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  • Abandoning the hanging files but no holes for brackets. Ideas?

    I have a beautiful cherry wood file cabinet that matches all my office furniture and that I'm not willing to give up. The problem is that it has the ridge for the hanging files but no holes I could use to put those metal brackets up. So the files are flopping forward and backward all the time.

    But, I'm sampling life without the hanging folder part and I agree with DA that it make it MUCH easier to see files.

    Is something I could buy or improvise with for my drawer?

  • #2
    Improvisation: Put some old paperbacks behind the folders.

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    • #3
      Thanks, I can and will do that for the meantime. But I'm still brainstorming ideas for something that could be adjustable. I might even ask at a hardware store. Some contraption must exist.

      Thanks again, Michele

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      • #4
        Depending on the depth of the drawer, you could grab some cheapie book ends or get one of those full-size letter sorters. I can't think of their official name. Like this:

        You could put it behind your files, allowing them to stand up nicely, plus put other things in them like spare notebooks or magazines to read, etc.

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        • #5
          Gena, that's brilliant! One could even choose to fill the whole drawer with those, depending on one's preference.

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          • #6
            The only concern with filling the whole drawer with those is that you might end up in the same situation as having hanging files. You might have to move a whole bunch of files just to add a new one.

            I use a few of those, but they're mostly on my desk to keep some of the more frequently use support materials close at hand, as I don't want an stack of 5-10 2-4 cm thick folders filling my "support material" box.

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            • #7
              Just a little trick. In my gawdawful filing drawers, the only company-approved solution is pendaflex. However, just find a couple milk crates. (You may have them on your street corner, or, if you don't live in that kind of neighborhood, you can buy them at The Container Store for $9.99 each.) Put them in the drawer. Two fit nicely in each drawer of my cabinet. They are 13 by 13 inches and 11 inches tall. They are perfect for files. If you need to lift out a box of files, it is super easy.

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              • #8
                Ah-ha! So you're basically putting a folder-sized box inside each drawer?

                That's a brilliant idea!

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                • #9
                  In case it helps I found out the name of the things that block the folders. They are called `follower blocks' as in

                  http://www.klsecurity.com/product_pa...ccessories.htm

                  This kind look like you could put them into a draw without holes in it.

                  I am just about to move to a new office and the filing cabinet has grooves in it to take a different kind of bracket. But I rather suspect the brackets got tossed a long time ago.

                  Michael

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                  • #10
                    Business cards make great fillers!

                    This is exactly how I finally found a great use, and a great place to store all the boxes of extra business cards I have.

                    Hopefully the file drawer will fill up at around the same rate my quantity of cards goes down.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks everybody,

                      The solution I came up is this. I found HEAVY DUTY bookends on staples.com. I just can't find the exact name or link right now. But they say they are MUCH heavier and they really are. They are 10'' high so a little higher than a file. They have the non skid bottom. And they are working. They really do hold them up. When I'm in the office again I'll post the name of them. Because they were about 10.00 for two of them. A cheap and easily adjustable solution.

                      Michele

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MicheleC
                        Thanks everybody,

                        The solution I came up is this. I found HEAVY DUTY bookends on staples.com. I just can't find the exact name or link right now. But they say they are MUCH heavier and they really are. They are 10'' high so a little higher than a file. They have the non skid bottom. And they are working. They really do hold them up. When I'm in the office again I'll post the name of them. Because they were about 10.00 for two of them. A cheap and easily adjustable solution.

                        Michele
                        Great idea. I saw this posted elsewhere on these forums and am trying an ordinary size bookend and it works quite well. I am planning to chase up something stronger when I have a chance. Seems like a simple and easily adjustable solution. I would imagine if weight of paper is a problem you could use two side by side.

                        Michael

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