How to Disassemble an Office Cubicle


It's difficult to get inspired staring at the walls of a dull gray or brown cubicle, and you don't have to. If you're in charge of the workplace, disassembling cubicles nets you a free-flowing office space where collaboration, inspiration and teamwork happen fluidly. Taking apart one cubicle won't take more than a couple hours, depending on whether you've got the manual to guide you. Leave yourself quite a bit more time if you've got a whole office floor to handle.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Locate the instruction manual for your office cubicle and read over it, paying attention to the diagrams that show you how the cube was assembled, panel by panel. If you can't find your manual, you can still take apart the cubicle but will have to do more guesswork.

  • Gather all tools necessary, per your manual. Typical cubicle assembly and disassembly tools include Phillips head screwdrivers, flat-head screwdrivers and Allen wrenches. You may need one to two sizes of each, depending on your cube. Again, if the manual does not specify, make your best guess.

  • Move everything in the cubicle out of the way. Any file cabinet, computer equipment, desk chair and other things that aren't bolted down can go.

  • Unscrew the desk and counter parts of your cubicle to break it down to just four walls. To do this, look for the screws holding the horizontal desk panels up. You might need to get on your hands and knees under the desk. Once you've identified the screws, unscrew them using the right tool -- flat-head, Phillips head or Allen wrench -- and set the screws aside.

  • Move the panels out of the cube as they come off, leaving you more room to work.

  • Find the screws holding the cubicle panels together by consulting your manual or by visually inspecting the cubicle. Some cubicle panels push together using rods, so if you don't see screws, yours uses a rod. Pull the panels out to move the rods, or unscrew panels that are bolted together. Work on disconnecting two panels at a time.

  • Move the free panel to the side. Continue working on the other sides of the cubicle, one by one, until you've totally disassembled it.

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