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Advantages & Disadvantages of Partition Walls

Updated April 17, 2017

Partition walls have many uses in the office, home or in schools. They create privacy and personal work spaces. They can divide classrooms or groups of children in school settings. They also can divide rooms in a home.

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Office Space

Partition walls are often used in an office setting that is completely open throughout. They can be used to make cubicles and personalised office spaces for each employee. With the flexibility of the walls, you can be entirely closed in or partially closed in, depending on preference and need. An advantage for the employers is that the walls keep the employee confined to their work space. With that said, this also poses the disadvantage to the employee who feels pressured to stay in that enclosed space.


Partition walls can separate two siblings in a bedroom or section off a particular area for different uses. If one of your bedrooms doubles as an office, a partition wall can be placed between areas, so there is a barrier between work and rest.


Partitions walls have advantages and disadvantages in school settings. These walls can separate groups of children during different activities or may even be used to separate classrooms. Some partition walls aren't sturdy and can cause injury if children fall or bump into them. The partitions also could be accidentally pushed over.


Apartment landlords are facing building code violations with the addition of many partition walls in order to make more rooms. Many renters sign leases with these illegal walls already in place. Tenants also are facing privacy issues from the demolition of these walls that city officials say are a fire hazard. The reason apartment owners like to use portable partition walls is that they can be taken down or moved around without cosmetic damage to the rental unit.

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About the Author

Kelly Masi, born and raised in upstate N.Y., has been writing professionally since 2009. She has been writing for various instructional websites since November 2010 and has also written for the website CafeMom. She received her associate degree in early childhood education from Fulton Montgomery Community College.

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