Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about modular office furniture.
What exactly is modular office furniture?
The term modular office furniture refers desks, tables, cubicle panels, and other pieces of furniture that are made for easy workspace flexibility. They come in easy-to-assemble parts and can be configured in a number of ways to suit your office needs.
Can we mix modular pieces from different manufacturers?
That depends. There is no universal modular furniture design, so you want to make sure that the manufacturer you choose either (a) is compatible with other companies, or (b) has a full line of modular pieces so that they can not only meet your current needs, but also any office furniture needs you may have down the road.
Why should we use cubicles in the office?
Cubicles offer privacy to workers, while still allowing enough contact with co-workers for a free exchange of ideas. Cubicles are inexpensive (especially when compared to permanent private offices) and they help to reduce noise.
What types of cubicles are available?
There are two main types of cubicles: panel-mounted and freestanding. With panel-mounted cubicles, 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. 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.
What are the standard sizes for cubicles?
Cubicles are available in a number of sizes, but the most common are 6-by-6 feet or 6-by-8 feet. Center workstation cubicles, usually used for community tools such as printers, can be as small as 4-by-2 feet. On the other hand, for meetings and managerial tasks, large cubicles measuring 12-by-12 feet or more are common.
The height of your cubicle panels will depend on your needs. Shorter panels allow workers to interact easier, but do not muffle noise as well as taller panels. Taller panels are great for keeping noise levels down, but they do tend to inhibit free interaction between team members.