Lateral Filing Cabinet Definition

by Mary Freeman; Updated September 26, 2017

Filing cabinets are found in most homes and workplaces across the world. Many of these cabinets are vertically oriented, but lateral-facing filing cabinets can have many advantages over standard filing cabinets.


Lateral filing cabinets are usually much shorter and wider than the vertical standard. The files inside run from left to right, as opposed to front to back.


Because the laterally oriented filing cabinet allow for right-to-left organization of your files, items are more easily located and accessed than they would be in the vertical counterpart.


Lateral filing cabinets are usually much wider than the vertical filing cabinets, taking up a large portion of floor space.


Lateral filing cabinets are made in a variety of different styles and sizes. Most of them have two drawers, with some containing one or three or more.

Price Range

As of 2009, these filing cabinets range in price from approximately $150 to $500 or more. The pricier cabinets often are made of wood and are very stylized.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.