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Cubicle Size

The size of your office cubicles is extremely important and should reflect the needs of your business. An 8’x8’ station will give your employees a lot of room to work, but will also limit the number of stations you can fit into your floor plan compared to a smaller 6’x6’ design.

Lucky for you, the smaller size of computers and computer screens allows for a smaller, less expensive cubicle design while still maintaining a functional work environment.

What is the “ideal” size of a cubicle? That’s a tough question, and varies from business to business and industry to industry.

Allow me to offer you some examples from my 25+ years of experience selling office cubicles:

The 6’x6’ Cubicle:
This is about as small a cubicle as I have sold without experiencing some negative feedback from employees. This size is intended for a business that requires the “maximum” number of cubicles in a space. You can make a smaller station, but these would be used for Telemarketing or Part-Time use only.

Make sure to specify two (2) worksurfaces in an “L” configuration. Also, use 24” deep surfaces. 30” deep may be available, but will cut into your work area, making the station feel much smaller than it is. Also, keep storage units to a minimum. One (1) under-desk pedestal and one (1) shelf is a realistic/functional amount of storage. Having only one under-surface storage pedestal will allow for more knee space for the user. Smaller can be better for some applications.

The 8’x8’ Cubicle:
This is a BIG cubicle! Before we had flat screen monitors, an 8’x8’ cube was the norm, and would include a HUGE corner worksurface. Times have changed and the 8×8 is a luxury. But this is a great cubicle size for employees that multi-task, offering more space for storage solutions.

The Management Cubicle:
Any cubicle larger than 8’x8’ can be considered a Management Cubicle. As the name suggests, these cubicles are meant for management-level employees not able to have a hard wall office. A larger cubicle allows for the possibility of guest seating – often placed across the desk from the employee. This layout is ideal for management staff that conducts meetings at his/her desk.

Conclusion:

When looking for new or used cubicles, have an idea of the quantity of cubicles you need in your office. And remember to allow for 15-20% growth. Also, consider the current size of your (current) work spaces. Would your employees be able to work effectively in a smaller cubicle if you were to offer better storage? Would they be more productive if they had larger stations with more work surface area?

Do your homework in-house before you start shopping for cubicles and your final installation will reflect your company’s growth and goals!

North Bay Office Furniture has over 25 years experience providing new and used office furniture in the Bay Area. We are located in Santa Rosa, CA.

Used Cubicles: 3 Money-Saving Tips

Businesses searching for used cubicles (also known as partitions, work stations, panel systems) are usually focused on saving money. Unfortunately, many of those “Pennies on the Dollar” deals advertised locally can have hidden costs that you may not notice until it’s too late.

Here are three free tips to consider before buying used cubicle product.

Number One: “Is the product still being manufactured?”
At some point you will need parts & pieces for your used product. Murphy’s Law will dictate that you will require additional panel connectors, trim pieces or electrical parts during your initial installation. Finding out that your product has been out of production for ten years will leave you scrambling for last-minute, expensive solutions. The time and anxiety you will spend fixing these unforeseen challenges will leave you frustrated and struggling to meet your office move-in date. (Tip: Make sure your product is still in production.)

Number Two: “Are you prepared to install the product yourself?”
Cubicles may look like a simple product when you see them completely built. In reality, they break up into hundreds of smaller parts and pieces. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the task of assembling the piles and piles of parts that get delivered to your new office space. Also, be aware that a small but significant percentage of parts may have been damaged during the tear-down process before you had your order delivered. Attempting to use these parts could lead to complications, a “rickety” assembly, and possibly an unsafe installation. (Tip: consider hiring a local office furniture installation company to install your furniture. Get a quite BEFORE you purchase the used product so that you have a better idea of your true costs.)

Number Three: “Why are these cubicles being sold at such a low price?”
You get what you pay for – and sometimes you pay to solve someone else’s problem! When buying product from a business that has gone bankrupt, for example, do some research. You may uncover that the landlord needs to remove the product from the space in order to lease to the next tenant. In this case, you may be able to negotiate the product at NO COST to you! The key here is to understand the cost associated with tearing down and removing the product. Offer to supply the man-power to remove the product and you just might get the cost-saving deal that you were searching for!

North Bay Office Furniture has over 25 years experience providing new and used office furniture in the Bay Area.