Types of Cubicles

There are two main types of cubicles: panel-mounted and freestanding. These days the most common are panel-mounted where components such as desks, tables, and file cabinets are mounted directly onto the panels. Freestanding cubicle designs use separate panels that are placed around furniture.

Your choice between panel-mounted and freestanding cubicles depends on your business’s needs. Panel-based systems can be equipped with internal power options and tend to be a bit taller, and therefore provide greater privacy and noise reduction.

The advantage of freestanding systems is that they can be installed and reconfigured easily. This may be important if you predict your business will often rearrange or move office space.

Sizes of Cubicle

The most common cubicle sizes are 6-by-6 feet, 6-by-8 feet, and 8-by-8 feet. Center workstations, often used for general use printers, can be as small as 2-by-4 feet. Larger cubicles, meant for meetings and managerial tasks, can be up to 12-by-12 feet.

Panel heights range from 34 to 85 inches. Taller panels offer more privacy and reduce noise, but certainly inhibit interaction between members of team work. Tall panels may also create a lighting problem in the space. Low panels make it easy for employees to work together, but offer little in the way of privacy.

What to Keep in Mind

The great benefit of cubicles, and modular furniture in general, is the adaptability they can offer. But make sure that the designs you choose will have the flexibility you need not just now, but down the road. Ask yourself, does this particular line of modular furniture have everything I may need in a year? Five years? Remember that cubicle design is not universal and it is a rare case when one manufacturer’s designs are compatible with another’s.

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