Filing cabinets come in all shapes and sizes these days, but unfortunately not all are the same quality. We’ve resisted the temptation of offering cheap and inferior filing cabinets.

We pride ourselves in only offering the very best quality filing cabinets and metal storage available on the market, and at the most competitive prices.

We are so confident in our metal storage products, that we offer a huge 10 year commercial warranty on most of our range. Whether it’s a basic traditional vertical filing cabinet that you’re looking for, or a lateral filing cabinet, we have you covered.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a larger quantity and want a great deal, or looking for something a little different in a special colour, you only need to ask.

Are you shopping for a filing cabinet, but are not sure about what unit to select? In this buyer’s guide you’ll find advice on how to choose a filing cabinet that is the right choice for your needs. The right filing cabinet can help you get organised and be more productive. They are helpful for start up companies, entrepreneurs getting started and large businesses alike.

Considering the right buying factors will give you the best chance of being happy with your purchase. Evaluate factors such as storage space, build quality, security, price and visual aesthetics. You will also discover why buying from us is the right choice no matter your needs.

Buying factors to consider

How will you use your filing cabinet?

Think about where the filing cabinet will be stored and what stuff will be placed inside the compartments. Furthermore, think about what volume of items needs to be stored. Then take a look at the area of the office where the filing cabinet will be placed. Once you begin to answer these basic questions you can figure out the requirements for the filing cabinet.

This type of office furniture is all out practicality over style. Keep this in mind while choosing the right unit, and you’ll end up with a model that you’ll be satisfied with.

Type of filing cabinets

The first choice should be the type of cabinet that you’re going to buy. The most popular options include:
Lateral filing cabinet: these units have a wide drawer, but don’t provide quite the same level of depth as other types. These are perfect for small rooms where depth is limited, but you have the space to put in a drawer that extends for the majority of the wall. This type of configuration is ideal for office workers to filter through many files while sitting down.
Vertical file cabinet: as the name suggests vertical units offer the most height, which is ideal if you want to organise your stuff in compartments at various heights. The depth of these cabinets is excellent, which means you can store more per cabinet than you might think. These are our most popular option, and perfect for storing large volumes of files.
Plan file cabinets: these don’t provide a lot of space vertically in each compartment, which means they are used for storing flat paper. The large size of these cabinets means you can store large sheets of paper such as architect drawings.
Mobile file cabinets: mobile units come with wheels that can be easily moved about when required. These are great if you are constantly moving your furniture about.

Storage space

How much storage space do you need? Make sure you order enough filing cabinets to meet your storage space and leave room for extra. Your storage space needs may increase over time and it’s handy having that on standby.
You also need to think about the type of things that will be stored in your filing cabinets. If you need to store large flat pieces, then a flat file cabinet is the way to go. Vertical file cabinets are perfect if you have to store a large volume in an organised fashion. We offer a wide selection of cabinet types to meet the needs of all our buyers.

Build quality and material

Filing cabinets that will be used throughout the work day need to have good build quality that will stand the test of time. When the cabinet arrives have a look at the build quality – especially if it’s a melamine based cabinet. Metal filing cabinets are ideal for heavy use for many years before signs of wear and tear begin to show. However, a melamine cabinet might be better if the majority of your other office furniture is also manufactured from melamine.


Having enough space to fill all of your files is the most important aspect of buying filing cabinets. Therefore, you may need to choose budget units if you have limited funds. Want to buy in huge volumes at a time? Then you can get in touch with our customer service team for a discount on your next purchase.


Q. What kind of things can be stored in a filing cabinet?

A. Most cabinets are designed to store A4 paper files or foolscap size, and might even come with compartments within the cabinet where files can be organised. However, there is no reason why you can’t store anything else if it’s able to fit in the unit you buy.

Q. What type of filing cabinet should I buy?

A. Each type of filing cabinet is best suited for specific file types and uses. For example, if you want to organise a large amount of files alphabetically then you may want to buy a vertical cabinet that offers a lot of space for each letter of the alphabet.

Q. Will I get the same filing cabinet the same as in the pictures?

A. Yes! The images are taken of the cabinets we send out to customers. Furthermore, we encourage you to inspect the images to see if you like the look of the office furniture. Some pictures also give you a sneak preview of what the space inside the drawers looks like. This allows you to visualise if there is enough room for your files.

Why choose Value Office Furniture to buy filing cabinets?

Take a look through our mix of melamine and metal filing cabinets for your next purchase. Our prices offer the best value for money on the market. With most metal cabinets offering a massive 10 year guarantee, you can buy in confidence. Also, check out our 3D rendering service to see how the furniture will fit in your space.

Still not sure what filing cabinet is right for your needs? Then give our experienced customer service staff a call on 1300 00 8258. You’ll get all questions answered and find out more about buying the right filing cabinet for your needs. We deliver to areas such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

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