Furniture Office / September 26, 2018 / Barry Caya
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.
Because even a two-drawer wood lateral file cabinet can accommodate reams of paper without hogging too much floor space, they are a top pick for home offices, medical offices, schools, government agencies, and any office that is required to hold large quantities of paper files. A Wood Lateral File Cabinet seems to enjoy more popularity than its cousin, the standard vertical Wood File Cabinet. They may be more sturdy due to the weight but at any rate they seem to do the job intended and are especially popular in the legal and medical professions. The Wood Lateral File Cabinet pictured is labeled as a Laminate Wood Lateral File Cabinet, 3 Drawer and Four Drawer and is marked with a hefty retail price of over $3900.00. It is a bit pricey but you have a choice of 24 colors (see color chart below) and it looks more like a built in cabinet instead of a normal wood lateral file cabinet.
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.