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.


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.