Turning a large open space into an office that fosters productivity can be a tall order to fill. 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? For all 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. To get started, consider the different types of panels and dividers available to you.

office cubicles


Cubicles are made up 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. Be sure to call NBF at (800) 558-1010 to take advantage of our free space planning services if you’re looking to add cubicles to your office.

office cubicles

Panel Systems

Panel systems are the parts that make up cubicles. Available in a huge assortment of sizes and materials, panel systems are designed to suit specific needs for offices of a wide range of needs. Before you buy, be sure to 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.

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Room Dividers & 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. Other types of panels such as decorative shoji dividers are often used to break up visual space in a waiting room. Other options such as the NBF Signature Series Division zip-up panels provide a light sound barrier as well as a visual one. Accordion style dividers such as those from Screenflex 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.

office benching


A benching system is an open concept workstation often shared by two 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.

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Team Desking

Similar to benching, team desks are open concept workstations wherein multiple employees sit within a single pod-like structure in order 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.

office team desking

Call Center Desking

Call center desking is similar to team desking in that it incorporates many workstations into a small space, but it 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 desk is usually situated in a straight line and provides taller desktop privacy screens to allow employees to get the quiet they need when speaking with customers over the phone.


Need help finding the right partition, cubicle or room divider for your office? Call our furniture experts today at (800) 558-1010 and we’ll be happy to help design your space with the best possible cubicles and partitions.




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