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Choosing a Storage Cabinet & Shelves

Storage Cabinets & Shelving Organization Make The Difference


Office Shelving

Office Shelving

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The right storage cabinet or shelving unit will make it easy to store and retrieve stored goods and supplies. Choosing the right storage cabinet and shelving unit depends upon the size and weight of the material that you are storing. Storage cabinets and shelving units range in price from about a $100 to over $1,000 per unit. The more extravagant (e.g. solid oak for an executive area) and the stronger (e.g. heavy duty steel with locking doors) the more you will pay.

Storage Cabinets

Storage cabinets are basically enclosed shelving units. They have sides and one or more doors. You can purchase them standalone or they can be built into your other office furniture for an integrated look and feel. If security is an issue, a stronger storage cabinet with a heavy duty lock will be required. If you are just starting an office, budget cabinets can be purchased for about $100.

Shelving Units

Shelving units have an open front and usually open sides and backs. These are used for frequent access by your employees to store and retrieve materials. Additionally, shelving units can be a low cost solution for long term storage of materials in back rooms or separate storage areas.

Selection Criteria

To select the solution that is right for your office follow these steps:

  • Make a list of the materials that you will need to store
  • Note if the material is small or large (size of the cabinet/shelf); heavy or light-weight (type of construction of the storage cabinet cabinet shelving unit)
  • Decide if access is going to be frequent or long term (open shelf, closed cabinet or shelf)
  • Determine where in the office you will locate each unit so that your office will function most efficiently and the unit will match the office décor.

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