Office Cubicles

Office workstations, often referred to as cubicles, are standardized workplace fixtures that partition open office spaces into smaller rooms for one or several workers to focus on their specific work tasks. The cubicle was invented in 1968 as the ‘Action Office System’ by Robert Propst for Herman Miller with the idea to create a reconfigurable furniture system that could convert large building plans into individualized work compartments. Cubicles are designed to provide privacy, sound-proofing, isolation, and to decrease visual distractions while working. Cubicle workstations are often assumed to improve the efficiency of the workplace and the productivity of the worker.

What is a cubicle?

A cubicle is a designated area of an office that is partially closed off via partitions at a height of 5 to 6 feet (1.5-1.8 m). The design intent is to separate workers to lessen noise and distraction and increase productivity and focus. A cubicle usually will include a desk and filing cabinet or storage system.

How do you organize a cubicle?

The first step to organizing a cubicle is to create a layout that acts in accordance to one’s workflow and encourages productivity. A filing cabinet, cord corral, jars, and shelving are all tools to organize important documents and office supplies in a cubicle. Labeling and color coding are also efficient methods to organization.

How do you decorate a cubicle?

A cubicle can be decorated to showcase one’s personal life, design tastes, and interests. Photographs, message boards, mirrors, and plants/terrariums can be added liven the space up. Stylish organizational materials and a color scheme can be chosen to spruce up a cubicle as well.

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L-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle
Plan drawing illustrating the dimensions of a standard L-Shaped Management Workstation | Cubicle with a sitting office worker

L-Shape management workstations are cubicles that have evolved into efficient private rooms for managerial employees that need increased privacy and independence for their tasks. The L-Shape desk plan is straightforward, spacious, and its square modular plan is easy to arrange within the overall office plan.

The L-Shape Management Workstation has a width of 96" (244 cm), length of 96" (244 cm), and requires a total area of 64 ft2 (5.9 m2).

L-Shape management workstations are cubicles that have evolved into efficient private rooms for managerial employees that need increased privacy and independence for their tasks. The L-Shape desk plan is straightforward, spacious, and easy to arrange within the overall office plan.

The L-Shape Management Workstation has a width of 96" (244 cm), length of 96" (244 cm), and requires a total area of 64 ft2 (5.9 m2).

L-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle
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96" | 244 cm
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96" | 244 cm
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64 ft2 | 5.9 m2

Benefits: Private room, square module

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L-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle plan, plan (office worker)

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U-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle
Drawing of a U-Shaped Management Workstation | Cubicle with dimensions and employee in office chair

U-Shape management cubicles are private room workstations for managerial employees with increased work surfaces and storage. The U-Shape cubicle plan trades mobility and flexibility for additional desk space.

The U-Shape Management Workstation has a width of 96" (244 cm), length of 96" (244 cm), and requires a total area of 64 ft2 (5.9 m2).

U-Shape management cubicles are private room workstations for managerial employees with increased work surfaces and storage. The U-Shape cubicle plan trades mobility and flexibility for additional desk space.

The U-Shape Management Workstation has a width of 96" (244 cm), length of 96" (244 cm), and requires a total area of 64 ft2 (5.9 m2).

U-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle
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96" | 244 cm
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96" | 244 cm
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64 ft2 | 5.9 m2

Benefits: Private room, increased storage, square module

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U-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle plan, plan (office worker)

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Task Workstation | Cubicle

Task workstations are cubicles that balance privacy and floor planning efficiency while offering a spacious amount of work surfaces—making it one of the most popular cubicles. Because of its square modular dimensions, the task cubicle is an easy footprint to use when laying out an office plan.

The Task Workstation Cubicle has a width of 72" (183 cm), length of 72" (183 cm), and requires a total area of 36 ft2 (3.3 m2).

Pair of dimensioned drawings showing two variations of Task Workstations
Task workstations are cubicles that balance privacy and floor planning efficiency while offering a spacious amount of work surfaces—making it one of the most popular cubicles. Because of its square modular dimensions, the task cubicle is an easy footprint to use when laying out an office plan.

The Task Workstation Cubicle has a width of 72" (183 cm), length of 72" (183 cm), and requires a total area of 36 ft2 (3.3 m2).

Pair of dimensioned drawings showing two variations of Task Workstations
Task Workstation | Cubicle
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72" | 183 cm
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72" | 183 cm
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36 ft2 | 3.3 m2

Benefits: Spacious, square module, popular

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Task Workstation | Cubicle plan, plan (office worker)

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Utility Workstation | Cubicle
Illustration of a Utility Task Cubicle | Workstation dimensioned and drawn with a seated employee

Utility workstations are the most efficient form of office cubicle with the most minimal office footprint. Typically arrayed linearly into rows of workstations, the utility cubicle is often used in call centers and telemarketing workplaces where tasks do not require larger desk surfaces.

The Utility Workstation has a width of 24" (61 cm), length of 48" (122 cm), and requires a total area of 16 ft2 (1.5 m2).

Utility workstations are the most efficient form of office cubicle with the most minimal office footprint. Typically arrayed linearly into rows of workstations, the utility cubicle is often used in call centers and telemarketing workplaces where tasks do not require larger desk surfaces.

The Utility Workstation has a width of 24" (61 cm), length of 48" (122 cm), and requires a total area of 16 ft2 (1.5 m2).

Utility Workstation | Cubicle
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24" | 61 cm
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48" | 122 cm
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16 ft2 | 1.5 m2

Clearance: 2’-2.5’ | 61-76 cm
Uses: Call center, telemarketing

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Utility Workstation | Cubicle plan, plan (office worker)

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Management Workstation | Cubicle
Plan drawing with dimensions showing the dimensions and operation of a Management Workstation | Cubicle

Management workstations are generous private cubicles that have grown to include additional space for hosting guests and teammates. Functioning similar to a traditional private office, management cubicles balance workplace efficiency and storage while providing an area to hold private team conversations and strategy sessions.

The Management Workstation Cubicle has a width of 96" (244 cm), length of 144" (366 cm), and requires a total area of 96 ft2 (8.9 m2).

Management workstations are generous private cubicles that have grown to include additional space for hosting guests and teammates. Functioning similar to a traditional private office, management cubicles balance workplace efficiency while providing an area for private team meetings.

The Management Workstation Cubicle has a width of 96" (244 cm), length of 144" (366 cm), and requires a total area of 96 ft2 (8.9 m2).

Management Workstation | Cubicle
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96" | 244 cm
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144" | 366 cm
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96 ft2 | 8.9 m2

Benefits: Private room, guest furniture

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Management Workstation | Cubicle plan, plan (office workers)

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