How Do I Choose the Best Plastic File Cabinet?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
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  • Last Modified Date: 15 January 2019
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When choosing a plastic file cabinet, it is very important to consider the types of documents you might want to store in it. That way, you can choose one that is the right size for these papers. If you would like to take the filing cabinet with you, it might be helpful to buy one that consists of stacking file drawers. You might want a cabinet that resembles a traditional metal one if you plan to use it in an office setting.

A plastic file cabinet can sometimes be made of clear plastic, and this can be a good idea if you might want to store other things inside it. Doing so can allow you to find office supplies easily, and an added bonus is that many of these types of filing cabinets also have small drawers for pens and pencils. If you would like to maintain privacy, you might want to choose an opaque or colored model to conceal the contents inside your filing cabinet.


You may want to move your plastic file cabinet from place to place, and some units have casters on the bottom to allow for this. If this is something you are interested in, it can be a good idea to find out how easy the cabinet might be to move. Roll it back and forth to see if it glides easily; if you are able to put a few files inside the filing cabinet first, this can give you a better idea of how easy it is to relocate.

Some people like to store valuable documents inside a plastic file cabinet, in which case a locking model could be a good choice. You may want one that has a locking mechanism on the top drawer, but some also have a slot where you can insert a padlock. If you choose one that already has a lock, it can be a good idea to try this mechanism to see if it is difficult to lock and unlock.

Whatever the design of your plastic file cabinet, you should make sure it is sturdy enough to hold several files without cracking or buckling. You may want to press in on the bottom and sides of the drawers to make sure they are solid and do not cave in easily. Avoid buying models that appear to be flimsy, as they could break without warning and leave your documents unprotected.



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