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standard sizes of office cubicles what office cubicle is right for your office?

Let’s get into the standard size 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

In the last few years, cubicle footprints are getting smaller and shorter.  We see more 4′ x 2′ cubicles & less by 8′ x 8′ cubicles.  Companies have been moving to more open work environments, helping drive the move to smaller.  There has been push back on the impact of employee productivity and office distractions with these open office environments.  

If you have the space, we like mid-height office cubicles 6 feet x 6 feet.  Mid-height cubicles give you seated privacy.   They are 48″ – 56″ tall.  You can hang a shelf, but they are not tall enough for a overhead.  A 6 x 6 cubicle gives you space without to much space to keep clean!  

This picture shows the difference in a standard cubicle height.  The workstation system is Allsteel Concensys, so the height match up to their standards.  Your work surface is 28″ – 29″ tall.  

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Short Cubicles –  The height is 39″ – 42″.   This is an open office.  You will be able to see each other.  

Mid-Height Cubicles –  These are 48″ – 56″.  

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

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 cubicle lay-out

We completed a project with 4′ x 3′ cubicles.  We noticed in our examples we didn’t show this size.  Here is an example of a 4′ x 3′ cubicle at 56″ tall. 

4 x 3 cubicles

What cubicle size do I need?  

  • Lease cost is a big one.  We have helped many any 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.  
  • 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.  

Want to know more about the standard sizes of office cubicles?  Or, need a good office furniture dealer near you?  We are located in Kansas City & service 500 miles each direction.  If you are beyond that, e-mail us & we can connect you with a dealer we know in your market.  Niki serves on a national board for office furniture dealers & can make a recommendation. 

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