Turning a large open space into an office that fosters productivity can be a tall order. How do you know how many cubicles can fit into the space? Are cubicles what you really want, or should you incorporate an open concept design into the office instead? 

To get started, consider the different types of panels and dividers available.


Cubicles are made of a collection of panels configured together to create employee workstations. Due to the modular design of most panel systems, cubicles can usually be made as small or large as needed, making them highly versatile but difficult for the untrained eye to design. 

Panel Systems

Panel systems are the parts that form cubicle walls. Available in a huge assortment of sizes and materials, panel systems are designed to suit the specific needs of all kinds of offices. Before you buy, consider the size of the space you're outfitting, the number of employees you need to accommodate, the style or color you're looking for, and your budget constrictions.

Room Dividers and Partitions

Room dividers and partitions are freestanding panels meant to act as a visual barrier or light sound barrier between workstations, meeting spaces, and breakroom areas. Panels such as decorative shoji dividers are often used to break up visual space in a waiting room. Other options provide a light sound barrier in addition to the visual divider. Accordion-style dividers allow for a wider variety of configurations so that you can get just the right amount of division between workstations or common areas. Room dividers are an excellent solution for offices looking to divide up a space without building walls.


A benching system is an open concept workstation often shared by 2 or more employees. Benching systems may be equipped with small desktop dividers, which are typically collection-specific, but most have a minimal profile and provide a smaller overall workspace than cubicles do.

Team Desking

Similar to benching, team desks are open concept workstations where multiple employees sit within a single podlike structure to facilitate great collaboration in a team setting. Team desking may or may not include small desktop dividers between stations to provide a small amount of privacy.



Call Center Desking

Call center desking is similar to team desking in that it incorporates many workstations into a small space but differs in the level of privacy offered. While team desking is designed to break down walls and foster collaboration between employees sitting together, call center desks are usually situated in a straight line and provide taller desktop privacy screens to allow employees to get the quiet they need when speaking with customers on the phone.

Need More Help?

Whatever your workspace design needs, NBF offers complimentary space planning services to help you determine what type of panel and desking system to add to your office. 



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