Lever Arch Files - A Buyers Guide

Lever Arch files are a found in offices throughout the UK as they are able to safely store large amounts of paper thanks to their large metal prongs. A typical A4 lever arch files can hold approximately 300 sheets of paper, compare this to a standard A4 ring binder that holds around 100 sheets and you start to see why lever arch files are so popular.

Lever arch files also hold paper more securely that a ring binder thanks to the unique locking mechanism that fixes the contents of the folder in place. The lever in the file that gives this style of folder its name is used to open and close the prongs and this makes the file easier to handle and also means you don’t need to pull the binder apart and risk damaging the documents enclosed.

Lever Arch Files

Generally leaver arch files are available in four main sizes, A3, A4, A5 and Foolscap. Foolscap files are slightly larger than A4 and as such this size of file offers greater protection to the edges of the paper it contains. There are also a wide range of colours available which can allow you to develop a coloured coded filing system or select a colour that matches your company branding.

All lever arch files are designed to be durable as they can withstand the strain of regular handling when full of paper. However, depending on your requirements you can choose a file made from a particular material that best suits your needs. The main materials to choose from are....

Cardboard Lever arch files – Manufactured from a standard board that you would commonly used for most office files. Many of the files produced using cardboard are made using recycled material which means if you are looking for an environmental option this type of file may be for you.

Plastic Covered Board Lever Arch Files –A premium quality plastic is used which covers a high quality board material (again commonly made from recycled material). As plastic can be manufactured in virtually any colour possible there are a wide range of colour options available. Plastic covered files also have the advantage of increased durability helping to further protect your important documents.

Paper Covered Board Lever Arch Files – Again produced using a high quality board with a paper cover that means this type of file can be produced in more colour options than standard board files. This type of lever arch files is very common in retail stores as it allows for more interesting and consumer friendly designs to be produced.

If you are looking for lever arch files then why not take a look at our range at Office Allsorts. If you need any assistance were always happy to help so please feel free to give us a call on 0115 9455833.


Carl Barton is a director of Office Allsorts who has worked in the office products industry for 15 years.

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