Storage Cabinets

Storage cabinets come in different sizes and styles, with open-front shelves, drawers and/or enclosed cabinets, with and without locks. The storage cabinets can be stationary floor units, wall-mounted, or set on casters for a mobile storage design, and the design materials range from steel to wood products for styles that suit different needs and locations.

Styles

Combination Storage Cabinet: Combination storage cabinets feature shelves, drawers, filing, and other support, often with two-door enclosure for half or all of the cabinet. When half the cabinet is concealed by a two-door layout, the bottom or top portion is usually a two-shelf cabinet with two doors, fixed bottom shelf, and adjustable middle shelf. The file drawers may take letter-sized, legal-sized, or either files; they usually support hanging file folders for convenient flexibility.

Double-Faced Locking Storage Cabinet: Double-faced cabinets provide access to two sides, front and back, often with a central divider panel separating the two sides. The layout resembles two back-to-back storage cabinets, with access to one side or the other but no central pass-through option. When the double-faced cabinet locks, both sides have two-door cabinet enclosure with locks to secure the contents and users can access one side or the other while the opposite side remains secured, if desired.

Fire Extinguisher Cabinet: Fire extinguisher cabinets are custom-designed for standard 5-pound and 10-pound fire extinguishers. The fire extinguisher cabinets are designed to mount to walls, for easy access as needed, with all mounting hardware included so the cabinet arrives ready to immediately install.

Fireproof Storage Cabinet: Fireproof storage cabinets are tested and verified to protect contents for a predetermined length of time, often an hour, at temperatures up to a specified degree. The protection details are provided with the individual fireproof units. These cabinets usually contain shelves that may adjust to accommodate different storage needs, and the double-door enclosure will secure with a lock to protect from tampering, drilling, picking, or other undesired access.

Locking Storage Cabinet: Storage cabinets with doors and locks provide secure storage and organizing. The locks may be simple padlock hasps for key or combination padlocks, or installed keyed locks with integrated multi-point lock system to secure locked doors at the top and base of the cabinet. High-tech locks such as keyless entry electronic locks provide options for programmable passwords, access record keeping, and backup battery and key access for emergencies.

Locking Storage Cabinet
Locking Storage Cabinet

Media Cabinet: Media cabinets are enclosed storage units designed to accommodate audiovisual equipment. These cabinets contain large grommet holes, averaging 3"-diameter, located in inconspicuous places for wire and power cord pass-through and technology support. The back panel may be a pegboard, allowing greater airflow to protect from excessive heat produced by electronics equipment and the back panel in at least one compartment is usually removable to allow for greater air circulation or to accommodate larger tube-style television monitors.

Mobile Cabinet: Mobile cabinets are set on casters, usually with two standard casters and two lockable casters. Locking casters enable stabilized positioning of the cabinet for safe loading, unloading, and storage placement.

Modular Base Storage Cabinet: Modular storage provides easy customizing of a complete storage system. The modular storage base units are floor-placed storage units with raised or low base designs. The top surface is finished for use as a durable work surface and the primary base cabinet provides open or closed storage support.

Open Shelf Storage Cabinet: Open shelf storage cabinets are similar in design to standard bookcases, with fixed and adjustable shelves in a frame with back panel but open front. The cabinet may be stationary or mobile and the open-shelf storage may be combined with drawers or cabinet storage for a combination unit.

Open Wardrobe: Open wardrobe storage has an open frame, with top, base, and side panels connected at the back with an enclosing back panel. The front to the storage wardrobe is open for visible access. The interior generally contains at least one shelf above a hanger rod or installed coat hooks and the cabinet may feature additional shelving, compartments, or other storage support.

Right-Hand Wardrobe: Right-hand wardrobe cabinets are designed with the hinges on the right-hand side, allowing natural right-handed grab and pull access to the single wardrobe door.

Stainless Steel Cabinet: Stainless steel cabinets are constructed from durable stainless steel, and many are welded for strength. Welded steel cabinets arrive fully assembled. The stainless steel properties resist corrosion, rust, acid damage, and other damage from frequent use making them popular in the food industry as well as school, library, and office settings.

Stationary Cabinet: Stationary cabinets do not contain casters or other mobile support. Stationary cabinets may be floor units, positioned in classroom, library, or other settings, or they may be wall-mounted units. Wall-mounted cabinets almost always ship with the necessary mounting hardware for immediate setup and use.

Storage Cabinet with Lateral File: Storage cabinets with combination lateral file generally feature one or two lateral file drawers in a base compartment, with a two-door cabinet in the upper portion of the storage unit. The cabinet has a fixed base shelf, which is also the panel that encloses the file drawer section, and upper shelves in the cabinet often adjust for customizing storage capacity.

Storage Cabinet with Lateral File
Storage Cabinet with Lateral File

Two-Door Cabinet: Two-door cabinets come in mobile and stationary styles. The cabinet design typically includes a fixed-position base shelf and a middle adjustable shelf, with two hinged doors that conceal stored items. The doors may lock for security on some styles, and the cabinet may be a floor cabinet, sometimes referred to as a base cabinet, or it may be set on casters for mobile storage.

Wall Cabinet: Wall cabinets mount to walls providing space-saving setup and use. The cabinets generally ship with all mounting hardware so they arrive ready to mount and use immediately. Full-wall cabinets are non-mounting cabinets but instead offer large, spacious storage capacity and often line up with coordinating wall units for full wall-to-wall configurations, if desired. Full wall units provide the support of installed shelving and cabinets in stationary units that can be moved if desired.

Wardrobe Cabinet: Wardrobe cabinets typically contain a hanger rod, at the minimum, for use with clothing hangers. The majority of wardrobe cabinets include a hat shelf, positioned above the hanger rob, and a fixed and/or adjustable bottom shelf for shoes, boots, and other uses.

Components

Acrylic Doors: Acrylic windows offer shatterproof, damage-resistant performance at a lower cost than tempered safety glass. Acrylic doors are generally lighter in weight and can produce clear viewing windows in framed door panels for visible storage with security. The acrylic doors generally feature acrylic window panels with frames comprised of steel or other material matching the overall cabinet design. The framed window style provides room for door locks and other security features and protects the edges of the acrylic panels.

Adjustable Floor Levelers: Cabinets with adjustable floor levelers feature four feet-like attachments under the base that adjust, often by twisting or unscrewing from within their positions. The adjustable levelers increase contact with the floor, creating a wobble-free storage cabinet even on uneven floor surfaces.

Adjustable Shelves: Many storage cabinets contain fixed and adjustable shelves. Adjustable shelves are positioned at preset intervals, with holes drilled on the inner sides of the side panels to accept shelf clips or shelf pegs. Most shelves rest on four clips; two shelf clips on each side. The adjustable shelves allow the storage cabinet to be customized for specific storage space needs, increasing or decreasing shelf clearance for larger and smaller items.

Cable Accessible: Storage cabinets designed for modern settings often contain some form of cable accessibility support. Cable access can be as simple as discreet grommet holes for wire pass-through, or it can be mouse holes placed between shelves for connecting and networking audiovisual components.

Cable Grommets: Cable grommets are found in back panels and other discreet locations within audiovisual and technology-friendly storage cabinets. These grommets are thoughtfully sized, sometimes 3”-diameter, to allow wire pass-through and connectivity for technology and other electronics equipment.

Cam Locks: Cam locks are activated with a key and when turned the lock engages or disengages a latch that prevents access to the cabinet. Cam locks are commonly found on mailboxes and post office boxes, as well as storage cabinets.

Central Lock System: A central lock system provides shared security for multiple compartments within a single storage cabinet. A central lock often secures the two-door enclosure of storage cabinets, and a shared lock may secure two or more storage or file drawers in a single unit. The central lock system implies that the unit is either all locked or all unlocked, as opposed to units with individual locks on separate drawers.

Concealed Casters: Concealed casters are set within a base or behind other base components to create the look of a stationary storage cabinet but with mobility. The casters are often hidden within the base design, such as the use of kick plates and toe aprons or other base moulding-style addition.

Double Coat Hooks: Double coat hooks resemble an upside-down letter T, with the top portions of the T curved upward to form hooks. The stem of the T connects to a shelf or other support system and the two hooks provide coat or clothing support for a wardrobe or personal storage cabinet.

Electronic Lock: Electronic locks are also referred to as keyless entry locks, with programmable pass code options and record keeping to track access to the unit. In case of emergencies or power outages, the electronic locks often include backup options, such as battery backup access, key, or both.

Emergency Key: An emergency key is one used to access a typically keyless lock. Electronic locks, for example, may offer battery backup and key access in case of an outage or emergency situation.

Extra Deep Shelves: Extra deep shelves are usually greater than 18”-deep, measuring from the front edge to the back edge.

Finished Back: Storage cabinets with finished backs are completely finished for comfortable display and viewing from all angles. This finished backside styling allows the cabinet to be positioned virtually anywhere in a classroom, office or other space without having to conceal the backside.

Fixed Bottom Shelf: All bookcases and storage cabinets have a fixed bottom shelf. The bottom shelf is part of the overall structure, connecting the side panels and the back panel at the base of the unit, but also serves as a storage platform or shelf for added benefit.

Fixed Vertical Divider: Fixed vertical dividers are assembled for non-movable support within a cabinet or storage unit. The dividers extend from the top of the storage unit to the base, in most cases, and partial-width shelves are able to meet the vertical divider for smaller shelf and cubbyhole storage compartments.

Frosted Tempered Glass Doors: Tempered glass doors with frosted design have a translucent appearance for light show-through and partial visibility but the contents are blurred or otherwise concealed from actual view.

Full Extension Drawer Slides: Full-extension drawer slides allow complete access to the storage and file drawers while maintaining strong support for the weight of the full drawer. The slides allow the drawer to be pulled outward from the cabinet or desk, with full visibility of the interior and easy access, while the drawer remains connected to the slides and within the storage unit assembly.

Full Width Shelves: Full width shelves are shelves that extend from one side panel of a storage cabinet to the other side panel, providing a shelf that runs completely across the cabinet.

Glass Doors: Glass doors specify actual glass, non-acrylic, door panel inserts or windows. The glass may be clear, textured, or frosted, and the glass panels in our storage cabinets are tempered safety glass to reduce risk of damage and enhance strength. Glass doors are almost always framed with steel or wood, depending on the cabinet design, to protect the glass edges and provide a neat, finished look.

Kick Plate: A kickplate protects the base of the cabinet or other furniture by providing an impact-ready surface for contact with feet and shoes. The kickplate also conceals the base for a full appearance and prevents things from rolling under the storage unit.

Individual Locks: Cabinets and drawers with individual locks have separate lock mechanisms for individual access while the other compartment(s) remain secured. Individual locks are common in multi-drawer storage units, with separate locks on each drawer. Individual locks are in contrast to a shared or central lock system that secures all or multiple compartments at once.

Lateral File Drawers: Lateral file drawers are designed to hold file folders, often with a choice to use letter-sized or legal-sized files, in a wide drawer placed at the bottom of a storage cabinet. These drawers are often wider than their length, and the files are often places with the short ends at the front and back sides of the lateral file drawer, as opposed to standard file drawers that typically take letter-sized files with a front-facing file folder position within the drawers.

Letter or Legal Files: File drawers that offer use with letter or legal files are designed to accept standard 8-1/2" by 11" filing folders or the longer 8-1/2" by 14" legal-sized folders.

Locking File Drawers: File drawers often contain locks to enable security for sensitive information or documents. Lateral and standard file drawers may have shared locks, where the single lock secures multiple file drawers in a storage unit, or they may have individual locks for independent locking and access.

Lock Tabs on Shelf Clips: Shelf clips with lock tabs have extensions off the ends of the clips that insert into predrilled holes in the bottoms of shelves. The holes secure to the lock tabs and prevent the shelves from sliding or moving within their positions. The use of shelf clips with lock tabs can also reinforce or enhance the structural strength of the overall cabinet by holding side and back panels together.

Master Key: A master key is designed to access all locks of a single type.

Mesh Doors: Mesh doors are popular on some steel cabinet designs, with a steel mesh grate-style pattern cut into the door panels for airflow and visibility but retained security of the cabinet. The doors are usually designed with solid frame and central patterned cutout area, similar to the design of the acrylic window doors, and the cabinets are still lockable for safekeeping.

Paddle Handle with Lock: Paddle handles have a latch-style appearance, usually with a square or rectangular shape that lifts or pulls toward the user in order to open the door. These paddle handles are relatively low profile, almost flush with the cabinet door panels, and the paddle handle may be enhanced by a lock mechanism for security.

Pad Lock Hasp: Padlock hasps are integrated metal components that provide space for the loop of a key or combination lock to secure the unit. Padlock hasps are typical of locker and instrument storage cabinet designs, and also enhance other classroom and school storage for convenient as-needed security.

Pocket Doors: Pocket doors are cabinet doors that contain folder pockets on the inside surfaces. These doors have custom-made built-in compartments, usually angled slightly for easy access, that are made to hold standard letter-sized file folders on the inside of the cabinet doors.

Raised Bottom Shelf: A raised bottom shelf is lifted off the floor by a taller base support structure, usually incorporating a kick plate or toe apron, or the base is raised on four legs for easier access and simplified cleaning underneath and around the storage cabinet.

Recessed Locking Handles: Recessed handles are set back, within the door panels, for a flush level with the fronts of the doors. These handles may include locks on select storage cabinet models.

Recessed Toe Apron: A recessed toe apron conceals the base of a cabinet, particularly at the front of the frame, with a recessed position where the toe apron is assembled slightly behind the front edge of the base. The recessed toe apron can be functional, such as a kick plate, or it may serve a cosmetic purpose, concealing casters or creating an attractive full-base design.

Removable Back Panel: Cabinets with removable back panels are typical of media cabinet designs, allowing greater access for technology cables, power cords, wires, and internet support, or providing increased airflow for cooler technology storage. The removable back panel usually contains a perforated region that enables pop-out removal, as opposed to removing the entire back panel.

Shelf Clips: Shelf clips or pegs insert into predrilled holes found on the inner surfaces of cabinet and bookcase side panels. The holes are spaced evenly and support shelves in adjustable positions to customize the storage capacity and shelf clearance.

Sliding Doors: Sliding doors are common in modular storage collections, with two doors set in sliding runners with an overlapped position so that one door slides over the other and the opposite door slides behind the other when accessing the left or right side. Sliding doors eliminate the need for hinges and extra space required to access hinged-door cabinets.

Storage Cabinet with Sliding Doors
Sliding Doors

Solid Wood Drawers: Solid wood drawers have all hardwood components including the base, back, front and side panels that form the individual drawer.

Splashguard: A splashguard enhances countertops and work surfaces to prevent spills and other accidents. The splashguard is usually located at the back edge of the countertop, extending slightly above the surface like a short wall, and finished to match the countertop.

Steel Drawer Interiors: Cabinets with drawers that have steel drawer interiors feature steel drawer sides, back, and base components, often welded for enhanced strength.

Three-Point Lock System: Three-point lock systems and multi-point lock systems have classic keyed lock, usually located near the handles and opening of the cabinet doors. The lock engages rods that extend up and down to secure the doors in place when locked. The rods insert into the top and base components of the cabinet and reduce risk of tampering, prying, or other unwanted access to the secured cabinet.

Welded Shelves: Welded shelves have been permanently fixed within the steel structure or cabinet. The welding reinforces strength and durability, but eliminates the ability to adjust the shelf positions.

Construction Materials

Cam & Post Assembly: Cam and post assembly simplifies the assembly process. The posts are inserted into predrilled holes in one component of the storage cabinet, and the round cams fit into larger holes in connecting components. The posts fit into the cams through additional predrilled holes and a screwdriver or other tool is used to rotate the cams in place, securing the posts for a strong, reliable connection.

Catalyzed Lacquer Topcoat: Lacquer topcoats are available in different styles, with the thick or viscous finish applied to the target furniture or surfaces and cured. Catalyzed lacquer topcoat is reacted with a catalyzing agent that creates the hard, durable, finished layer. The catalyzed lacquer topcoat is relatively durable, repairable in many cases, and provides lasting shine with resistance to scratches, stains, and other signs of use.

Dovetail Construction: Dovetail construction indicates the use of dovetail joints. One connecting piece of wood is cut to form an angular extension with a semi-fan shape loosely resembling a dove's tail. The connecting piece has a matching fan shape cut out from the edge or end. The two pieces are joined and the angled fan-shape reduces the tendency for the joint to separate.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Paint finish on steel and similar components of our premium and heavy-duty cabinets is often accomplished with environmentally friendly paint for a "greener" design. The paint is applied and cured to reveal a smooth, semi-matte or non-glossy finish that provides some scratch-resistance and damage protection. The paint finish also protects the metal from exposure to the elements, as well as protection from rust, erosion, corrosion, and use.

European Style Hinges: European hinges have concealed installation, so they are virtually unseen when the cabinet doors are closed. The hinges are installed to the inner sides of the cabinet and to the inner surface of the doors, with the hinge knuckles maintained within the cabinet compartments for concealed, hinge-free outward appearance.

Front Moulding: Front moulding indicates decorate wood trim along the top and/or base of the cabinet but located only on the front of the unit, not on the sides. Front moulding allows side-by-side positioning of matching or coordinating units for larger storage support.

Full Piano Hinges: Full piano hinges extend from the top to the bottom of a cabinet door for enhanced support and durability. These hinges were originally used to secure the lids on pianos, providing balanced support for even opening and closing.

Hardwood and Wood Products: Hardwood products are made using panels cut from real solid wood. Wood products include hardwood panels as well as particleboard, fiberboard, plywood, and wood veneers. Particleboard and fiberboard and manufactured from real wood, but using sawdust, wood chips, and/or wood fibers held by an adhesive, wax, or resin and pressed to form panels of uniform thickness and strength. Plywood is made by slicing wood into thin sheets then assembling and bonding the sheets together, but alternating the wood grain pattern between layers for enhanced strength. Wood veneers are made of even thinner slices of real wood, finished with wood stains and topcoats and laminated or otherwise bonded to the surfaces of furniture components for a wood furniture design at a fraction of the cost.

High-Pressure Laminate Finish: Laminate is often applied under high pressure with heat for a long-lasting bond to the plywood, particleboard or other core surface. The laminate surface protects from everyday use, including resistance to scratches and stains. Underneath the surface, multiple layers reinforce the strength and durability of the finish and the edges are usually finished in PVC, vinyl, or matching laminate for a completed design.

Impact-Resistant Edging: Impact-resistant edging absorbs impact from everyday use, such as bumps and other contact. The edging protects the cabinet or other furniture from contact and conceals the seam where the laminate or melamine finish meets the core panels to prevent accidental damage or lifting of the finish.

Mortise and Tenon Joinery: Mortise and tenon joinery indicates the use of a classic woodworking connection process where one piece has a cutout area that matches an extension off the connecting piece. The extension is inserted into the cutout area and the two are secured for a reinforced assembly.

Pearl Laminate Interiors: Many storage cabinets have a choice of colors for the external finish and feature pearl white laminate interior finish. The pearl white finish brightens the interiors of the storage compartments and shelves, making it easier to see stored contents.

PVC Edges: PVC edges are made from perfectly sized PVC plastic strips that are bonded or adhered to the side edges or furniture components. The surfaces of the panel components are often finished with melamine or laminate and the PVC edging protects the seam where the laminate meets the core. The PVC edges also conceal potentially rough edges, such as unfinished particleboard, for improved use of the storage cabinet or other furniture unit.

Rubber Base Moulding: Rubber base moulding is usually black and a popular enhancement to science classroom and lab furniture. The rubber strip is applied around the base of the unit, at the front and/or sides, to reduce damage from impact and contact with feet and shoes, as well as reduce risk of damage and wear from spills and cleanup.

Self-Closing Hinges: Self-closing hinges safely catch cabinet doors before they slam into the cabinet, and then slowly return them to the closed position. The concept is meant to preserve the life of the cabinets, reducing damage from frequent impact as the doors close.

Thermofused Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is similar to laminate but utilizes fewer layers under the main surface finish. The melamine is applied under heat and pressure, creating a thermofused bond that lasts. The surface is damage-resistant, preventing unsightly scratches, stains, and wear common with frequent use.

Top, Base and Decorative Moulding: Decorative moulding is found around the tops and bases of select wooden furniture designs. The moulding is often carved from strips of real wood, finished in matching wood stains to coordinate perfectly with the overall storage unit, and assembled around the top and bottom of the unit at the front and sides.

Welded Steel Construction: Steel cabinets are usually welded by the manufacturer, and thus ship fully assembled and ready for use. The descriptions details for steel cabinets will specify if the item ships fully assembled.

Wood Veneer Finish: Wood veneer finish is made using thin slices of real hard wood. The wood slices are stained with classic-style wood stain in attractive colors, and finished for lasting appearance, often with a protective topcoat or lacquer. The veneer sheets are applied to the furniture or storage units, with laminate or similar adhesive connection, and the result is a wood furniture appearance with reduced cost and often with enhanced durability.

Features

Anti-Tip Device: An anti-tip device reduces the tendency of a large cabinet to tip, lean, or wobble. The device may be as simple as a durable strap that connects the top of the cabinet to the wall behind it, or other more complex devices that reinforce stable positioning and safe use.

Keyless Entry: Keyless entry indicates the storage cabinet has an electronic or combination lock. Most items listed as keyless entry have electronic lock keypads that are programmable with at least one code. These units also offer backup access in case of power outage or emergency, usually with battery or key options.

Removable Core Locks: Locks with removable cores provide easy reconfiguring for changing the lock and key assignment as needed. The core of the lock releases from the main lock frame and a new lock core can be installed within the same frame to rekey the cabinet for changing users or other security needs.