which may seem like a strange purchase, to those who know me. i certainly don’t work in a law office, and i already had a perfectly useful standard file cabinet.
but i didn’t buy it for files, legal or otherwise, but as comic book storage.
tasty, eh? and i must note this is my stack of boxes after filling up the new cabinet. so it’s obvious i’ve got a ways to go on the storage front.
anyway, i had read several articles, blog posts and forum posts concerning the use of filing cabinets for comic book storage. most, if not all, of these references suggested the use of metal filing cabinets (HON products seem particularly favoured in comic book circles, fwiw).
but i wanted something a little more attractive (and, to be honest, cheaper) than the standard beige or off-grey metal file cabinet. sure, they look neater than a haphazard stack of cardboard boxes. but neatness isn’t everything. as much as i appreciate functional utilitarian designs, i don’t particularly want to look at it day-in and day-out.
but i found that Office Depot had their house brand wood vertical file cabinet on sale last week at a price i could stand – so i decided to try one.
looks much better than cardboard boxes, doesn’t it?
after assembly (with far too many styrofoam fragments from the packaging getting in the way) and some experimentation (found the drawer bottoms needed reinforcement), i had an attractive replacement for three long boxes.
so, holding around 800 books or so (with room for a few more), i think this is definitely a success.
what i’m probably going to do is fill it with completed runs (stuff like Excalibur and the Robinson/Harris Starman) and random Silver Age books. based on experience with this one, i’ll probably add more cabinets as funds allow. as much as i prefer the aesthetics of the wood cabinet, i may be forced to buy metal ones (avoiding the reinforcing issues i ran into with this one).
happy reading, folks!
quote of the day:
“Storage is important. Whether it’s cushions you only use outside in the summer, or blankets that only come out in the winter, you’ve always got to think of where to store them.” – Anthea Turner