Furniture Office / September 26, 2018 / Barry Caya
Lateral file cabinets are often chosen because of their easier accessibility over that of vertical file cabinets, and sometimes because the "footprint" of a lateral file cabinet works better than that of a regular vertical cabinet. Rather than the files going front to back, with lateral file cabinets, the files go from side to side. One advantage to the shape of lateral file cabinets is that they blend in better with other office furniture. They also give a certain amount of space on top that people can use to store books or supplies, or to add a functional hutch to add more non-file storage. Wood lateral file cabinets are well liked for their less institutional look when compared to standard metal file cabinets. Other disadvantages to metal file cabinets are their sharp edges, and their tendency to tip forward if too many drawers are open at once.
Accessibility to Clients and Employees Unlike some kinds of office furniture, reception desk furniture should be open and allow visitors to easily interact with the receptionist. The desk needs to be big enough so that items can be worked on without taking over the entire desk area. The ideal reception desk furniture would have an extra wide surface so that the receptionist can work on one half of the desk while visitors comfortably write notes or other communications on the other half of the desk. A wide desk also provides some privacy for the receptionist if he or she is working on something that is of a more confidential nature.
It doesn’t matter how much time and effort you spend getting the look of your home office just right; if you have an ugly filing cabinet, the whole room tends to sag in disappointment. But it needn’t. Rather than being a bulky eyesore, a filing cabinet can both fade into the background and be a valuable home office addition that does far more than just keep your affairs in order. These ideas are sure to inspire a change. No need to clutter up a sleek home office with extra chairs if you need them only once in a while. Add a cushioned top to a filing cabinet on wheels, and you’ve got an extra seat for guests whenever the occasion arises. Coordinate the color of your cabinet with your desk and other room elements, and it will go unnoticed when not in use — just slide it under your desk so it’s out of the way. If you can squeeze a sofa into your home office, do so at once.