Joyce Contract Interiors – Modern Office Cubicle Design

The office cubicle was invented and designed in the 1960s. The goals of the office cubicle were to take advantage of vertical space, allow for more density within a floor plan, and provide employees with semi-private offices.

Think of your office cubicle as your office cockpit where everything you need is an arm’s length away; office tools are within reach, helping to make your work flow fluent, efficient, and more productive. Computer monitors are on your desk or on adjustable monitor arms. There are overhead open or closed storage options. Lower fixed or mobile storage pedestals are also available. Your semi-private cockpit is enclosed by multiple panel heights, widths, and surfaces: fabric, laminate, glass, or a combination. Noise reduction helps provide a work environment for concentration.

Office cubicles come in a variety of sizes to fit your floor plan. The most popular cubicle sizes in recent years have been: 6’x6’, 7’x7’, 8’x8’, or a combination of these sizes. Joyce Contract Interiors can help with your design and layout.

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Cubicle system components

Cubicle system components start at the worksurface and can be fixed or height-adjustable. Rectangle and corner 90-degree worksurfaces are the most popular shapes. Below the worksurface, storage options include fixed or mobile pedestals, bookcases, and lateral files. Above the worksurface, options include open shelves, enclosed shelves, flipper doors, task lights, tackboards, and paper-management systems.

Cubicle wall

Cubicle walls come in heights ranging from 32” to 85”. Widths range from 12” to 60” in 6” increments. Thickness ranges from 2” to 2.5”. The typical cubicle wall is made of fabric which covers over a hard surface fiber core or an acoustic fiber core; walls are available as monolithic or segmented. They come in clear or frosted glass, fabric, laminate, marker board, or a combination of these materials, which is a very popular choice. A good sound rating for an acoustical panel is .65 NRC or better and the panel should be UL-approved.

Cubicle storage

Cubicle storage is available in three different options: support storage, hanging storage, and stand-alone storage. Support storage is placed underneath the worksurface and can be a pedestal, lateral file, or bookcase. Support storage offers dual functionality, providing cubicle storage as well as desk support. Hanging storage is generally open shelving, enclosed shelving, and flipper door units. Stand-alone storage is typically lockers, storage units, lateral files, or combination units that are within cubicle walls but not under the worksurface.

Cubicle door

Cubicle doors are generally 67” or 85” high. They can be traditional hinged swinging door, which are hollow-core doors, or a sliding barn-type door made from Lexan. Cubicle door widths are limited to 36” or 48”.

Cubicle Power

Cubicle walls can be powered with receptacles or they can be non-powered. When they are powered, a licensed electrician needs to connect the cubicle walls. Using a non-powered panel, electrical service for the work area would come from the wall or a power source on the floor. Clamp-on power units with USB modules that sit right on the desk are also available.

Cubicle Wall Applications

Cubicle walls are most often used to surround a desk, creating a semi-private workstation. Cubicle walls can be used to divide a room or provide a small break-out area. Spaces like these are becoming popular in the time of COVID-19, as they offer a way to subdivide a room without having to build structural walls. Best of all, these cubicle walls can be disassembled if they are no longer needed, reconfigured, and/or moved to another location at a later date.

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