40 Cubicle Decor Ideas to Make Your Office Style Work as Hard as You Do

A wise person once said, “They can take the cubicle out of your home, but you don’t have to let them take your home out of the cubicle.” Okay, maybe no one ever really said that, but it’s true nonetheless. Of course, when you’re at work you’re focused on working. But there’s something about working in a beautiful, comfortable space that’s both refreshing and important.

Tips To Organize Your Office Space

There’s a few simple ideas that you can try in order to add a pleasant look and feel to your cubicle or to a small workspace in general. For instance, keep it clean and tidy. Put away anything that you’re not working on at the moment and make more space for what actually matters.

Get rid of unnecessary things

Get rid of unnecessary paperwork and store things like books and catalogs on a shelf or in a rack instead of letting them pile up on your desk. Better yet, it might be time to move everything online and to use cloud storage.

Small things don’t really start to become annoying until there’s a bunch of them piled up at which point they make your workspace look messy. Try to make a habit out of cleaning the space regularly and not letting things get out of hand. Maybe keeping a small trashcan nearby would make it more convenient.

To many accessories

It could also be possible to have too many accessories on your desk. It’s ok to keep a pen or two and some sticky notes on the desk but when you start having trouble fitting them all inside the organizer it means you should do some cleaning.

Less personal things

As a general rule, try not to clutter your cubicle with lots of personal items. It’s nice to add your own touch to the décor and to have a few items around that remind you of the loved ones but if they start getting in the way of your productivity that can become an issue. Moderation, as always, is the key to success.

Cubicle Decor Ideas To Get Started

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Why not bring a little of your décor style to your cubicle as well? It’ll also create a positive energy flow where creativity and productivity abound – that’s a win-win! Here are 40 great ideas for decorating your cubicle.

1. Add a lamp.

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It’s no surprise that lamps reign pretty supreme in the electrical-light ambiance factor. Just because your cubicle probably resides under the fluorescents doesn’t mean you have to, too. Even when the office overhead lights are on, you can turn on your cubicle lamp and feel an immediate change with its warmer lumens.

2. Designate a shelf for décor.

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If you have the space, it doesn’t hurt to forgo the massive binders and reference books for a softer, more aesthetic shelf resident. Wicker, paper, or crocheted balls, for example, add a refreshing curve appeal to a space that’s very angular by nature.

3. Paint an unexpected object.

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If you’ve got a few reference books that must be out on your desk at all times, it never hurts to create a charming frame for those books, right? Pick out some largish rocks and spray paint them gold for some wonderfully unique, colorful, and dare I say chic bookends? The easiest DIY ever, it’ll have a huge impact on your cubicle décor.{found on designlovefest}.

4. Bring in fresh flowers.

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While they won’t last forever, fresh blooms add instant beautification to a drab office cubicle. Make it a habit to change them out every week, like grab a fresh bunch every Monday on your way to the office. They not only look fresh and pretty, but they smell great and are a definite mood-lifter.{found on sugarandcloth}.

5. Throw in a throw pillow.

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Your sofa isn’t the only place that could use a throw pillow. Especially around 3 pm, when you’ve been sitting at your desk all day, a little extra back support or adjustment is never a bad thing! Plus, a throw pillow allows you to introduce some fun prints and patterns into an otherwise function-loaded space.

6. Choose a color scheme…and go nuts.

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Your cubicle bones are likely the neutral-est of the neutrals, which is as boring as can be if left alone but as perfect as can be if you want to incorporate your own décor color scheme into your cubicle. Which, of course, you do. Yellow, white, and grey add a cohesive, personality-filled vibe to this otherwise totally cookie cutter cubicle.

7. DIY yourself a desk calendar.

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This gorgeous watercolor calendar is a pretty quick DIY project, but the style benefits will last a long time. Using a small wooden box turned on its side, attach some brass hooks. Paint watercolor ombre on some cardstock tags, and use vinyl letters and numbers for the date. Not only will you keep on top of your appointments, but you’ll do so in a beautiful way.{found on annabode}.

8. Hang framed art.

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When you spend more time in your cubicle than you do in your home, you’re going to need some inspiring, pretty items to gaze upon throughout your day. Choose a variety of sizes of simple, contemporary frames, and fill them with artwork that you love. This not only hides those unsightly connector lines that many cubicles have, but it provides you a visual escape when you need it.{found on empirella}.

9. Incorporate colorful accessories.

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To keep your enthusiasm and energy levels up throughout the day, a boldly colorful accessory or two might be just the boost you need. Take this cobalt blue pen holder, for example. It’s a simple, modern piece that takes up very little desk space but provides a jolt of décor appeal…especially when paired with a red task lamp and natural bamboo stalks.

10. Use pegboard.

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Pegboard organization isn’t just for garage tools – it makes a fantastic cubicle decoration as well. And it’s as attractive as can be! As cubicles aren’t typically large-real-estate workspaces, anything that can double as décor AND a great use of vertical space is something to consider.

11. Hang some favorite photos.

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Of course, you could always pin your favorite photos to your cubicle wall, but where’s the joy (or the style) in that? Instead, hang a wire “clothesline” across the top of your workspace (but high enough that it doesn’t cover your computer monitor) and use clothespins to attach your photos. These are easy to change out when you want, or you can keep them around forever to make your cubicle a happy place.{found on homeyohmy}.

12. Choose a stylish tray to keep things organized.

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A tray is completely useful in helping to keep a desktop organized – there’s something about those boundaries that helps almost everyone contain (or clear!) the clutter. So be organized AND stylish at the same time by choosing a tray that is as pretty as it is useful.

13. Use everyday items as decoration.

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This idea combines form and function beautifully. Why waste precious cubicle drawer space on items that look inviting as “cubicle art”? Organize those markers and hang them from the wall, right next to the scissors and tape. Not only is this type of décor likely to induce creativity, but it also keeps everyday items within easy reach. (Now if only Bob in the cubicle next door would stop stealing your sharpies…)

14. Create eye-catching office supply storage.

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Pretty much anything on a pedestal is awesome, right? So let’s make your paper clips awesome by putting them up there, too! Gather a few pint-sized mason jars and dollar-store candlesticks, glue them together, and viola! Glammed up office supplies. Spray paint the jar lids for maximum color coordination, if that makes your heart happy.{found on aroundthekampfire}.

15. Bring in a chair with personality!

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If there’s a color that just brings you joy, or a sport, or a theme of some sort that really transports you into a happy place, find a chair that resembles that color or theme and bring it to work! Your cubicle will be instantly transformed, particularly because the office chair is a larger visual item than almost anything else.

16. Trim with washi tape.

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Washi tape has so many uses, but ultimately the goal with washi tape seems to be to make things look better and more personable. So it follows that its use would work excellently in your cubicle! Trim out your filing cabinet, or the top of your desk, or even around upper cubicle cupboards…anywhere, really, where a little color and pattern might give you a visual and mental boost.{found on myowntwistonthings}.

17. Hang a picture (or three) of your favorite people, places, or things.

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Having a poster or picture that’s easily visible, multiple times a day, relaxes the mind and bring greater satisfaction and happiness during the work day. Just like at home, when you hang artwork that you love, a cubicle definitely benefits from artistic and/or photographic inspiration.

18. Create your own mini geo planters.

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Succulents are excellent office plants, because they can adapt to low light and require little maintenance. They also are a perfect plant for displaying your mad DIY skills – namely, creating these fantastic geo planters. Because desktop space in a cubicle can come at a premium, these mini-sized pieces pack a lovely visual and “homey” punch without sacrificing work space.{found on lovepluscolor}.

19. Install organizing bins to your wall.

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This is an excellent use of vertical space, and it also makes your desk look chic and stay organized. If you aren’t allowed or able to attach bins directly to your cubicle walls, consider using these bins in the corner of your desk, where they can still be seen and accessed but aren’t in the way.

20. Hang wallpaper.

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Of course, it might not be *actual* wallpaper that you’re hanging. You could staple up wrapping paper, or pin up drapery or upholstery fabric to achieve the same look. But the end result is a customized, personality-filled cubicle space.{found on homeandfabulous}.

21. Craft a wooden pencil holder

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If you do the type of work that requires you to use various types of pens and pencils and other writing supplies or if you simply like having some handy on your desk, you might also enjoy making your own custom pencil holder from scratch. This one has a simple and fairly rustic design and it’s really easy to make.

22. Add a bit of glitz and glamour to your accessories

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Granted there’s not a lot of room to work with when you have only a cubicle as your workspace but you can make the most of what you have. Those few decorations and accessories that you do have space with can look as stylish as possible. That brings us to this gilded pencil holder which we think looks rather chic.

23. Have fun with custom bookends

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Regular bookends are surely practical because they fulfill their purpose but they can often lack character. A fun little idea can be to make custom ones out of unusual supplies like toys for instance. Make DIY bookends that put a smile on your face and give you fun days at work.

24. Keep your magazines on a stylish rack

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This copper pipe magazine rack is something that you can add to your home but also to your workspace if you enjoy reading magazines or checking out catalogues every once in a while. This rack can also be used for other things like possibly for books or documents. It’s really easy to make and a lot more versatile than it initially lets you believe.

25. Store and hide small things in beautiful boxes

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Using boxes for storage is very practical. You can use these to organize your pantry, to keep your garage tidy or on a smaller scale to keep a clean desk. Put all the knick-knacks in a few boxes and decorate them so they don’t make your workspace look ugly. You can quickly and easily do that with spray paint.

26. Keep your personal items in a cute desk tray

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This is not actually a tray but a leather catchall and they’re pretty much the same thing except for some aesthetic details. This is like a pocket, a little thing to put all your personal items in when you arrive at work and then easily find and take them with you when you leave for the day. It can hold things like your phone, keys, sunglasses and so on.

27. Hang some jars up on a wall

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It’s no secret that glass jars can be repurposed in all sorts of cool and convenient ways but have you ever thought of using some to make something for your cubicle or your office? If you simply take a jar and put it on your desk it doesn’t really look nice but if you take two or three and attach them to a piece and wood then hang the whole thing up on a wall, it’s a whole different story.

28. Hang some slender floating shelves

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There may not be enough space in your cubicle for regular shelves but you could probably fit in one or two of these super sleek and slender floating shelves since they don’t stick out as much. These can give you a little space like a ledge where you can display some favorite photos, maybe a few books or devices and so on.

29. Add some color to the walls with string

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Isn’t this string wall hanging piece really cute? It’d not meant to have a very specific design. It’s just a little something that can brighten up the space and add some color to it. If you want to make something similar you can even customize it with your own favorite colors.

30. Decorate the desk with a cute etched glass vase

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Since you probably don’t want to take up too much space with this, it would be best to use a small vase or even a glass for this project. Anything that’s made of clear glass would basically work. The trick is to use etching cream and masking tape to give it a stylish makeover. You can then put some lovely flowers in it or use it as a candle votive or maybe even a pencil holder.

31.Turn a tin can into a pencil holder

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A cute pencil holder can add cheer and style to your desk so take this opportunity to make something special. Using reclaimed materials is a wonderful idea. A tin can, for example, is ideal for a project like this. You can spray paint the interior and decorate the exterior with some leftover wallpaper. It’s a simple project and it doesn’t cost much. Check it out on pillarboxblue for more details.

32. Hang a farmhouse memo board

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A good way to keep a few things off the desk is by utilizing the space on the walls. This famrhouse-style memo board is not just nice to look at but also very practical. You can include extra accessories in the design like a little storage box or a small chalkboard. There’s a tutorial on birdsparty which explains how you can make this from scratch.

33.Bring a rainbow into the mix

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There’s a lot of cute things that you can make using very simple and accessible materials and resources. For example, you can get a plain pencil holder or a small box and you can decorate it with washi tape in rainbow colors, turning it into a colorful and eye-catching accessory for your desk. It’s actually super simple and you can find all the instructions on thecraftedlife if you want to make something similar.

34.Keep track of your schedule with a photo calendar

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Calendars are not really the most exciting things to keep on a desk but they can be turned into beautiful decorations. One way in which you can do that is by actually making your own custom calendar and including some of your favorite photos in its design. Pick a photo for each of the 12 months and use the printable calendar template from themerrythought to get it all done in no time.

35.Keep it tidy with a wire organizer

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Believe it or not, you can make something worthy of hanging in your office out of an industrial shelf. It’s always worth trying to look past what an item is intended for and to find new and interesting uses for it. With this metal grid shelf, you can make a really nice organizer with a Nordic-inspired design, something to keep your notes, favorite pictures and calendar on. Check out lovecreatecelebrate for a complete tutorial.

36.Make a confetti wall

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That little section of the wall right behind your desk is what you get to look at all the time when you’re sitting down and working so it makes sense to want to make it look beautiful and cheerful. A simple way in which you can do that is with paper or stickers. You can print out these confetti shapes on colored vinyl and then use them to decorate the wall. It’s super easy and all the details can be found on akailochiclife.

37.Get an extra hand

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It’s not a metaphor, we’re actually talking about a hand, more specifically this little desk accessory shaped like one. This specific one is actually a makeover of a previously existing but if you’d like to make something similar for your own desk you can fairly easily do it all from scratch. Give it a simple geometric base which you can make out of wood or clay and make the little hand out of metal wire. Head over to papernstitchblog for more details.

38.Build a new desk

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Sometimes you have to start with the basics before you can add all the little details and decorations. A workspace, whether it’s a small cubicle or a big office, is nothing without a proper desk, one that’s comfortable to sit on and that suits the space. With that in mind, perhaps you might want to build a stylish wall-mounted desk from scratch. The tutorial from thecraftedlife will come in super handy. It’s not really a difficult project so don’t let it intimidate you.

39.Design a modern pencil holder

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We keep going back to the pencil holder because it’s such a versatile desk accessory. Here’s another really beautiful design, this time made using a combination of wood and acrylic. This combination of materials gives it a modern and elegant look and also really suits the simple geometric design. You can find the list of supplies needed for this project as well as instructions for it on anikasdiylife.

40.Make a stylish frame for your desk calendar

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Two small pieces of wood are enough to make a stylish frame for a desk calendar. Also, this design can also work if you want to make picture frame. You can do it all in a few easy steps. First, you cut the wood to size if necessary, then you drill the holes for the screws and you glue the two pieces together, you secure them with screws, you sand and stain the wood and after that you add the finishing touches, in this case, the actual calendar. It’s all described in detail on acraftedpassion.