Dog Bone Open Plan Cubicles (Workstations)

A Flexible Configuration that Encourages Employee Collaboration.

Cubicles What You Need to Know

Trends in office furniture styles and layout have changed radically in the last ten years. Cubicles with high walls that gave employees quiet and privacy have gone out the window in favor of the "Open Plan Office" which encourages collaboration between employees.


The real fun comes in when multiple dogbone workstations are installed in an office. Your office space can be filled with beautiful organic dog bone collaborative workstations, allowing people to easily work with two to four nearby co-workers in their dog bone, as well as roll over to talk to people in nearby dogbones! 

As you can see in the photos, there are decisions to be made when selecting dog bone collaborative cubicles.

1. What height divider panels do you want? When dog bone open plan cubicles are designed using cubicle panels - like Herman Miller AO2 - you need to choose which divider height you want. Typical divider heights are heights are 32, 39, 47, 53, 62, 67, and 85 inches high but the most common heights used for dog bone cubicles are 39, 47 or 53 inches.

2. How much and what kind of storage do you need? 

a. There are pedestals that fit under the worksurfaces which can be stationary or mobile. These pedestals can have padding on them so they can serve as seat for visiting guests.

b. Overhead storage is convenient but reduces collaboration by blocking your line of vision with people behind the overhead.  However, if vocal privacy is helpful, this becomes an asset. 

3. What fabrics and finishes do you want for divider panel colors, worksurface colors and trim colors?


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This dog bone cubicle has glass in the low divider panels, enhancing peoples' ability to  communicate with people next to and across from them.

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 Dog bone collaborative desks vary in the exact dimensions and shape of the "boomerang", the design and height of the divider panels, and whether or not there is an additional meeting area at the ends of the pods for collaboration.  In this configuration, there is a semi-circle meeting area at the end of one of the pods only. 

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By using high cubicle panels and adding overhead storage, the amount of collaboration between people working on this dogbone workstation is less than in a dogbone with low dividers. Two people on each side can easily collaborate with each other but communication with people on the opposite side or at the ends is curtailed.

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This drawing shows an organic office layout, with connnected dog bone cubicles creating an overall collaborative, open-plan work environment.                           

 Dogbone open plan collaborative cubicle 6
 If you want to have a little dog bone fun, you can buy dogbone paper clips to match your dog bone collaborative cubicle.  YUM!