How to Install Office Partitions

Partitions can increase office productivity.
Partitions can increase office productivity. (Image: Empty Office Cubical image by TekinT from

Partitions are commonly used to create divisions between working areas in an office to help reduce distractions. This can increase the productivity and efficiency of office workers and as such is a frequently used way to organize workspace. The two main partition types are semi-permanent (which are large, heavy and cumbersome to move) and free-standing (which are not attached to floors or ceilings and can be moved easily). You can buy them from an office-supply store or make them yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • 2 sheets of plywood
  • 5 strips of wood
  • Tape measure

Measure the space where you want the partition. Cut five strips of wood to the height you want the partition. Use four of these to create a square frame and attach the fifth horizontally across the frame to add strength to the partition. Fasten with screws.

Sandwich this frame between your two sheets of plywood, making sure the edges line up. Fasten one side at a time using screws.

Finish the partition by sanding down any rough edges and, if desired, covering in felt or other material.

Make as many partitions in this fashion as you need.

When you have all your partitions constructed fix them in place on the floor, to the wall or another partition and to the ceiling (if partitions are tall enough). Space screws roughly a foot apart to ensure they are secured safely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Partitions can do more than divide space. Use a set of shelves or a bookcase to create a division then cover the back with an attractive material or a useful tool like a whiteboard or pin board.
  • If your office is going for a less formal approach, consider something a bit different like using colorful curtains or simple hanging dividers made from net or even paper clips. You could also stack unwanted items--such as books or old computers--to create unusual partitions.

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