Fab Interior Designer Lora Coburn on How to Make a “Blah” Cubicle Feel More Like Home by Jessica Hodges
I think we can all agree that cubicle life is a far cry from glamorous, right? To be cooped up, trapped within the confines of two dull corners every Monday through Friday is kind of uninspiring (to say the least).
And there are too many of us spending too much time in these icky, boring cubicles. Assuming that you’re among the 60% of Americans stuck in a cubicle, working a solid 8.8 hour day, livening up your cubicle space is definitely a task worthy of your consideration.
Where to begin? I asked for the help of Interior Designer & Television Expert Lora Coburn to offer our Shoplet blog readers some tips on how to make a “blah” cubicle feel more like home. I think that Lora’s advice is really uplifting, mostly because she emphasizes the fact that you don’t have to ditch your sense of style and personality when working at the office. Your cubicle, like your room, is a reflection of your unique taste. After all, a cubicle is basically your home away from home. So, let’s make the best of our cubicles by adding some cheer! Lora’s here to get you started.
First: A lil bit about Ms. Lora Coburn:
Interior Designer & Television Design Expert Lora Coburn established CoCo Designs in 2008. Based in Portland, Ore., Coburn’s knack for artful aesthetics has provided exceptional design style for clients who want to stand out from the crowd in both their commercial and residential spaces. Lora can be seen on AM Northwest where she is the resident design expert, as well as The Oregonian and HGTV’s My First Place.
Without much further ado, Lora dishes 3 totally fab tips on how to make a cubicle feel more like home…
Being stuck in a dreary and lifeless sea of cubicles can make your daily work routine a real bummer. Usually with drab upholstery, fluorescent lighting and an uncomfortable chair, cubicles don’t exactly create an environment for quality and enjoyable productivity.
I realize that you can only do so much to alter the cubicle space (I don’t think the owner of your company would appreciate you painting the walls or resurfacing the workspace). Luckily, I am here to help with a few easy tips.
1. COVER THOSE UGLY WALLS
Hit your local fabric store and find a fabulous print or color to jazz things up a bit. If you have the cube walls with padding, you can just pin the fabric on. If you have metal walls, go for a heavy duty double-sided tape. You can also search around for a great wallpaper or even contact paper. Looking for something simpler? Add artwork, hanging vases or a fun corkboard. The key is to cover as much space as possible.
2. SPLASH ON SOME PERSONALITY
What makes you happy? What are your fondest memories? Your answers to these questions should be brought to your cubicle. You spend more time at work than you do waking hours at home. Your work area should be a place that you enjoy going to and reflects your personal style. Even if you hate the job. Add photos, decorative garland or your favorite tschotske. Have fun with this!
3. LIGHTING MAKES A SPACE
Lighting is one of the most often overlooked elements in design. It can change the whole look and feel of your space. Try adding a small lamp or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, install a hanging light fixture.
Do YOU have any tips or bits of advice on how to spruce up your cubicle?? We’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below :)