How To Determine The Right Size Office Cubicle For Each New Hire

Office Cubicle Sizes Explained
September 26, 2018

Cubicle World makes it easy to determine office cubicle sizes.. Each new hire needs a certain amount of personal workspace, and each new hire requires optimal ergonomics to maintain his or her focus and produce with a consistently positive attitude. The rule of thumb we follow is very simple. We make it possible for each new hire to remain comfortably seated for an 8-hour period in a manner that prevents neck, back, shoulder, and leg cramps. We also make it possible for that individual to access computers, supplies, and paperwork without having to constantly leave his or her seat. This design process is based upon combined data from workflow studies and essential principles of ergonomics.

With Cubicle World, HR directors never overspend on excessive office cubicle sizes. We have encountered several companies who purchased cubicles with desk areas that were far larger—and more expensive—than what the employees needed. Most often, the HR director was trying to address complaints from a handful of persons who said that office cubicles were too “confining” and “claustrophobic.” Cubicle World developed design strategies to overcome these stereotypes over two decades ago. We found that varied cubicle panel heights, combined with glass panel inserts, expanded the worker’s sense of personal space while simultaneously conserving actual floor space.

According to statistics, the amount of workspace an employee requires has decreased. In 1994, experts said that workers needed 90 square feet of space. Then, in 2010, further studies revealed that each worker required only 75 feet of space. Since that time, standard office cubicle sizes have decreased from an 8×10 workstation to a 5×5 workstation. This dimensional increase has been made possible by departing from the traditional linear desk to an L-shape or U-shape. Such a desk can double the work surface area within the boundaries of a much more compact and cost-effective office cubicle.

Cubicle World places a heavy emphasis on ergonomics. Ergonomic science plays a major role in making smaller office cubicle sizes feel larger than they actually are and therefore more comfortable and pleasant.  We’ve already noted the importance of glass inserts in panel design. Glass inserts flood the interior with light coming in through office windows and from overhead ceiling lights in the room. A well-illuminated interior, free from dark spots and shadows, eliminates eye strain associated with working in dim light. Desk surfaces should range between 20 and 30 inches deep and measure at least two feet wide on either side. The optimal desk height for ergonomic cubicles is the same as an old-fashioned writing desk—approximately 28 to 30 inches. To keep the forearm and wrist straight, Cubicle World recommends an adjustable keyboard tray.

Cubicle World furnishes its office cubicles with inexpensive, ergonomic office chairs. These chairs are 8-hour rated and allow the user to adjust seat height, armrest height, and backrest tilt. Typically, for most employees, the optimal seat height is between 16 and 20 inches. For an exceptional ergonomic experience, we can also build “sit-stand” work surfaces into cubicle desks that allow workers to stand and stretch their legs while maintaining workflow.

Keep in mind, too, that Cubicle World’s free space planning services can help you determine the precise office cubicles sizes that you will need for all of your new hires. Our space planners work with your HR team, using the job description itself to guide the design of each new office cubicle. Call now, and ask for Jerry.

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