The loss of the security keys for the lock on a file cabinet can interrupt a workday in unexpected ways. Most manufacturers design file cabinets with safety features to prevent bypassing the lock. As a result, key replacement is often the only way to re-open the drawers and continue uninterrupted business operations. Whether you own a vertical or lateral file cabinet, the process for acquiring replacement keys isn’t difficult. Typically, it only requires contacting the cabinet manufacturer for assistance.
Write down the brand name, model name and style (vertical or lateral) of your file cabinet. Include the serial and model numbers and the number of cabinet drawers.
Call the cabinet's manufacturer and provide your information to the customer service representative. Telephone numbers can be found in the literature included with the file cabinet.
Order the replacement keys (if available) and wait for the keys to arrive via expedited or ground shipment. If the cabinet manufacturer doesn’t stock replacement keys and instead refers you to a separate lock manufacturer, contact the lock manufacturer for assistance.