How to Remove Hon File Drawers

Updated February 21, 2017

Hon filing cabinets have a suspension-rail drawer system, rather than a locking mechanism system with tabs, buttons or clips or a full rail assembly system in which the cabinet and rails are one piece, to hold file drawers in the filing cabinet. As a result, removal of a Hon drawer from the cabinet doesn't require the removal of locking hardware or the entire drawer and rail assembly. Instead, you only need to push the sides of the drawer off the suspension rails.

Open the top drawer in your filing cabinet.

Empty all items, including the file hang-rail bars, from the drawer.

Pull the drawer completely out.

Place your weaker hand on one of the exterior sides of the drawer and your dominant hand underneath it.

Push in on the side of the drawer and up on the bottom at the same time to push the drawer from the suspension rails.

Ask your helper to support that side of the drawer.

Repeat Step 5 on the other side and pull the drawer straight out from the cabinet.


If the drawer won't slide from the suspension rail, place the screwdriver head and shaft between the side of the drawer and the cabinet and pull the handle toward you as you push up on the bottom of the drawer.


A Hon filing cabinet can tip if you try to remove a drawer that contains files or is empty and remove the bottom drawers before the top drawers.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver set
  • Helper
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Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.