Furniture Locks – Which Furniture Lock is right for you?
By: Gareth Jones
We offer furniture locks to cover common office furniture products, but they can also be used in a variety of other environments.
We break our furniture locks down into 3 categories:
These simply offer a locking facility to a cupboard door, often used in office furniture cabinets, these locks can either be fixed core – where the whole lock is one unit with a separate key – or as core removable – where the lock housing is separate to the lock core and keys.
As it says on the tin really, a pedestal lock is designed to work on a pedestal unit, or otherwise known as a mobile drawer unit that sits under or alongside an office desk. These locks can be either core removable or fixed core, and they can work alongside locking bars to lock multiple drawers with one lock at the top of the unit.
These can be found in larger office furniture drawer units, or used simply in bedroom furniture to add a lock to a single drawer, like a dresser unit or vanity unit, for added security for jewellery drawers etc. They are generally fixed core units, but they can be core removable for office furniture to work with the same lock systems as any pedestal and cupboard locks you might also have in an office.
Within these lock environments you can get 2 main types of locks:
Fixed Core Locks
A fixed core lock is simply a full complete lock, with matching separate keys. The core is fixed inside the housing as one unit, which means the numbered keys that come with it will only ever work on the matching lock, although master keys are still available for them. These types of locks are a lot cheaper than core removable locks but they offer less flexibility. They are often found in home furniture as the need for core removable isn’t really appropriate.
Core Removable Locks
Core removable locks are different to fixed cores because the lock housing unit that fixes to the cupboard/drawer has a hollow chamber for the lock core to fit into. The lock core has a number that matches the key, but the good thing about core removable locks is that this core can be replaced with one that has another number with ease.
A good example of core removable systems at work is if you have an office with a couple of cupboards and a couple of drawers for each member of staff. Each member of staff can have 1 key that works with all their locks. Should that staff member leaves or move offices, using a core removing key you can simply replace the cores in the locks to another key number and the locks are all secure again. To go alongside this system you get a master key so for example the office manager wanted to get into a drawer unit that is locked and the staff member was on holiday, they could use the master key to gain access to any of the locks.