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    The modern workspace has undergone some big changes over the past few years thanks to the rise of coworking spaces, desk sharing and virtual offices. But no matter how far we stray from the traditional office layout, the cubicle remains, though it too has undergone some serious evolution.

    Choosing cubicles for your office can be a bit of a pain if you don’t know what your options are, so if you’re looking for new cubicles for an office or workspace. This essay could provide assist on your mind.

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    Cubicles these days can be constructed in almost any material desired. Cubicle panels and partitions can be built out of fine exotic woods, soft fabrics, glass, metal and more. The counter or desk component of an office cubicle is typically constructed from laminate or wood. While some of the more popular cubicle materials can get pricey, it’s easy to find and buy high-quality used and refurbished cubicles online.

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    Unless you’re ordering a custom cubicle, there are three basic cubicle heights: low (42” wall height), medium (53” wall height), and high (66” wall height).

    Generally speaking, 5×5 cubicles have medium walls, so they’re good in industries where supervisors need to keep an eye on employees, and in nearly every corporate situation. Storage space in 5×5 cubicles tends to be a little more limited than cubicles with a larger footprint, but it’s still easy to find 5×5 cubicles with plenty of drawers, pedestals and overhead storage options.

    6×6 cubicles can have medium walls or high walls, and the extra floor space makes it easy to squeeze in an extra filing pedestal or two. Depending on the layout you choose, 6×6 cubicles offer plenty of open space for collaboration with colleagues. Some 6’x6′ cubicles even have additional shelving units, lighting options, and other high tech features.

     When determining what size cubicle you need there are several factors to consider: the manufacturer, panel thickness, clustering capabilities, and work surface models. Popular cubicle sizes are approximately 9’x12’ for a middle manager or engineer who has multiple computer systems; 8’x0’ for senior staff members or engineers; 8’x8’ for general staff; and 6’x6’ for administrative and telephone support personnel.

    The actual square footage that you have available to pack with cubicles depends on a series of metrics essential for analyzing the efficiency of any office space. These metrics are the Gross Density Ratio, usually between 175 useable square feet (USF)/person to 325 USF/person; and the Enclosed to Open Ratio. There are also other factors to consider like the Circulation Factor and room sizes, all of which an architect or space planning professional can assist with.

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    One of the main complaints about cubicles is that they eliminated the private office. There are still plenty of cases where privacy is necessary, like human resources and when delivering private financial or medical information, and modular offices are the solution. Modular offices, also called executive offices or high-walled cubicles with doors, have a much larger footprint than cubicles. In modular offices, the walls are generally at least 12’ high and can come in glass or solid paneling, perfect for giving decision makers levels of privacy while keeping an open office plan. When you need an instant executive office, modular offices are the only way to go.

    Otherwise, if you would like to provide the cubicle for one. Standard office cubicles are also designed for one person to use, but there’s enough room for an extra chair in case a visitor stops by, as well as space for any materials or equipment the worker may need (think computers, files, phones and notepads). Work surfaces in standard cubicles are typically l-shaped or u-shaped and come in both high- and low-panel options. Manager cubicles can be constructed with larger footprints than standard and in custom dimensions.