Most people don’t love working in cubicles, and it’s hard to blame them: cubes aren’t known for their comfort and elegance. Even the snazziest cubicles can’t compete with offices for privacy, or open work spaces for roominess and light. But as long as you’re stuck there, you might as well make the best of it, right? Here are five ways to turn your cube into a castle.
1. Express Yourself
Everyone has read those horrifying articles breaking down the percentage of your life spent at work, so we’ll spare you. Suffice to say, it’s a lot, and if you’re going to spend so many of your waking hours at work, you might as well do it in a space that speaks to the real you. Unless the real you is burlap walls and formica table tops, you’ll probably want to bring in a few mementos from home. Are you a sports fan? Bring in your team jersey. Love those terrifying Anne Geddes babies? It’s baby peapod-palooza at your place.
2. Spiff up Your Space
Companies supply their workers with a computer, a surface to rest it on, and a chair to sit in while typing. By and large, that’s it. If you want actual decor, especially in the current economy, you’ll probably have to supply it yourself. Fortunately, you can do a lot to spruce up your cube without spending a ton of money. This roundup of cubicle decorating tips offers suggestions like adding artwork or banners to your walls, or getting a nice rug to cover that industrial gray carpeting. (They suggest zebra stripe, but you don’t need to get that funky.)
3. Make Yourself Comfortable
There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable at work. And while you probably can’t convince your boss to let you work in your pajamas, you can do a few things to make your space more comfy. First and foremost, you’ll want to address any ergonomic issues in your workspace. Make sure your chair is adjustable, and allows you to sit upright with both feet on the floor, legs bent at a 90-degree angle. Keep your monitor at around eye level. And by all means, invest in a keyboard tray. Your wrists and elbows will thank you.
4. If a Tree Falls in a Cubicle…
…it would still look nicer than if there was never a tree (or plant) in your cubicle at all. That’s an extremely awkward way of saying: “Hey! Don’t you think your work space would look nicer with a few plants in it?” Well, it would.
5. Remember Why You’re Working
We’ve had coworkers who put up pictures of their beach house in their cubes. Others have photos of their babies. Whatever you’re working for, it never hurts to remind yourself. As a side note, we have never, ever seen a cubicle decorated with pictures of bills marked “paid,” but we imagine that would work, too.