A big thanks to Jeff Siegrist for allowing us to re-post his great pics and pictures on setting up a comic collection in legal-sized filing cabinets. This is a topic close to my heart as I transitioned my collection to some lateral filing cabinets and love having them set up that way. Here’s Jeff’s simple and effective way to get your own comic collection into filing cabinets:
Prepping my new filing cabinets for comic books and I just thought I’d share my way of setting them up. All you need is a legal size filing cabinet and poster board. After cleaning them up I set the divider (assuming you get one with a divider) towards the back, but the important is I leave it in:
About 2 clicks from the furthest back position works well. Without the divider the comics all the way against the back are difficult to get out and could get damaged.
My second step (pic #2 below) isn’t necessary, but I guess I’m just OCD. I measure and cut a piece of poster board to go in the center channel so that everything is level. This time I found poster board with a grid on it, much easier for uniform cutting:
Next I cut a divider to go down the middle of the drawer so that the 2 rows of comics don’t start merging. I like to make it 6 inches high and make sure it’s snug, then I secure it with masking tape(pic #3 below). I mock up a few comic books to make sure the divider is centered and perpendicular with the bottom of the drawer:
The next step is the fun one, fill the drawers with all your comics(pic #4 below), 2 rows per drawer and finally use labels to separate your comics however you’d like. I use printable labels attached to the top of back boards(pic #5). It looks good and the standard dividers are just a touch too tall for the drawers: