You certainly don't have to work in the financial industry to know what a Bankers Box is, or what good organization looks and feels like. Many different industries use Bankers Boxes to store documents and make the most of limited office storage areas. The history of this iconic box dates back to 1917, when Harry Fellowes founded the Bankers Box Company and started producing boxes that were ideal for storage, organization, and moving.
Although we probably don't need to convince you of how useful, sturdy, or space-efficient Bankers Boxes are, many of our customers have asked us which types of file folders are best to use in them. This buying guide addresses that question and provides some helpful information about choosing the best folders for your storage solution.
One thing that makes Bankers Boxes so useful is that they can accommodate hanging folders that contain multiple sub-folders in each one for additional organization. Many modern Banking Boxes come with file rails to hold up hanging folders, which is very useful if you are transferring files from a filing cabinet to a box for long-term storage. These file rails are also handy if you aren't filling up the entire box so that the contents don't shift, slide down, or fall over.
Look for a Bankers Box feature called Hang'N'Stor, which comes in both letter-size (11″ x 13.75″ x 13.25″) and letter/legal-size (10.75″ x 13.75″ x 17″). Just turn the letter/legal-size box 90-degrees to switch from one size to the other!
Manilla folders are one of the most classic and widely used office supplies in the world. They're low-cost, versatile, and fit well into hanging folders for many different applications. But not every manilla file folder is exactly the same.
Not only do these folders come in letter-size and legal-size, but they also have various tab options. Based on the type of filing you are doing, you can choose a straight-cut tab, 2/5 cut right-of-center tab, 1/2 cut tab, 2/5 cut right-position tab, 1/3 cut tab, 1/5 cut tab, straight cut, or undercut tabs.
As an alternative to plain manilla folders, you can choose to use fastener folders inside of the hanging folders for your Bankers Box. These are ideal for securing documents inside of the folder and displaying the most important documents on top.
Some of these types of folders have top tabs of their own, while others do not. So, make sure to choose your tabbed or tab-less fastener folder based upon your labeling scheme.
Classification folders can also be used in Bankers Boxes, and these often have built-in tabs for organizational purposes. Some types of classification folders even have their own heavy-duty, reinforced tabs that eliminate the need for a hanging folder at all.
This hanging folder alternative is convenient because you can fold down the side hangers after removing the file from the box and avoid scratching yourself or getting it caught in your sweater. Other classification folders have a simpler design and a more economical cost if you're buying in bulk.
To learn more about how to choose the right file folders for a wide variety of uses, check out our How to Choose the Best File Folders guide.