Instructions for Disassembling Office Cubicles

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Instructions for Disassembling Office Cubicles
The ease of dissembling a cubicle is part of its appeal to employers. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Office cubicles are popular with employers as they give employees a sense of privacy while allowing them to remain part of the collective workspace. They are also easily rearranged and you may find yourself needing to disassemble a cubicle to make room for office equipment or to remove it to a new facility. Either way, you will find a cubicle easy to disassemble and the tools required to do so readily available.

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Things you need

  • Small rubber mallet
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Step stool

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  1. 1

    Start by removing all office equipment. You will need a free and clear space in which to take apart your cubicle.

  2. 2

    Start by disassembling the desk area. Look underneath to see if the desk is the central structure holding the walls of the cubicle together. Generally, cubicles are constructed where the desk and its supports hold the cubicle in place.

  3. 3

    Place a step stool under the desk area or grab a chair that is the same height to support the desk as its supports are being removed. Undo the latches that are at the rear corners of the desk. If they do not come readily free, employ the mallet and tap them a bit until they are loose enough to come away from their moorings.

  4. 4

    Once the latches are free, push the desk surface up and away from the wall. Have a friend ready to lift the desk's surface away if you are working from underneath.

  5. 5

    Loosen the attachments for any cubical storage devices as well. Remove from the area and you will be left with just the cubicle walls.

  6. 6

    Study the cubicle walls to see what sort of attachment fastenings were used to put it in place. You may find screw-in brackets, which will require you to use a screwdriver to take apart. Some cubicles require you to simply lift up on each individual piece for them to be free as they have drop-down brackets which fit snug.

Tips and warnings

  • You may find that your cubicle walls are attached with a sliding rod that runs in between the adjoining cubicle walls. If this is the case, simply remove the attached hardware at the end of the rod, slide it free and remove the walls one by one.

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