Office workstations, often referred to as cubicles, are standardized workplace fixtures that partition open office spaces into smaller rooms for one or several workers to focus on their specific work tasks. The cubicle was invented in 1968 as the ‘Action Office System’ by Robert Propst for Herman Miller with the idea to create a reconfigurable furniture system that could convert large building plans into individualized work compartments. Cubicles are designed to provide privacy, sound-proofing, isolation, and to decrease visual distractions while working. Cubicle workstations are often assumed to improve the efficiency of the workplace and the productivity of the worker.

Illustration of a Utility Task Cubicle | Workstation dimensioned and drawn with a seated employee
Utility Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 4’ | 122 cm
Width: 2’ | 61 cm
Area:
16 ft2 | 1.5 m2
Clearance: 2’-2.5’ | 61-76 cm
Uses: Call center, telemarketing

Utility workstations are the most efficient form of office cubicle with the most minimal office footprint. Typically arrayed linearly into rows of workstations, the utility cubicle is often used in call centers and telemarketing workplaces where tasks do not require larger desk surfaces.
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Utility workstations are the most efficient form of office cubicle with the most minimal office footprint. Typically arrayed linearly into rows of workstations, the utility cubicle is often used in call centers and telemarketing workplaces where tasks do not require larger desk surfaces.
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Plan drawing of a Utility Task Workstation | Cubicle with dimensions and office employer for scale
Utility Task Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 6’ | 183 cm
Width: 4’ |122 cm
Area: 24 ft2 | 2.2 m2
Clearance: 2’-2.5’ | 61-76 cm
Uses: Private tasks, large work surface

Utility Task workstations are cubicles that offer increased privacy over a standard utility workstation while also providing more space and work surface. The Utility Task cubicle gives workers a more individualized zone to focus while still remaining open and connected to the larger office.
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Utility Task workstations are cubicles that offer increased privacy over a standard utility workstation while also providing more space and work surface. The Utility Task cubicle gives workers a more individualized zone to focus while still remaining open and connected to the larger office.
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Task Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 6’ | 183 cm
Width: 6’ | 183 cm
Area: 36 ft2 | 3.3 m2
Benefits: Spacious, square module, popular

Task workstations are cubicles that balance privacy and floor planning efficiency while offering a spacious amount of work surfaces—making it one of the most popular cubicles. Because of its square modular dimensions, the task cubicle is an easy footprint to use when laying out an office plan.
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Pair of dimensioned drawings showing two variations of Task Workstations
Task workstations are cubicles that balance privacy and floor planning efficiency while offering a spacious amount of work surfaces—making it one of the most popular cubicles. Because of its square modular dimensions, the task cubicle is an easy footprint to use when laying out an office plan.
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Administrative Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 8’ | 244 cm
Width: 6’ | 183 cm
Area: 48 ft2 | 4.5 m2
Benefits: Increased storage, privacy, visitors

Administrative cubicles are upgraded office workstations sized to handle the day-to-day demands of workers requiring additional privacy, storage, and potential space to host casual exchanges. Administrative workstations are standard for mid-level employees juggling workloads beyond task-based work.
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Drawing of Administrative Office Workstation | Cubicle designs with angled and square variations
Administrative cubicles are upgraded office workstations sized to handle the day-to-day demands of workers requiring additional privacy, storage, and potential space to host casual exchanges. Administrative workstations are standard for mid-level employees juggling workloads beyond task-based work.
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Plan drawing illustrating the dimensions of a standard L-Shaped Management Workstation | Cubicle with a sitting office worker
L-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 8’ | 244 cm
Width: 8’ | 244 cm
Area: 64 ft2 | 5.9 m2
Benefits: Private room, square module

L-Shape management workstations are cubicles that have evolved into efficient private rooms for managerial employees that need increased privacy and independence for their tasks. The L-Shape desk plan is straightforward, spacious, and easy to arrange within the overall office plan.
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L-Shape management workstations are cubicles that have evolved into efficient private rooms for managerial employees that need increased privacy and independence for their tasks. The L-Shape desk plan is straightforward, spacious, and easy to arrange within the overall office plan.
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Drawing of a U-Shaped Management Workstation | Cubicle with dimensions and employee in office chair
U-Shape Management Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 8’ | 244 cm
Width: 8’ | 244 cm
Area: 64 ft2 | 5.9 m2
Benefits: Private room, increased storage, square module

U-Shape management cubicles are private room workstations for managerial employees with increased work surfaces and storage. The U-Shape cubicle plan trades mobility and flexibility for additional desk space.
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U-Shape management cubicles are private room workstations for managerial employees with increased work surfaces and storage. The U-Shape cubicle plan trades mobility and flexibility for additional desk space.
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Plan drawing with dimensions showing the dimensions and operation of a Management Workstation | Cubicle
Management Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 12’ | 366 cm
Width: 8’ | 244 cm
Area: 96 ft2 | 8.9 m2
Benefits: Private room, guest furniture

Management workstations are generous private cubicles that have grown to include additional space for hosting guests and teammates. Functioning similar to a traditional private office, management cubicles balance workplace efficiency while providing an area for private team meetings.
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Management workstations are generous private cubicles that have grown to include additional space for hosting guests and teammates. Functioning similar to a traditional private office, management cubicles balance workplace efficiency while providing an area for private team meetings.
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Plan drawing of an Executive Workstation | Cubicle with dimensions
Executive Workstation | Cubicle

Length: 12’ | 366 cm
Width: 10’ | 305 cm
Area: 120 ft2 | 11.1 m2
Benefits: Private room, spacious team furniture

Executive cubicles are the largest form of workstation and provide areas for hosting small teams and groups of workers. Perfect for upper-level workers that need flexible and convenient meeting spaces, the executive workstation is spacious, private, and useful for all types of work and storage.
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Executive cubicles are the largest form of workstation and provide areas for hosting small teams and groups of workers. Perfect for upper-level workers that need flexible and convenient meeting spaces, the executive workstation is spacious, private, and useful for all types of work and storage.
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