Low Height Lateral File

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.


  • Drawers include full-height side panels
  • Two file bars are included in each drawer, for side-to-side filing
  • Drawer bins will accommodate A4, Letter, and Legal size filing
  • Open shelf lateral files do not need counterweight
  • Cushion is 1-1/2″ tall, an upholstered board factory-installed with screws
  • 3/4 linear yard required for COM fabric (20 units or fewer)
  • Unless otherwise specified, the fabric grain on all cushions will run “front-to-back”
  • Open shelf unit allows for binder height storage on one shelve. Shelves adjust in 1/2” increments, and counterweight is not necessary

Options and Accessories

  • Laminate drawer fronts may be specifiedCommon 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
  • Locking system captures drawer fronts on both sides
  • May be ordered to include individually locking security drawers

Counterweights & Interlock

  • Trace box/file lateral files require counterweight unless they are ganged back-to-back with another lateral file or otherwise tethered to a permanent structure. Without counterweights, ganging box/file lateral files side-by-side will not ensure stability
  • The safety interlock mechanism is integrated into the drawer slides, allowing only one drawer to open at a time
  • Counterweights may be factory-installed or purchased separately to be installed in the field


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