Recessed Front Laterals

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.


  • Positive self-closing hinges and door follower channel provide superior flipper door tracking and a snug door closure. The doors are drawn in when closed to ensure uniform door alignment
  • Flipper doors include a built-in sound absorption feature in the flipper door for quiet operation
  • 12” receding flipper doors stow completely inside the cabinet
  • 15” receding flipper doors extend 2-1/4″ outside the front of the cabinet. Please allow for this clearance when creating your floor plan
  • Two file bars are included in each drawer for side-to-side filing
  • 3-high and 5-high lateral files may be specified with all drawers, or with a receding door in the top opening with either a fixed or rollout shelf
  • Counterweight required if not ganged together or otherwise anchored

Options and Accessories

  • Laminate drawer fronts may be specified
  • Common laminate tops
  • Polyethylene drawer front fillers increase sound absorption
  • File conversion bars for front-to-back filing
  • Magnetic shelf dividers
  • Magnetic label

Basic Construction

  • While TRACE lateral files feature horizontal lines and full-width fronts consistent with all other TRACE products, Recessed Front lateral files have in-set drawer fronts and the flipper doors stow inside the cabinet
  • Recessed Front lateral files finish at different heights and have completely different horizontal lines than the TRACE products
  • Recessed Front lateral files are available with three different front styles: A: Full Pull, F: Square Recessed Pull, and H: HW Pull. These recessed style pulls allow the 12″ flipper door to recede fully inside the cabinets
  • Four leveling glides with 1-1/4″ adjustment are included to ensure proper drawer alignment and operation

Counterweight & 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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