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Rotary File Cabinet Design GuidelinesRotary File Cabinet Design Guidelines and Considerations

Rotary file cabinets come in legal and letter size depths and from 2 to 8 levels tall. They are composed of shelving on a rotating base inside of a cabinet. Rotary cabinets can be configured to store many different applications.  They save a lot of floor space over traditional filing cabinets, and allow you to create space for additional staff or conference rooms by condensing your file system into a smaller footprint.

Each ASA member is well versed in the design of rotary file cabinets and offers unique and different products and services. The sections below will answers some general questions your architect or design firm has in preparing for a new storage system set up. For hands on assistance with your planning and budgeting needs, please contact your local ASA member by filling out a form or calling them direct.

Considerations for Rotary File Cabinet Design

Rotary file cabinets need to be designed with a minimum of 5-7/8″ clearance behind letter size units and 7-1/8″ for legal size units to allow the system to rotate properly. Rotary cabinets are available in starter and adder configurations with dimensions listed in the chart below. All rotary file cabinets offer a lock as standard and have optional additional locks available for advanced security requirements.

They are commonly used in medical practices for secure file storage solutions or for technical binder storage applications.

Depths Clear space required Starter Adder
Letter 25″ 5-7/8″ 36-1/2″ W 30-3/4″ W
Legal 31″ 7-1/8″ 45-1/4″ W 38-1/4″ W

Available Heights

Tiers Heights
3 41-1/4″
4 48-1/4″
5 60-7/16″
6 71-3/8″
7 82″
8 92-1/8″

Available Accessories

  • Wall Closing Strips
  • Hanging File Drawers
  • Rollout Reference Shelf
  • Security Drawers
  • Rollout CD-Rom Drawer
  • Microfilm, Microfiche or Index Cards

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