Cubicles in an office add a sense of privacy and allow workers to communicate without having to leave their offices or go far from their desks. On the other hand, the noise from other cubicles and the general ambience of the office can still be distracting and make it difficult to get work done effectively and efficiently. Even though you can’t completely soundproof a cubicle, you can greatly reduce sound to better your workplace.
Extend your cubicle walls vertically. In some offices this will not be an option, but if it is, extend the walls as high as possible with either additional wall pieces or mass-loaded curtains. Cubicle wall extension pieces connect to the existing wall and extend upwards. Mass-loaded curtains hang down from the ceiling to connect with the top of the cubicle wall to block out sound.
Add soundproof foam or fabric-covered panels to as many sections of the cubicle walls as you can. For best results, cover the walls entirely. These panels absorb sound and instantly reduce the noise surrounding you.
Fill in any seams, cracks and corners, including along the floor, with pyramids or wedges of open-cell foam. Small pieces fit easily into the tiniest places to absorb sound coming in from places you may not realize.
Add mass-loaded vinyl (MLV) to the entire floor of your office as a floor mat to cancel out and absorb sound. Also, use MLV on the walls in addition to the foam panels.
Cover windows in your cubicle with a clear plastic sheet. The sheet should stick directly to the glass adding a layer to your window. This will help reduce exterior sound while still allowing sunlight to enter.
Experiment with where you put the foam throughout the office. You might be surprised with where some of the noise is coming from.
By soundproofing your cubicle, you will decrease office sound as a whole. Coworkers will hear you less, which will reduce noise because they will no longer feel the need to talk over you to get their work done.
Talk to your office manager for permission to alter your cubicle and office space.