Panel Extenders vs Office Wall Buildout
There are some very solid financial and practical reasons to consider cubicle panel extenders instead of investing in drywall to create actual walled in office space.
Opting for a cubicle office could mean a significant savings even in offices where cubicle walls are extended as high as shoulder height or head height – even though the upfront cost of the panels might be more than dry-walling, you have several benefits that will make themselves known over time.
- The IRS considers cubicle panels and wall extenders to be furniture which can be depreciated at a much faster rate than an actual office build.
- You automatically have a “movable” office that can be reconfigured as needed, and even shifted to an entirely new location if you end up needing more space – eliminating the need for a full remodel every time you relocate.
- They can be readily outfitted with options for easy electrical and internet cabling, something that is much more complex with drywall installation.
- They can be quickly removed if needed to provide a more open area for a group or team effort, and refitted when needed so key workers have a quiet, private area to complete serious tasks.
- Even with cubicles that have panel extenders nearly to the ceiling, there isn’t the completely closed in feeling you get with a traditional drywall office.
Don’t be scared of trying out a cubicle office. With a wide range of used and refurbished cubicle units on the market, it’s simple and cost effective to outfit a new office with cubicles to see if they work well before investing in the costly endeavor of a complete walling in of offices, and also lets you have some time to ensure that your location was the perfect fit before expending funds in customization.
Research the different cubicle heights and sizes available, and find out if your new office space might benefit from the flexible solution that various options and panel extenders supply – from ease of communication to privacy when needed. It’s a simple, efficient way to organize your available space without committing to a “forever” layout.