Traditionally, office furniture designers have used cubicle walls as a supplement to worksurfaces or desks. However, full height panels can also serve other purposes. Teknion has a free standing post and beam panel system called “ie” that is used for creating work cabins. You can see one in the image at the top left. It’s a pod created from the architectural panels to provide a meeting room in an open office layout. Instead of having worksurfaces attached to the walls, there’s an easily movable work table in the center of the room.
That’s the high-end version of the concept, but if you have some old, used office cubicles that feature free standing panels there’s no reason you can’t make your own “cabins”. It’s one way to reuse these components until you’re ready to liquidate them. So, the next time you need a collaborative workspace and the conference room has already been booked, make your own room!