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Office partitions make efficient use of space

Office cubicles have become prominent and popular office implements over the past 50 years. Every day, millions of people work from cubicles in office buildings around the world.

Credit for inventing the modern-day cubicle is generally given to Robert Propst, a Colorado office designer, who created a prototype that he named "Action Office" in 1965. Today, some 70 percent of office work is performed in cubicle environments.

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Office Partitions and Cubicle Design

Today's office partitions are anything but uniform and bland, and office cubicle designs have been evolving over time. You'll find endless office cubicle designs to choose from, in a range of colors that includes everything from neutral beige to vibrant crimson. The most common office cubicle partition is covered with durable fabric, so that employees can use pins to post memos and notes.

Office cubicle heights are also wide-ranging; in some cases, they are low enough that workers still can see their neighbors' faces and talk to each other. Most provide each worker with a degree of privacy but not total isolation. Office cubicle design has evolved to enhance productivity while creating a comfortable yet orderly working environment.

The Uses of Cubicle Accessories

Cubicle accessories are designed to make the most of limited space by turning the office partitions into cantilevered systems. Cubicle accessories include pen and pencil holders, "in" and "out" paper trays, desks or computer stands, binder holders and even plant holders. These accessories allow you to personalize your workspace to make your working experience more ergonomic and enjoyable. A typical cubicle usually contains an ergonomically designed chair and a foot rest for the comfort of the worker. Once you settle in, you'll find your cubicle workspace is a comfortable environment that promotes excellent productivity.

Written by Michael Thompson