What Type of Material to Use When Covering My Cubicle Walls

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What Type of Material to Use When Covering My Cubicle Walls
Always consider office standards before decorating your cubicle. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of 8.7 hours at work---that's two hours more than we spend with our family, at the gym, cleaning and eating combined. With so much time spent at the office, it only makes sense to get comfortable in your cubicle. Bring in a house plant, personalise your desktop and decorate the walls to turn your cube into a productive work space that reflects your personality.


Paper is inexpensive, easy to handle and versatile, making it the perfect solution for a quick cubicle makeover. Use bright, midweight or heavy paper. Try hanging paper of alternating shades to create a checkerboard mosaic. Or cut paper into small squares and arrange into pixelated designs. Buy paper that is distinctive from the office supply or you might be asked to take down your decor as soon as it's up.


Wallpaper is a reinforced paper product that comes in large panels. You can find wallpaper in a variety of styles, textures and colours at any home-goods store. Consider measuring your cubicle walls and cutting paper at home to prevent making a mess at work. You can staple wallpaper in place with a normal stapler or staple gun. Be sure to apply a piece of duct tape to the back of the wallpaper where you will be stapling; this will reinforce the hole and prevent tearing.


Covering your cubicle walls with cloth makes it easy to keep your workspace dust free. Attach a single panel or several smaller pieces of cloth to your cubicle walls. Tack cloth in place with staples, push pins or a couple of upholstery nails. Use a light, neutral colour that will reflect light and make your office seem more open, such as beige, cream or tan.


Use old reports, cardboard boxes, crumpled paper, used envelopes, packaging and other found items to cover a section of your cubicle walls. This is a great way to reuse rubbish and flex your creative muscle. Paint objects a uniform colour to create a coherent look. Use recyclables to cover an ordinary cork board. Pieces of plastic bottles, metal caps and paper balls can be glued to push pins to add more flair.

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