Office cubicles were developed in the late 1960s as a middle ground between a full office and a fully open workspace. There are nearly as many cubicle designs as there are offices, and they range from simple and utilitarian to upscale and beautiful.
As the needs of workers have evolved, so have these wall partitioned work spaces. They're still a lower-cost way to separate work spaces, but now they're available in a more classic cube and an enclosed one that's much more like a traditional office. No matter what your office needs, there's likely a cubicle style that will fit perfectly.
Working in a Closed Cubicle Environment
It almost seems like the antitheses of “cubicle,” but some really are closed, at least as compared to a typical office cubicle that's only slightly partitioned from other work spaces. There may be three walls, which may be quite tall. And there can even be a fourth wall and a door.
The Pros, and the Cons
The cubicle idea was born as a cost-effective way to provide workers individual, dedicated space without building a separate office for each person. In a closed cubicle, there is a partitioned work space that is nearly as private as a separate room. It's essentially an office at a much lower price point, and without a construction crew.
Businesses where workers need to meet privately with clients, or where complex problems require quiet and concentration, benefit from this design.
The downside to a closed cubicle office is that workers may have a more difficult time working collaboratively. But for an office where privacy is important and most people work independently, a closed plan is a good option.
Working in an Open Cubicle
Open office cubicles are the more common of the two. They may have very low walls, just enough to separate desks and block the view from one work space to another, or they may be a bit more private with higher walls. In this setup, workers can move around, communicate with each other, and not feel secluded from the rest of the office.
The Pros, and the Cons
In a classic open cube, workers have some privacy and separation from distractions, which helps with concentration. It also helps encourage working collaboratively, and doesn't inhibit movement around the office.
Open cubicles are perfect in offices where workers bounce ideas off each other, move around from space to space, and don't spend much time on telephone calls where noise could be a problem.
The downside to an open office cubicle is that no one ever has full privacy. That can make concentration challenging in a busy office, and it can also present problems in an office where sensitive information is discussed with clients. But for an office where teamwork is important, open cubicles give workers the best of both worlds — separation without seclusion.
Cubicles are one of the great inventions of the 20th century. They help business owners keep costs low, while providing workers with a space of their own. And no matter what your office needs, there's a style that will work the way you want it to.
Cubiture knows about cubicles. We can help you plan and design the perfect office to suit your budget, and we have a wide range of office furniture, both new and used. Count on Cubiture's knowledge and experience to help you create an office space that works for you.