Typical Cubicle Configurations - Choosing the right cubicle for your office

June 10, 2021

When it comes to updating the layout or design of your office, opening a new location, or even starting a new business, the issue of purchasing office cubicles will inevitably pop up. Businesses oftentimes find themselves looking at various cubicles (e.g. new cubicles vs used cubicles), a variety of sizes and styles, and numerous layouts that can be achieved in their office space. Choosing the ideal cubicles will set the tone of your office for years to come, so it’s important to have a great understanding of your business and its employees.

Your office design and layout should strike a balance between efficient use of the building’s space and giving employees the room they need to be productive. A good space plan design should help you maximize the space that is available in your office space.

Typical Cubicle Configurations

After you’ve given some thought to the questions above, you should start to think about the different styles and heights of office cubicles as well as their fit with other office furniture in your workplace. The sizes and heights of the cubicles you purchase will help organize your office and structure the culture you want to nurture. Here are some of the most common cubicle configurations: 

Office Cubicle Styles

There are generally three types of cubicles to choose from:

  • Call Center Cubicles: These cubicles are ideal for businesses that want to maximize the number of employees that can fit in a space. These cubicles are most commonly found in 2’x5’, 4’x4’, or 5’x5’ and feature shorter walls, or perhaps glass panels for some additional transparency. These cubicles are occupied by only one person, and there isn’t much room to add personal flair.
  • Standard Cubicles: These work areas can actually be quite spacious, and they can be arranged in a variety of layouts or have various work surfaces. Standard office cubicles are meant for one employee, but there’s space for an additional chair when necessary. The extra space in these cubicles is generally dedicated to computers, new file cabinets, used file cabinets, and other office equipment. Standard cubicle sizes tend to be 6’x6’, 6’x8’, or 8’x8’.
  • Modular Cubicles: Some employees need even more privacy than a standard office cubicle provides, especially when it comes to human resources, financial, or medical personnel. Modular offices, which are basically higher-walled cubicles with doors, are a great solution to this issue. These cubicles have a larger footprint than standard cubicles, can be as tall as 12’, and are generally glass or solid paneling.

Traditionally, there are three main office cubicle heights:

  • Low (42” wall height)
  • Medium (54” wall height)
  • Tall (60” wall height)

While these heights might vary slightly depending on the manufacturer, these are the most common office cubicle heights. The height of your cubicles should depend on the office culture you want to build. If your employees need to collaborate on a consistent basis, having low cubicle heights makes communication much easier. Higher cubicle heights obviously make each space more private.

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