Maximize your space with storage solutions from industry-leading manufacturers. Storage and filing constitute a significant part of having a well-designed, healthy and productive workspace.
Storage and filing options help you save space and stay organized. Having the perfect solution will increase flow and maximize your space.
Office space is a precious resource and ensuring each square foot is being used to the greatest capacity should be top of mind.
Depending on your goal and budget, there is a storage solution for you. No matter what you need, there is a range of storage and filing cabinets on the market.
What are the Types of Office Storage and Filing Solutions?
There are 3 common types of storage and filing solutions.
With commercial-grade storage and filing options, you will be getting value and quality.
Expect to find high-quality materials. No need to worry about staining or scuff marks with these pieces! These solutions are built with materials to last.
There are dozens of different options are available, including colour material. Want a red laminate lateral file cabinet that matches your desk? Great. What about the wood veneer on your table? You can match that too. Metal, laminate and wood veneer are the most popular finishes for storage and filing solutions.
Want to learn more about laminate versus wood veneer? Check out our article.
Another great thing about these pieces is they offer reconfiguration as the needs of your organization evolves.
These storage solutions have longer lead times because the pieces are made to order. You can expect a 5-7-week turnaround for these storage solutions.
You will be paying for value and warranty when you buy a commercial-grade storage solution. These products offer a warranty of at least ten years so that you can guarantee storage for a decade.
Low-end import style storage and filing cabinets are a fantastic option when it comes to convenience and price.
Available at all standard office supply and furniture suppliers, these are the common flat grade steel pieces.
This form of storage solution comes in pre-determined styles with little room for customization. You’ll find this form of storage in standard colours like generic black, white and grey.
Low-end import styles have a short lifespan and no warranty. It’s made with low-end materials and offers limited to no customization options.
This is an excellent option if you’re looking for the most affordable option. Also, since these are carried at standard office supply and furniture stores, you can buy that day if it’s in stock. It’s a quick and low-cost option.
High-End Custom and Specialty Options
Have a wild idea? Want something outside the box? With an unlimited budget, you can create your ideal storage solution.
If you’re looking for luxury or need something one-of-a-kind to fit your space, this may be the option for you,
For high-end custom pieces, you have complete control over the design and style. The sky is the limit. You could have a solid wood mobile pedestal or custom-made wardrobe for your oddly shaped office. Since space is expensive, this storage solution may be the most efficient for your unique situation.
Fireproofing options are also available. This option may be necessary for insurance or logistical purposes. The time the cabinet is fireproof is how they’re classified.
Fireproofing levels impact size and weight. Fireproofing options are all made of high-grade steel. Apartment Therapy has an article about what you should consider storing in a fireproof cabinet.
With a custom piece, you can expect long lead times. Creation is a robust process.
What Does Office Storage Furniture Cost?
Commercial Grade Quality
For commercial quality, price ranges vary depending on manufacturer, quality, size, etc. Below we breakdown the prices for 3 common types of commercial-grade storage and filing cabinets.
A mobile pedestal is a storage piece that’s made to be portable and functional in a smaller space.
Mobile Pedestals cost between $460 – $750
A wardrobe is a larger piece of storage that has many sizes and configurations available.
Wardrobes cost between $750 – $1500
A lateral filing cabinet is explicitly made for filing paperwork and folders. Typically large in size and can complement an existing storage system.
Lateral File cost between $550 – $1300
You can expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $400 depending on what you need.
High-End and Speciality
There is a luxury price attached to these one-of-a-kind solutions. High-end storage solutions pricing is much higher than low-end or commercial-grade storage. Expect to pay thousands of dollars for these more luxury options.
What to Consider Before You Buy
When selecting what storage system is right for you, there are five factors you should consider.
What are you storing?
Have an idea of what kind of objects you will be using this storage space for. Are you looking for a letter or legal paper storage? Folders, pens, papers? Consider your long-term goals for your office space.
Utilize all the space in your office – space is money. The size of the storage you need will impact the cost and the configuration.
Are you looking for something built into an existing system? Or are you starting fresh? There are options for freestanding or pedestal style storage solutions. Manufactures have standard sizing for options available, but the configuration of storage possibilities is endless.
Quality ranges from piece to piece. Think about what your goals are with this piece of furniture. Are you looking for a short term solution or opting for something more long term?
With a plethora of finishes available, you should have no issue matching your current workspace.
What We Offer
No matter what option you chose, these offer the standard customization. Think about what your ideal storage or filing cabinet would be. What colour or material do you want? What is the size of the space? Do you need an option for security? Do you have a specific handle you like? These standard customizations are all available with the Haworth and Lacasse options.
If you’re ready to learn more about what filing and storage solution will work for your organization, book a consultation with our experts today.