3 Drawer File Cabinet
The 3 drawer file cabinet is a very important piece of office furniture that is used to store important files of a confidential nature, time-sensitive documents, and maybe, even your lunch. In this article, I will offer you some advice and ideas on how you can find a good deal on your very own 3 drawer file cabinet. I will then follow that up with a general procedure by which you can assemble your new 3 drawer file cabinet when you bring it home, and give you ideas on how to organize it.
Finding A Good Deal On A 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Before you run out and buy a three drawer file cabinet, there are a few decisions that you need to make regarding what type of cabinet will work best for you, and characteristics that are important to you.
First, you need to decide on whether you want a 3 drawer lateral file cabinet, 3 drawer vertical file cabinet, 3 drawer mobile file cabinet, or flat file 3 drawer file cabinet. Flat file cabinets are good for storing large documents, like maps or engineering drawings. Lateral 3 drawer file cabinets are also good for storing large documents. Vertical 3 drawer file cabinets are the most popular as they are built to store 8.5” x 11” documents. So, before you go any further, you need to be thinking about what you plan to keep in this file cabinet, as this will dictate what type of three drawer filing cabinet will work best for your needs.
You need to decide on whether aesthetics are important to you. Are you looking for just functionality or are you also looking for something that will blend in with the rest of the interior? There are many 3 drawer file cabinets made with different colors, and mostly out of metal and wood. You have to decide on which combination is best for you. A 3 drawer wood file cabinet can blend in with just about any environment or office color scheme. However, they can be more expensive. A 3 drawer metal file cabinet is more durable and less expensive, but it may be heavier and clash with its surroundings.
HON Lateral 3 Drawer File Cabinet From SaveOfficeFurniture.com
How Soon Will You Need Your Three Drawer Filing Cabinet
Do you need your 3 drawer file cabinet right away or can it wait awhile? If you need it right away, then you’ll need to go to a local office furniture or supply store like Staples or Office Depot. Don’t forget discount stores like Wal-Mart or Target. Shop local stores like these in your area for the best prices, even home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s. At these stores, you can take your furniture home with you right when you buy it. Talk to other people who have recently purchased 3 drawer file cabinets and ask where they purchased them. I prefer to shop at the local furniture liquidator store, where brand new furniture is often sold at wholesale prices.
If you can wait for awhile, shop online and wait for the item to be shipped. Check one stop shops like Amazon.com, and Nextag.com. Also, check online auction sites like eBay. I have been able to find some really good deals at these online marketplaces, largely because many of the sellers don't carry any inventory. They simply place an order with the manufacturer, who ships the product directly to you. There are also websites of furniture retailers and manufacturers where you can get quotes on the 3 drawer cabinet that is right for you. Once you decide on the kind of 3 drawer file cabinet that you want, go to Google and punch in “3 drawer file cabinet” and see what comes up.
Research The Leading Brands Of 3 Drawer File Cabinets
You will need to do some research on what the leading brands are when it comes to three drawer filing cabinets. When you discover these brands, you would do well to visit websites and forums, where people write reviews of products that they have purchased. You may find that there are some brands that make a really good file cabinet, while there are others that should be avoided.
By following the above steps, you should be able to purchase a 3 drawer file cabinet that is right for your needs at a reasonable price.
How To Assemble A 3 Drawer File Cabinet
If you've just purchased a three drawer file cabinet for the home, is it one of those cabinets that comes in a box and you have to put it together? If it is, then continue to read this article, as I am going to give you a general procedure by which you can assemble your new 3 drawer wood filing cabinet. Keep in mind, however, that this is a general procedure. Always defer to instructions from the manufacturer.
For starters, once you open the box, separate all like parts. Keep all of the drawers together, all of the sides together, and so forth. Next, you will need to attach the drawer tracks to the drawer sides. Depending on the type of file cabinet you have, you may have to screw the tracks on, or tap them into place.
Wood 3 Drawer Vertical File Cabinet From Amazon.com
The next step is to assemble the drawers that will be used in the 3 drawer file cabinet. The sides and the bottoms of the drawers probably fasten together by way of pins being inserted into slots or holes that have already been made by the manufacturer to help you in your assembly. This may vary depending on the manufacturer, so it's always important to read the instructions from the manufacturer if you have them.
Once you have put the drawers together, you'll need to put the cabinet itself together. Fasten the sides of the cabinet to the front and back of the cabinet. This will probably be very similar to the way in which you put the drawers together. I really prefer the pin and slot design, as it allows you to assemble the file cabinet with minimal use of any tools that you may or may not have. You just have to be careful not to break any of the pins off.
Now, you'll need to install the drawer tracks on the inside of the cabinet on each side. You'll need to make sure that the tracks line up with the tracks on the drawers. Most cabinets will have marks or slots that will help to insure that you put the tracks in the right place. These tracks should fasten to the cabinet in the same way that they fastened to the drawers.
Attach the handles to the drawers, and then put the drawers in place to make sure that the tracks line up properly, and that the drawers open and close smoothly. Slide the drawers back and forth to make sure that this motion is smooth. You can make slight adjustments to the tracks to correct for any misalignment.
Organizing Your New Three Drawer File Cabinet
Now that you have successfully put together your brand new 3 drawer file cabinet, it's time to organize it. I will outline a general procedure by which you can organize your new three drawer filing cabinet to make sure that it works best for you. For purposes of this discussion, the drawers of the file cabinet will be fitted with racks where hanging file folders will be kept.
Mobile 3 Drawer File Cabinet From FurnitureDealsAndSteals.com
The first thing that you need to do before organizing your new file cabinet is to gather up everything that you intend to keep in the cabinet. Once you have everything gathered up, you need to go through it, and throw away everything that you don't intend to keep. Don't fill up a brand new file cabinet with garbage. Get rid of the trash so you won't have to deal with it anymore.
Separate everything else into appropriate piles. For instance, everything that relates to your household appliances can go in one pile. Everything that relates to your computer and its peripherals will go in another pile. Carry out this process until the big pile is reduced categorically to small piles.
At this point, you may want to break up some of these small piles into even smaller piles. For instance, in the insurance pile, separate your homeowners insurance and your auto insurance, and put them into two separate piles.
Now, you need to decide whether you want to arrange everything in alphabetical or chronological order. That is entirely up to you. Personally, I prefer to use alphabetical order, because if I know what it is that I am looking for, then I can go right to it. If I'm using chronological order, then I have to guess when certain things happened in order to determine where to look in the cabinet. Once you've made this decision, you can start putting everything in manila file folders. You can put all of your home insurance items in a file folder that is labeled "Homeowners Insurance", and all of your auto insurance items can go in a folder that is labeled "Auto Insurance." Then, these two file folders can go into a more heavy-duty hanging file folder that is labeled "Insurance." Continue this process until everything is in its own file folder, and every file folder is in an appropriately labeled heavy-duty hanging file folder.
Once you've done all this, you can arrange the hanging file folders in whatever order you prefer. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer alphabetical order, but it's entirely up to you. Three drawers should be more than enough room for you to store everything that you intend to keep.
From reading this article, you should now have a much better understanding of how to get a good deal on a quality 3 drawer file cabinet, as well as how to put it together once you get it back to your home or office. You also have a sound procedure by which you can keep your 3 drawer file cabinet organized so that you don't have to go throwing papers everywhere while trying to find an important document.