Vertical file cabinets take up less space and come in two-, three-, four- and five-drawer designs. Letter-size verticals are generally 15-inches wide while legal-size files are 18¼-inches wide. Two-drawer models are typically 29-inches high and go up to 60 inches in height for five-drawer cabinets. Typical vertical file cabinets are 28½-inches deep. Since standard desktop heights are between 28 and 30 inches, you may find a two-draw model fits under your present desktop perfectly. If you want to set up a workstation in a hurry, you might even consider buying a desktop and simply placing it atop a set of two-drawer files. Just be sure you allow enough room for file drawers to open fully. Your office needs to be able accommodate the depth of the vertical cabinet (around 29 inches), plus the length of the open drawer, which is an additional 29 inches. Lateral file cabinets are generally 20-inches deep. They require less interior space to open, but they do require more wall space. One advantage to laterals is that they can double as a second worktop.Before purchasing, check the description to make sure the cabinet you’re considering can hold legal files if you need them (some allow you to place legal files in sideways). Also check to see if hanging files can hook onto the outer edge of the drawers or if you need to buy hanging bars—racks for hanging files on—that set up inside the drawers.