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 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.
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.