Published: July 20, 2024

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Do I need Partitions in my office?

Image of cubicle walls and partitions.

Whether you need partitions (cubicles, cubicle panels, tall panel walls) in your office depends on various factors such as the layout of your office space, the nature of work being done, privacy requirements, collaboration needs, and aesthetic preferences.

Here are some considerations to help you decide:


Partitions provide a degree of separation and privacy when employees require privacy for focused work or confidential discussions. Cubicles or individual offices with partitions can offer employees a space where they can concentrate without distractions.

Collaboration vs. Focus Work

Consider the balance between collaboration and individual focus work in your office. Open-plan layouts promote collaboration and communication, while partitions, be they cubicles with panels or tall panel walls, can create quiet areas for concentration. You may opt for a combination of open spaces and partitioned areas based on your team’s needs.

Noise and Visual Distraction Management

Panel systems create quieter areas when noise levels are a concern in your office due to conversations, phone calls, or equipment noise. Strategically placed privacy panels at the right height give a visual cue that you are entering a “heads down” or quiet work area. Most modern panel systems do not offer a substantial acoustical benefit, but some improvement can be noticed when taller fabric panels are used. Panel systems are excellent at reducing movement and visual distraction, which can be just as disruptive as noise.


Panel systems offer flexibility in office design. They can be rearranged or reconfigured as needed to accommodate changes in team size, departmental structure, or work requirements. Modular partition systems are particularly useful for creating flexible office layouts.


Cubicles and Partitions contribute to the aesthetic appeal of your office space. They come in various materials, colors, and designs, allowing you to customize the look and feel of your workspace to align with your brand identity or corporate culture.

Cost Considerations

Evaluate the cost implications of installing partitions in your office. While partitions can enhance privacy and functionality, they also involve upfront costs for purchase, installation, and maintenance. Consider your budget and weigh the benefits against the expenses.

Should you consider partitions in your office?

Ultimately, the decision to incorporate a panel system (cubicles or tall panel walls) into your office space should be based on the specific needs and preferences of your organization, taking into account factors such as privacy requirements, collaboration dynamics, noise management, flexibility, aesthetics, and budget constraints.


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Reena Ambler

Reena is in OFR's Madison location and enjoys helping businesses create spaces that fit their needs, budgets, and sustainability goals.

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