Simple, safe, and well organised—these are 3 words that can be used to describe key cabinets for commercial properties. If you deal with many different keys on a daily basis, a key cabinet is a useful way of remaining organised and avoiding the loss of important keys.

Losing a single key on a busy day can easily turn into a nightmare while you're at work. Key cabinets provide a clearly organised and secure space for storing car keys, office keys, storage keys, etc. There are many key cabinets in the market to choose from. Here are 4 important factors you should keep in mind when selecting one for your business.

1. Size

You should begin by considering the size of your key cabinet. The unit should be large enough to safely house all the keys in your premises. A good way of becoming disorganised is to keep only a few keys in the cabinet while leaving others with random personnel across the business. You may consider using more than one key cabinet, as long as you keep all the keys organised.

The type of keys you're storing will also determine how large your cabinet is. For example, car keys for a fleet of vehicles may require a larger cabinet than smaller keys for your interior doors.

2. The locking mechanism

Remember that you will also need to lock your key cabinet. Carefully consider which locking mechanism will work best for your business. If you're using a traditional key to lock the cabinet, ensure that the key looks different from the other keys you're storing. This will prevent you from accidentally locking your cabinet key inside the cabinet itself.

A more secure option is to consider a keyless entry system for your cabinet. Traditional keys may be easily lost or even duplicated without your permission (which is a significant security risk). Consider electronic or combination locks instead of traditional keys. Contact a locksmith to learn more about your options.

3. Material

Your key cabinet should also be secure against tampering. In addition to the lock, it should be made from a sturdy material that can't be easily broken or cut through. Opt for aluminium, brass or stainless steel frames to protect your key cabinet.

4. Labelled key tags to locate your keys easier

To make organisation even easier, consider key cabinets that have slotted key racks with proper labelling. These racks make it easier for you to simply hang your keys and to develop a labelling system that works for your business.