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Ideas To Decorate Your Office Cubicle

Updated on August 11, 2014

Does Your Cube Need Some Color?

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Creative Converting Printed Plastic Table Cover, 54 by 108-Inch, Fiesta Festive

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Have The BEST Cube On The Block!

Ever since the cubicle became the office standard, it's been obvious that cubicles need some decorating to personalize them. Celebrating holidays gives you even more reason to dress up that workspace! There's at least one special event per month to break out the crepe trimmings and throw up some lights.

If you're going to have to spend all day in a box, why not have the box that is the envy of the entire office?

Remember when you get started decorating your cubicle:

  1. Check the office etiquette and/or corporate culture so you don't lose your job over your cubicle decorations.
  2. Start small and don't do anything that prevents you from doing your work!
  3. Cheap is good, recycled or free is better.
  4. One bold visual element can be a lot more effective than lots of smaller ones.
  5. Blinking lights and noise-making need to be kept to a minimum!

So, having gotten those rules as a foundation, let's get your office space decorated!

Decorating Poll

Do you put up decorations around your desk at work for the various holidays?

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Cube Decorating

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A cube with a faux view can make all the differenceA workspace as tropical getawayCustomize your "wallpaper" with colored paper and/or a border designMinimalist executivismWorkspace as safe retreat
A cube with a faux view can make all the difference
A cube with a faux view can make all the difference
A workspace as tropical getaway
A workspace as tropical getaway
Customize your "wallpaper" with colored paper and/or a border design
Customize your "wallpaper" with colored paper and/or a border design
Minimalist executivism
Minimalist executivism
Workspace as safe retreat
Workspace as safe retreat

When To Decorate?

If you follow the calendar, your holidays can include some or all, or more than the following:

  • New Years - metallic and sparkle accents
  • Groundhog Day - get ready for early spring or for winter to continue. Time for that funky stuffed animal groundhog on your desk...
  • President's Day - go patriotic or historical
  • Valentine's Day - this mid-month holiday is great for two weeks of red and heart-themed decorations
  • Chinese New Year - beautiful lanterns and the animal of the year are how to approach this holiday
  • St Patrick's Day - green, green and more green! And don't forget a leprechaun or two.
  • Spring Equinox - time for some spring colors and a few flowers
  • Easter - eggs, bunnies and chocolate are good at this time of year
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Mother's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father's Day
  • Summer Solstice
  • 4th of July - time to break out the ol' red, white and blue.
  • Labor Day - a "gone fishin'" sign or some other indication of "on vacation"
  • Fall Equinox
  • Halloween - get cute and creepy or truly spooky, depending on what you like.
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hannukah
  • Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year is marked by celebrations that honor the sun. Try battery-operated candles and evergreen decorations.
  • Christmas

Are You Ready....?

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Party Hanging Swirls | Rainbow | Party Decor

A dozen different types of swirls means you can find just what you need for your cube.


For Surprise Events At The Office

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Cubicle Trains

The Minimalist Approach

Decorating Your Cubicle doesn't have to be complicated or expensive! In fact, limiting what you do will probably make it easier to actually get some work done and will most likely keep you from annoying the heck out of your co-workers

The Holiday Zone - pick a defined area somewhere on one of the walls of your cubicle. Designate this area "the holiday zone." This is where any holiday decorating will go. You can pin up cards in this area, or other pictures to highlight the appropriate holiday vibes.

Lights - Pick a favorite horizontal or vertical line and highlight it with a slim string of lights in a seasonally-corresponding color. At the simplest end of things, you can do red from December through February, green in March and April, pink in May and June, blue in July and August, and orange for September through November.

The Top Wall Edge - just decorate all along the top edge of your cube walls. Garlands, lights, bunting, streamers and even some plants are just the thing for embellishing the perimeter of a cubicle.

Collectibles - filing cabinets and fabric cubicle walls lend themselves to a few collectibles perfect for offices: magnets and pinback buttons. This is great for people who love quotes and who love to collect! With magnets, you are limited by your cabinet space. For buttons, all your spare cube wall space will do.

A Multi-tasking Office Minion

Cubicle Decoration

Dress Up Your Door - these can work on the inside or outside of office doors

Decorating Tips and Tricks

  • When To Decorate: Changing the look of your cubicle a week or two ahead of the special day is a good timeframe. It's best to come in early one day, stay late one evening or work during a lunch break for decorating your workspace.
  • If there's one color that you can use over and over for decorations, it's RED! You can use and reuse red for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo and the 4th of July.
  • In the Spring, good flower designs can go up for Easter and stay up through Memorial Day.
  • In Autumn, things like leaf shapes and fall colors will span across Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • Don't be too distracting! Make sure whatever you do for decorations does not upset the office function so much that work isn't getting done. Be careful of things that blink too brightly or rapidly, or things that make noise. Those tend to make bosses and co-workers unhappy.
  • If you include photos of yourself, the best rule to remember is "if you wouldn't wear that outfit to the office, don't post it on your wall." Same goes for calendars. This avoids politically-correct issues with co-workers and the HR department.

Share Your Cubicle Decorating Tips and Tricks!

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    • oldiesmusic profile image


      5 years ago from United States

      A fake window! That is definitely a conversation starter during office breaks. Really fascinating ideas you've got there. I rarely decorate my cubicle except for a little Christmas tree. Thanks for your great tips tho, might use some of them. :)

    • CanvasArtShop profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't have a cubicle so I can decorate it, that's the only reason I want one though!

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      How often people go to their cubicles and only think about the next job or project to work on. How nice to have a comfy and warm space to create new ideas. Thanks for sharing this and all the great information. Voted up and shared.

    • jenniferg78 profile image


      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      This makes me want a cubical!! I am working in an "open space" office- no walls anywhere. I can barely fit a frame on my desk :(

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      6 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

      Decorating your office is like decorating your own place as well. It must suited to your own personality. These ideas of decorating an office are very light and more personal. Someone will surely feel relax and welcomed. Good choice!

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      Wendy Finn 

      6 years ago from UK

      Always a challenge this one. I like the idea of changing it according to the holiday/ celebration. Cool post.

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      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Very interesting ways to decorate a work place. Thanks for sharing.

    • RedSturtz profile image


      7 years ago from A land far far away....

      Great ideas here!

      Reminds me of the episode of NCIS when Gibbs was away and Abby decorated his office with a picture of the beach. =)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      These are wonderful I am so inspired!

    • LuxeIndoors profile image


      7 years ago from Camas, WA

      Love this hub! Very HELPFUL! :)

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      Tiago Marcelo 

      7 years ago

      Creative hub!

    • thomashumphries profile image


      7 years ago

      When you are decorating your cubicle, keep it tasteful and be conscious of how it will affect those around you, but do make it your own. Your mood will rise and your productivity will grow with it, making your work day something to look forward to, at last.

    • crismegirot profile image


      7 years ago

      i can't help but save the photos! :-)

      I'd surely try my own idea for making my home based workstation look more like a pro from these photos...

      i soooooooooo love it that i found this hub! :D

      (big smiles)

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      8 years ago

      I like the ideas you have. Wonderful.

    • StarryNightsDiva profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Hill, CT

      Thank you sooo much for this hub. I'm always looking to do something with my cube!

    • NaomiR profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      Love these ideas! A lot of these would work for a small office space, too. Now I'm thinking of turning mine into a tropical retreat.

    • relica profile image


      8 years ago from California

      You have some really fun ideas listed here. It really is nice to be able to make your space your own. I think people are much more productive in a customized cube than in a sterile, gray environment. Great hub!

    • aleida_77 profile image


      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Decking out your cubicle for Easter with grass, bunny, eggs and the whole nine yards makes coming to work so much more enjoyable!!! Thanks for the interesting hub.

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      Maria Harris 

      8 years ago from Houston

      Decorating your cube at work can be a lot of fun, and by personalizing your work space, it makes the day more pleasant. Beautiful hub.

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      8 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

      Oh how I wish my boss would actually let me do this. He's so minimalist. But what a great idea. A girl can dream anyway...

    • relica profile image


      8 years ago from California

      I love the idea of adding a window with a view to your cube! Great hub.

    • Leenie Pooh profile image

      Leenie Pooh 

      8 years ago

      Wow! This has to be the definitive Hub on decorating your cubicle. I think you've covered every base and aspect there is to decorating an office cubicle. Most of these ideas would be good for rental apartments also where you don't want to change anything permanently.

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      Fine Art Photo 

      8 years ago from Boulder County, Colorado

      Great Hub... love your tips and ideas. I am all for making your space your own. Things that make you happy... speaking of... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • mega1 profile image


      9 years ago

      I had an idea I would make a coffee-table style book on office cubicles because I have seen some real doozies - from the Burger King toys displays to Snoopy themes - people really do it up! I probably won't ever do it and I see now there are some great how-tos on cubicle decor - but someone should do that book - Thanks for this hub its wonderful!

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      Marie Ryan 

      9 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hi I joined Hubpages just 3 weeks ago and this is my first comment! Very interesting article and beautifully presented. You are obviously very creative.

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      Chad Young 

      9 years ago from Corona, CA

      WOW! the one with the vitamine water cubicle looks like he drank to much. The train is just over the top, but it is very cool. Great hub!

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      9 years ago

      wow, very informative.

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      9 years ago from Tampa Bay

      great hub ~ although I don't work in a cubicle, it gives me great ideas for my home work space, also I'm viewing your hubs for learning since I'm still relatively new on hubpages.

      I love how you have this laid out~

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      9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Oooh, Angie, a new year and a new cubicle! I'd have to hang up some new art if it was me in that situation...

    • Angie497 profile image


      9 years ago

      Great tips, and just in time - we're all moving to new cubicles on Monday!

    • Robin Marie profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Excellent idea! If you gotta work, you might as well enjoy your surroundings!

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      9 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Great tips! I didn't do anything extravagant for christmas, just a few of the christmas cards I received and a bit of garland around my monitor, but I plan on painting some flower stuff to sell online and will probably decorate my cubicle with that for springtime. :)


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