Office Furniture Tips: Workstations vs. Cubicles


If you're looking to restructure your workplace, pick up a few tips for employee efficiency, or brush up on your knowledge of office furniture and design, you've come to the right place! Today we're taking a close look at the difference between workstations and cubicles.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Workstations and cubicles are, at the end of the day, fairly similar. They use a lot of the same office furniture and work to keep employees focused, comfortable, and efficient. However, there are a few important differences that set these two designs apart--and until you know the details, you won't be able to decide what's right for your workplace.

First, let's take a minute to define each word. A cubicle is a standard, box-like work area that separates employees and gives each person their own space. On the other hand, a workstation is often a large shared table where each employee has one seat or computer near everyone else.

Now that you know what we're working with let's compare the two by breaking them down into a few big categories!


Workstations don't just encourage teamwork; they are defined by it. Since employees share one large desk or area, they're much more likely to put their heads together on questions or tasks.

Cubicles aren't necessarily designed to limit teamwork, but they do encourage a more individualized work experience since employees are essentially separated from one another by high walls.


Cubicles are experts at reducing distractions. For high-intensity, high-focus workplaces or projects, this can be a real plus.

Workstations can be more distracting since employees have less privacy and are always aware of what's going on in other areas.


Cubicles are more efficient for employees who prefer a solitary work environment and get the most done in a quiet, focused setting.

Workstations are more efficient for workplaces where teamwork is the name of the game, and isolation would ruin projects, plans, and communication.

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