A cubicle is a partially enclosed workspace created in an open-style office using an arrangement of partitions or room divider panels to provide individual employees with a semi-private work area. Cubicles are often arranged in a row, group, or cluster to maximize open floor space while reducing distractions for individual employees to optimize productivity.


Double Workstation/Unit: A double workstation cubicle or double unit cubicle is a two-person workspace arrangement with partition panels creating two partially enclosed workspaces with a dividing panel arranged to separate the two workspaces. The double workstation cubicle set is usually arranged side-by-side or back-to-back, and can be combined with additional cubicles and associated products to organize a larger open office floor space.

L-Workstation Cubicle: An L-workstation cubicle is an individual workstation that is partially enclosed by cubicle partition panels for privacy. The workstation desk surface is L-shaped, with the outer sides joined to the cubicle panels or with the longer side joined to the cubicle panels and the shorter “return” side extended into the cubicle to provide additional space for storage units or guest chairs. Alternative styles may have no privacy panels on the return side of the L-workstation, depending on design features.

Pod Workstation: A pod workstation generally describes a three-person cubicle configuration with three individual workstations assembled in a circular back-to-back manner with partition panels separating the three work surfaces for privacy and productivity support.

Quad Workstation: A quad workstation generally refers to a group of four workstation cubicles arranged in a two-by-two square-style configuration with privacy panels separating and partially enclosing each workstation for individual privacy.

Single-Pedestal Desk Cubicle: A single-pedestal desk cubicle is a one-person workstation with under-desk storage and/or filing pedestal, surrounded by partition panels on one or more sides for a private workspace. The pedestal may contain two file drawers or a three-drawer arrangement with a bottom file drawer and two upper storage drawers.

Single Workstation/Unit: A single workstation cubicle or single unit cubicle is a one-person workspace configuration that typically includes an integrated work desk and partition arrangement designed to give one employee a semi-private work area in an open or shared office. The single workstation cubicles can be linked for customized group, row, or cluster configurations to organize a larger open floor office area.

Straight Workstation Cubicle: A straight workstation cubicle refers to a standard rectangular work surface within a one-person cubicle arrangement, surrounded on one or more sides with partition panels for a partially enclosed workspace. The work surface may combine with the partition panels, featuring an integrated workstation frame, or it may contain separate workstation frame components depending on the design.

U-Workstation Cubicle: The U-workstation cubicle is a spacious work desk configuration with privacy panels on two or more sides of the work surface, and up to three connected work surface components forming a versatile U-shaped desk. Additional leg supports are typically found in U-workstation frame designs to ensure sturdy, long-lasting use.

3-Person Workstation/Unit: The 3-person workstation or 3-person unit cubicle is a multi-workspace arrangement with a system of partition panels used to partially enclose and separate three connected workspaces. The three individual workstation cubicles are usually equal in size and arranged in a row, with cubicles assembled side-by-side, separated by shared partition panels. Select cubicle designs may offer a back-to-back cluster-style configuration for three-person cubicle sets, forming a pod-like arrangement.

4-Person Workstation/Unit: A 4-person workstation cubicle or 4-person unit cubicle is a set of four individual workstation arrangements assembled in a cluster, group, or row configuration with privacy panels separating the workstations and providing moderate privacy. The workstation sections may be assembled side-by-side in a row or in a grouped formation with a two-by-two arrangement, with partitions separating the individual workspaces.


Adjustable Levelers: Adjustable levelers are components found at the base of many cubicle and workstation products, designed to increase or decrease height at a given location to reduce wobbling when the cubicle workstation is placed on uneven floors. Adjustable levelers are typically placed at the corners of a workstation frame, or where the feet or casters would usually be placed.

Cable Runway: A cable runway is a built-in channel or space found within select cubicle products, designed to allow power cords, cables, and technology wires to run through the furniture products for a neater presentation and more professional setup.

Desk Return: A desk return is a desk extension, usually designed smaller than the overall rectangular desk surface and joined to the left or right side of the main desk surface to form an L-shaped configuration for increased workspace. The return may have a full base, post-style leg support, or feature built-in storage and organizing such as a two-drawer or three-drawer pedestal, depending on the design.

Hinged Base Rail: The hinged base rail is a design feature found in select partition panels and cubicle collections that provide integrated wire management with a concealed wire channel in the base of the panels. The hinged base rail houses wires, cables, and power cords for a more organized and professional setup.

Keyboard Tray: A keyboard tray is a workstation enhancement, usually installed on drawer-style glides and attached underneath the work surface for out-of-the-way storage of the computer keyboard. The gliding supports of the keyboard tray accommodate fast access to the keyboard when needed, while keeping the work surface clear.

Reception Shelf: A reception shelf is an attachment used to transform a cubicle workstation into a complete reception station. The panel-like shelf is attached to the cubicle partition panels, usually on panels that are slightly shorter than the surrounding privacy panels in order to set the reception shelf at a convenient countertop-height.

Removable Leg Panels/Snap-Off Panel Inserts: Removable leg panels or snap-off panels refer to cubicle partition panels with removable or snap-on/snap-off panel inserts that reveal an integrated wire management space for running technology wires, cables, and power cords in a concealed manner.

Single-Door Armoire: A single-door armoire is a personal storage cabinet with one hinged door, usually designed tall to match the height of the cubicle partition panels. The single-door armoire provides personal storage space in select office cubicle layouts, and features a matching style with finish options to suit the coordinating cubicle workspace components.

Swing-Door Hutch: A swing-door hutch is an upper storage compartment built into select cubicle units with a flip-up door that offers access to the stored contents and conceals contents when closed. The swing-door hutch is typically attached to the cubicle frame with the surrounding panels closing the space between the base of the hutch and the top of the work surface.

Construction Materials

Aluminum Trim/Caps: Aluminum trim and aluminum caps refer to the, typically lightweight, aluminum metal frame components of select cubicle panels. Aluminum trim generally refers to trim surrounding privacy panels or partitions, while aluminum caps generally refers to the end-caps concealing the connecting components of partition panel frames.

Commercial-Grade Melamine Finish: Commercial-grade melamine finish is an extremely durable, laminate-style finish used to decorate and protect the surfaces of many furniture products. The melamine finish is applied under heat and pressure, producing a durable finish that is easy to clean and maintain.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Paint Finish: Environmentally friendly powder-coat paint finish is a green finish option used to decorate a variety of cubicle products, usually used over steel components to help protect from exposure and use. The finish is applied as a powdered paint then cured to form a durable, hard, protective layer.

Extruded Aluminum: Extruded aluminum is aluminum metal that has been forced through a custom-made die to form aluminum tubing with a distinctive cross-section, designed to reinforce the tubing while forming the tubing out of a single piece of aluminum metal.

Finished Corner Connectors: Finished corner connectors are connecting elements used on select cubicle arrangements to conceal the connecting portions of end panels and creating a finished overall look.

Frosted Acrylic Top: A frosted acrylic top generally refers to a frosted-style window insert that is positioned at the top of a split-frame cubicle panel for decorative effect. The acrylic plastic is designed to resemble frosted glass, allowing light to show through the insert but reducing visibility for a continued sense of privacy.

Full-Extension Drawer Glides: Full-extension drawer glides are metal supports used to install a storage or file drawer within a desk, pedestal, or other storage unit. The drawer glides mount to the sides of the drawer and the corresponding sides of the drawer compartment to provide lasting support. The design allows the drawer to open fully, providing complete access to the interior while the drawer remains safely supported by the glides.

High-Pressure Laminate Finish: High-pressure laminate finish is a durable work surface and panel finish option, available in a wide selection of colors and styles. The finish is applied using heat and pressure, with a multi-layer application process that finishes with a durable, easy to clean, surface designed to resist scratches, stains, and heat associated with typical use.

Laminate Privacy Panel: A laminate privacy panel is a cubicle partition panel with panel inserts finished in laminate. The laminate finish comes in a choice of colors to accommodate different design preferences, and the laminate pay comprise the entire panel or half of a panel design, depending on the product collection.

PVC Edge: PVC edge is a customized band or PVC plastic that is applied to the edges of core panels comprising the partitions, work surface, or other components of a cubicle workstation. The PVC plastic edging reduces damage from impact and regular use while concealing raw edges to protect the surface finish and users.

Steel Tube Frame: Steel tube frame refers to the frame design of select cubicle collections, constructed with hollow steel tubing and finished in a choice of paint colors for lasting appearance and protection from regular exposure and use. The steel tube frame is strong and durable, offering exceptional quality and support to the overall cubicle structure.

Straight Connectors Included with Each Panel: Cubicle products listed as having straight connectors included with each panel come with connecting devices for each partition panel in the set, accommodating immediate setup and use.

Tackable Fabric Panels: Tackable fabric panels are cubicle partition panels that feature fabric covering on the primary surfaces, with an underlying tackable surface. The fabric covers the tackable surface and provides an appealing backdrop for memos and other displays, usually attached to the tackable fabric panels with pushpins, staples, or tacks.

Textured Vinyl: Textured vinyl refers to vinyl covering on select cubicle panels, with a textured pattern over the vinyl surface to resemble woven fabric. The textured vinyl is available in a choice of colors to customize the finished design, and it is often used on tackable panels to reduce the appearance of pinholes from the use of pushpins, staples, and tacks.

Translucent Polycarbonate Section: A translucent polycarbonate section describes a frosted-style window insert found at the tops of select cubicle panels. The polycarbonate plastic panel resembles frosted glass, allowing natural light to shine through but obstructing view for privacy.

Vinyl Base Covering: The vinyl base covering is a protective enhancement used to cover the hinged base rails of select cubicle partition panels. The hinged base rails accommodate integrated wire management, and the vinyl base covering protects the base from impact and everyday use.

Vinyl Edge: Vinyl edging is an impact-resistant finish feature used to conceal raw edges of core panels, protect from everyday bumps and impact, and provide a comfortable look and feel for users of the workstation, desk, or cubicle. The vinyl edge is constructed using a custom-sized band of vinyl, in a standard color or choice of colors, and bonded or secured to the edges of panels or work surfaces, concealing the seams where the core panel meets the laminate or other finish.


All Hardware Included: Cubicle products that specify all hardware is included come with all necessary hardware components to setup the cubicle(s) for immediate use. Included hardware generally consists of the necessary bolts, screws, and washers, as well as the necessary connecting devices for the partition panels.

ANSI/BIFMA: Cubicles and workstations described as meeting ANSI/BIFMA standards have been verified within design quality and safety standards set by the American National Standards Institute and the Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association.

Desktop Grommets: Desktop grommets are strategically placed grommet holes found in the work surface of many cubicle collections, allowing power cords, computer cables, and other technology wires to pass through the desktop surface for neater setup and use.

End-to-End Panel Grommets: End-to-end panel grommets are strategically positioned holes found in the end panels of a cubicle or workstation grouping, positioned to accommodate cables and wires for a linked or networked technology arrangement that maintains a neat, presentable appearance.

Green Features: Green features describe a variety of design, construction, and finish features that meet environmentally friendly standards for a more Earth-friendly or healthier design. The use of recycled materials, the creation of a recyclable product, or the use of eco-friendly finishes and paints can all contribute to a product’s green features.

Modular Configuration: Modular configuration indicates the cubicle collection offers a range of options to customize the assembled cubicles and/or combine cubicles for a complete office layout that suits individual office needs.

Panel Grommets: Panel grommets refer to grommet holes placed in partition panels surrounding or separating cubicles, allowing technology cables and power cords to run through the solid panels for a more organized, technology-focused arrangement.

Top Caps Included: Cubicle products that specify “top caps included” come with concealing caps to place over the openings in the frames of privacy panels where the frame can connect to other panels or products. The top caps are designed to enhance the completed look of the cubicle workstation once assembled.

Window Top Panel/Partial-View Section: Window top panel or partial-view section refers to a clear panel insert found at the top of select cubicle partition panels, with a split-style frame to accommodate the style. The lower portions of the panels are finished with fabric or other panel finish, depending on the design. The top provides a window-style configuration that allows natural light and visibility while maintaining the cubicle panel height.

Wire Management: Wire management refers to a number of integrated design features that accommodate modern technology such as grommet holes and cable channels or runways that allow wires to pass through cubicle components, or concealed wire compartments for a neater setup and professional workspace presentation.

100% Polyester Fabric: Fabric-covered cubicle partition panels often feature 100% polyester fabric to ensure a lasting appearance as well as provide added benefits from polyester fabric’s intrinsic flame-retardant properties.