In recent years, more companies are working toward the open-floor office space because it encourages collaboration with co-workers. Inc. Magazine contributor Margaret Heffernan explained that while this may be true, some workers think that “they are too noisy and too distracting, [making it] hard to concentrate, especially if you’re always being interrupted.”

Prior to the open work space, a majority of businesses operated from cubicles, allowing employees to have two to three walls to themselves to complete daily tasks. As Heffernan put it, cubicles present an opportunity for employees to have “a sense of solidarity with [their] colleagues.”

Aspiring startups in the Bay Area could miss out on the potential of cubicles. At first, it could be extremely beneficial to converse across an open room, but what happens when business is booming? Screaming across the room could actually damper meetings with prospective clients and partners.

Cubicles can serve as an oasis at work when operations become increasingly chaotic. Instead of telling co-workers to keep it down, staffers could run off to these established work areas and buckle down. Don’t want to speak with anyone? Consider getting a “do not disturb” sign to hang on the office chair, as Boston-based company Pohly does.

Similar to many office furniture pieces, purchasing new cubicles can be a challenge to  a young business’ budget. Instead of buying these large products brand new, a business owner now has the option to consider used office furnishings. By not paying retail price, business owners are getting the same item for a fraction of the price. Used office furniture liquidators have a selection of these and other similar products available for purchase.