Size of an Office Cubicle Work Space

by Jane Meggitt; Updated September 26, 2017
high angle view of a businessman using a computer in an office

If you've worked in office cubicles over the years, you might think either you are getting larger or the cubicle is getting smaller. Odds are it's the latter. Since modern cubicles were first introduced into offices into the late 1960s, evolving workforce culture has steadily diminished their size. You're no longer working on the bulky computer monitor common in the 1990s. Your flat-screen computer and the variety of wireless devices don't need much space. By 2010, the average office worker’s space had gone from 90 square feet in 1994 to 75 square feet, Time magazine reports.

Standard Cubicle Size

If your company plans an office redesign, it's likely that new cubicles will measure 6 feet wide by 6 feet deep -- that's 36 square feet -- or maybe less -- perhaps only 5 feet by 5 feet, or a mere 25 square feet. Cubicles are generally sold in pods of six or more. While the smaller cubicle gives you less elbow room, it's better for the environment. Less space improves an office's carbon footprint. While the average office worker might have less room in which to work, that's not true at the executive level. Time magazine reports that executive work spaces have actually grown -- but these employees are probably not working in cubicles.

About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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