboards that have more than one use. For example the lower part of the cupboard could contain drawers, whereas the upper part could contain shelves. There are quite a few different combinations you could have depending on the manufacturer, with some containing doors and some not. Usually constructed from wood, these cupboards can come in a variety of sizes, colours and much like normal cupboards have the option of glass doors. Some examples of combination cupboards are pictured below:
Storage Wall – A great space saving solution for companies that need a lot of storage. Wall storage is designed to fit alongside the walls in an office to create more floor space around the office. Some wall storage uses doors and some without however wall storage is usually fully customizable and not sold as a set piece. Usually companies that fit wall storage will come out to you and assess the area/wall and give you a quote. Below are some examples of wall storage:
Plan Chests – This type of storage is usually for use for maps and large drawings so in studios and geographical and architectural institutes this is essential. They are usually constructed of metal or wood and contain wide yet shallow drawers that can be lockable. Available in a variety of sizes, from 4 drawers to 20 plus drawers, plan chests are also available in a variety of finishes depending on the manufacturer. Some examples of these are pictured below:
Lockers – Most of us have seen these whenever we visit the swimming pool so are relatively self-explanatory. Lockable to store valuable items, these normally come with a single conventional door and are usually constructed from metal however some are constructed from wood. Lockers do have the option to have shelves, but many do not, but do have a rail suitable for hanging clothes. Available in a range of colours and sizes, below are some examples: