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Standard Sizes of Office Cubicles: What Office Cubicle Size is Right for your Office?

How Big Are Cubicles?  What are common cubicle dimensions?

Let’s get into the standard sizes of office cubicles.  Cubicles can be confusing!  The top manufacturers (Steelcase, Herman Miller, Knoll, Haworth, Allsteel, Hon) each have their own parts and height standards.  Here is a picture to help you visualize the different sizes.  

Standard Sizes of Office Cubicles 

Standard sizes of office cubicles

Office Cubicle Trends & Cubicle Dimensions

In the last few years, cubicle sizes are getting smaller and shorter.  We see more requests for 4′ x 2′ cubicles & less 8′ x 8′ cubicles.  Companies have been moving to more open work environments, helping drive the move to smaller.  Also, more employees work from home part of the time, meaning less of a need for a spacious cubicle at work.  There has been push back on the negative impact of employee productivity and office distractions with these open office environments.  It is our job to keep up on current office design trends.  If you need office design help, we can help.  

Typical Cubicle Size 

If you have the space, we like mid-height office cubicles 6 feet x 6 feet (6′ x 6′) and find it a very popular cubicle size.  Mid-height cubicles give you seated privacy.   This means when you stand, you can be seen.  Think of that Whack a Mole game where the Mole can pop-up and be seen.  That is what a mid-height cubicle can do.  Or, if you need training help, you can flag down assistance with out jumping up on your work surface and acting like a monkey!  You can simply stand up & be seen.  Mid-height cubicles are 48″ – 56″ tall.  You can hang a shelf, but they are not tall enough for an overhead or covered bin.  A 6 x 6 cubicle gives you space without too much space.  

6×6 Mid Height Cubicles

This office design had 6 x 6 cubicles in mid-height.  You can see the cubicle height still allows for the natural light.  The lay-out was created with that natural light in mind.  

6 x 6 cubicle sizes

Standard Cubicle Wall Heights 

This install picture shows the difference in a standard cubicle height.  The workstation system is Allsteel Concensys, so the height matches up to their standards.  The tall spine is 69″ tall.  Then, the mid-height is 56″ tall.  The short panels are 42″ tall.  The standard for work surface or desk tops are 24″ deep & 29″ tall.  

Cubicle Panel Heights Kansas City

Short Cubicles –  The height is 39″ – 42″.   This is an open office.  You will be able to see each other & point out when your co-worker has something in their teeth.   

Mid-Height Cubicles –  These are 48″ – 56″.   Seated privacy & you can do a shelf for vertical storage.    When you stand up, you will be seen.  

Tall Cubicles –   These are 62″ – 70″.  You can hang an overhead.  

One office team that does like the open office said they found that with tall panels folks talk in their normal voices.  The shorter panels did bring out more library voices in the work area.  The flip side is that if you are going with the open office to encourage collaboration, folks will talk less and instant message more.  

Glass is extremely popular in office cubicles.  We recommend glass & natural light to all our clients.  (We also recommend plants & wrote a whole article on the best cubicle plants.) 

The other thing to consider is how much work surface do you need.  For example a 5 x 5 cubicle is tricky.  You can design if 3 ways depending on the amount of chair & worksurface space you want.  

5 x 5 Cubicles 

5 x 5 cubicle lay-out

4 x 3 Cubicles 

We completed a project with 4′ x 3′ cubicles.  We noticed in our standard cubicle size examples we didn’t show this size.  Here is an example of a 4′ x 3′ cubicle at 56″ tall.  This company elected to have no storage.  Perhaps, they have lockers or another area for personal items like purses, keys, & coats.  That is one thing to keep in mind.  While we are selling less and less office files, employee do want a place to lock their personal items.  

4 x 3 cubicles

Dogbone Cubicles 3 Person Cubicles

Dogbone cubicles are an increasing popular cubicle set-up.  They are sometimes called 3 person cubicles or 120 degree cubicles.  The set-up here is 8′ in length by 9′ in depth.  The 5′ of surface may not allow for a full size pedestal for storage.  You may need to go with a skinny pedestal, which is a narrower pedestal.  

dogbone cubicles


Skinny Pedestal

You can see a a full size mobile pedestal on the left.  A skinny pedestal is on the right.  A skinny pedestal was created for an office requiring little storage.  This is lockable option for belongings.  It is narrow to not impact knee desk space, so a solution for smaller foot print cubicle sizes.    

Skinny Pedestal

6 x 5 Cubicles 

Recently, we installed 6′ x 5′ cubicles.  This means the spine wall was 6′ across the back & 5′ on the side.  This Herman Miller ethospace cubicle is maximized with storage.  The client needed 2 overhead file bins and 1 mobile pedestal with a seat cushion for plenty of storage for files and notebooks.  The cubicles are 65″ tall for privacy with a wing panel.  We did glass on the wings to open them for natural light.  

6 x 5 office cubicles

6 x 8 Office Cubicles

This inventory of tall used cubicles is very flexible.  It has many panels to make a number of cubicle sizes.  Originally, 6x8s, you can easily do 6x6s, 6x4s, 3x4s, 3x2s, & 5x5s.  For storage there is one overhead and a mobile pedestal and a 2 drawer lateral.  For a smaller cubicle than the 6×8, the 2 drawer lateral will not allow for enough knee space.  In this install for a medical office, these cubicles were made into 6x6s office cubicles.  

6x8 tall cubicles

7 x 7 Cubicles

In this client install, we went with grey office cubicles on a quickship program.  These new cubicles at 53″ tall are an import product.  You can go with different affordable laminate tops to change the look.  Shown in a modern walnut top.

Budget Office Cubicles Kansas City greencleandesigns 

What cubicle size do I need?  

  • Lease cost is a big one.  We have helped many a New York company needing to get as many as folks into the space as possible.  
  • What is the function of the person working the cubicle?  Does this person need lots of space to spread out?  Will they be looking at plans?  Typically, engineers need deeper work surfaces than the typical 24″.  They prefer 30″ for the big plans they spread out on their work surface.  
  • Are employees in their cubicles most of the day?  Some jobs have folks coming in and out of the office from appointments, a bigger cubicle might not be necessary.  The term “touchdown cubicles” comes from this concept.  Employees touchdown in the cubicle, but do not stay the entire day. 

Best Cubicles 

What are the best cubicles?  There are several good manufacturers out there.  Whether it be Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, Knoll, Kimball, Allsteel, Friant, AIS, Open Plan, Teknion, the structure of the cubicles are made from metal and fabric.  They will hold up well.  The manufacturers are using the same fabric mills, which is commercial grade fabric.  Commercial grade fabric is tested to last & cleans well.  Each manufacturer has ways to incorporate glass in the cubicle design.  

Glass Office Cubicle 

Frameless glass is a popular option.  In the example below of AIS Divi, you can see the mid-height cubicle with glass on the side panels.  

cubicles with frameless glass

Want an office furniture lay-out?  

We will do an office lay-out with 2 revisions for free. We are located in Kansas City & service 500 miles each direction.  If you are beyond that service area, we will still do the lay-out and pass to our territory partner closer to you.  

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You can contact us with your location & any other details about your project or to ask any cubicle questions we missed: 

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