Lateral File With Box Drawers

Known for the efficient way they use space from side to side, laterals are an essential tool in office organization. Many companies need ways to store physical files and track of paper records. This classical design can be applied low profile, to keep space visually open, or up to five high, to provide high density filing and used as space definition.

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Available Colors/Finishes

Choose from 72 standard colors, all at standard price and lead time.


  • Two file bars are included in each drawer, for side-to-side filing. File conversion bars for front-to-back filing are sold separately
  • Drawer bins will accommodate A4, Letter, and Legal size filing

Options and Accessories

  • Laminate drawer fronts may be specified.
  • Common laminate tops
  • Polyethylene drawer front fillers increase sound absorption
  • Individually locking drawers, either keyed or electronic
  • File conversion bars for front-to-back filing
  • Magnetic shelf dividers
  • Magnetic label
  • Magnetic drawer dividers for lateral box drawers

Lock Systems

  • Includes randomly-assigned UM Series locks – black-faced, master-keyed, and coreremovable. Other key series are available, including bright nickel LL, and Knoll K
  • Trace lateral file locking system captures drawer fronts on both sides
  • Trace lateral files may be ordered to include individually locking security drawers

Basic Construction

  • The lock strip on 4-high and 5-high laterals is located above the fourth drawer. In 6-high laterals, the lock strip is located above the fifth drawer
  • Four leveling glides with 1-1/4″ adjustment ensure proper alignment and operation

Drawer Load Capacity

Drawer and roll-out shelf load capacity:

  • 30″, 36″, and 42″ wide drawers is 125 lb

Fixed and adjustable shelf load capacity:

  • 30″ shelf: 95 lbs
  • 36″ shelf: 116 lbs
  • 42″ shelf: 136 lbs

Lateral file metal top load capacity:

  • 30″ wide top: 140 lbs
  • 36″ wide top: 168 lbs
  • 42″ wide top: 192 lbs

Counterweights & Interlock

  • The safety interlock mechanism is integrated into the drawer slides, allowing only one drawer to open at a time
  • All lateral files with drawers and roll-out shelves used as freestanding cabinets must have counterweight if not ganged together or otherwise anchored
  • Counterweights may be factory-installed or purchased separately to be installed in the field


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