Problem with your File Drawers?
Office Furniture Fixers
life of your Office Furniture
Over the years
I have seen people throw away great furniture which I have
salvaged and sold like brand new. I am going to tell you some
really easy things you can do to extend the life to your office
furniture as well as some simple ways to fix that draw in
the file cabinet.
Some of you may know how to fix these things but are not
sure exactly how.
cabinets are divided into two groups lateral and vertical.
are files where the front
of the file is wide and only 18 or 19 inches deep. They come in
3 sizes 30, 36 and 42 inch widths.
come two sizes 15" wide and 18" wide. They are from 24"
to 30" deep. Several things happen with these cabinet draws.
The most common is the draws fall out
of the track. The worst thing to do is to push the draw hard back
in. When you do this the track that is good gets bent. For those
files with plastic glides they my crack and then the file track
has to be replaced which is not easy to find. The thing to do is
to take everything out of the draw.
Then pull the draw out of the file. Some files require you to push
down on a tab or pull on a cord depending on the brand. It's a good
idea to have some one help you with this.
have the draw out of the cabinet. Extend the rails out
to see that they are even. If they are not you may have
to push one of the rails in to even them in side the file.
If they are even,
simply put the draw on to the rails and push in.
usually make some kind of clicking sound. The rails will
have some kind of clip that the draw fits into on the
rails. Some times the clips get bent and a simple bang
or a pull with a pair of pliers.
Some times the lock gets
jammed or we lose our keys. Most files cabinets have a sliding lock
mechanism. This means each draw inside the file has a tab which
Our typical solution
is to get a thin screw driver and push it inside the side of the
file and pull up until you hit the tab.
Then simply pull the
tab up until the draws open. You always have to make sure that all
of the draws are shut. There are several ways to fix the key issue.
If you use a cabinet like Hon you can call them directly and buy
a key for about three dollars. Or you can call you local lock smith
and give them the lock code and brand of the cabinet. We use one
in New Jersey we find they are cheaper then most in New York. You
can see our site for this information and other furniture tips.
Pinchuk - the author is owner of office furniture company in
New York city. [email protected]