To use, enter values for the Lineal Feet and/or amounts of various file cabinet
drawers and click the Calculate button. Clicking the Reset button will clear entered values.
For example, if you have three 4 drawer file cabinets and each drawer is 30 inches
deep, enter "12" next to 30" File Cabinet Drawer. Then press calculate and to find out how
much paper you have in those 12 drawers. You can enter combination of drawers and/or lineal
How Much Paper do you Have?
Figuring out how much paper you have is not that difficult if you just know
how much paper is in a typical container.
A standard banker box measuring 10" tall X 12" wide X 15" long will
contain about 2200 pieces of paper. This assumes there is about 100 folders in the
box. The more folders you have in a given space the less paper you are going to
have in that same space. If the box is packed tightly, you might get 2500-2700 pieces of
paper in this container.
There are about 150 sheets of paper per inch. In a tightly
packed box you will have about 175-200 sheets of paper per inch.
In order to quantify how much paper you have, you will have to figure
out two variables. First you will need to know how many feet or inches of paper you
have. Secondly, you will have to figure out how much paper you have in an inch or
foot. Once you have both of those numbers just multiply them out and that will give you a
great idea of how much paper you have.
In order to figure out your paper per inch number just look inside
your containers and count how many files you have in a one
foot section. Next you will have to find out how much paper is in your typical file. Just open up 10 or 12 documents and
physically count how much paper is in each file. Average that number out and
multiply the number of documents in that one foot section times the average file length
and that will yield the amount of paper you have per foot. Multiply that
number by the total lineal feet of container space you have.
A typical vertical file cabinet is usually 18 to 26 inches deep and comes in
two, four or five drawer variants. A 26" deep 5 drawer file cabinet has about 10
lineal feet of drawer space. If you have 5 of these cabinets you will
have about 50 lineal feet of drawer space. If you have 1800 sheets of paper per
foot, your total amount of paper would be 90,000 sheets.
Lateral file cabinets are usually between 30 and 42 inches wide and come with 1
to 6 drawers. A foot of paper is a foot of paper whether it is in a standard banker box
or a lateral file cabinet. Just figure out how much feet of drawer space you have and
multiply by the amount of paper you have in a foot. A typical 4 drawer 36 inch
lateral cabinet will contain about 21,120 images.