The Advantages of an Open Plan & an Enclosed Office

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There are advantages to both an open-air office environment and enclosed office spaces, depending on the type of office and work performed.

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Office Space

The open plan office will require less space if using cubicles. The enclosed office will use a little more room, but the space inside could be used for filing cabinets and other office supplies that won't fit in cubicles.


When using an open plan office, employees can talk between each other without leaving a cubicle. The enclosed office encourages a more quiet environment that may be needed to conduct business.

Heating and Cooling

The cost of cooling and heating one large room is less than air conditioning individual rooms, but the enclosed office allows for individual preferences.

Conducting Business

Certain types of business can be conducted more easily in an open plan office, as everyone can be involved without needing separate rooms. The enclosed office allows business to be conducted in private.


The open plan requires only certain furnishings, such as a desk, filing cabinet and chair. The enclosed office plan uses furniture to make the room feel comfortable for conducting business.

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