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54 Ways To Make Your Cubicle Suck Less

Your second home shouldn't feel like a jail. The products in this post were updated in May 2018.

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1. Raise your computer up to eye level.

It's ergonomically easier on the neck. Get one of these handy laptop lifters, or DIY with some books or reams of paper.
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It's ergonomically easier on the neck. Get one of these handy laptop lifters, or DIY with some books or reams of paper.

2. Add some tassel flair.

Get these paper tassels from TheFlairExchange on Etsy. Or, DIY your own.
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Get these paper tassels from TheFlairExchange on Etsy. Or, DIY your own.

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3. Instead of a boring blotter, use a cool carpet sample.

Bonus: They're usually cheap or free! See more at House Beautiful.
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Bonus: They're usually cheap or free! See more at House Beautiful.

4. Give your bulletin board some campaign flair by adding some L brackets.

See how here.

5. Get a fancy calendar.

Get this one from Paper Souce for $29.95 (August 2018 - December 2019).
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Get this one from Paper Souce for $29.95 (August 2018 - December 2019).

6. Make your desktop background a work of art.

Or a motivating message, like this one.
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Or a motivating message, like this one.

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7. Get a plant to add some color and life.

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Succulents are a great choice because they don't need much care and they don't have pollen (which can irritate your office mates with allergies). See more cubicle-appropriate foliage here.

Get a four-pack of mini succulents from Amazon for $12.79.

8. If you don't have room for a big plant, try one of these adorable mini-succulent magnets.

Get a set of three from omorfigiadesigns on Etsy for $21+.
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Get a set of three from omorfigiadesigns on Etsy for $21+.

9. Or, try a tiny air plant, which requires zero work.

(It's that tiny one in the cute giraffe planter.) Get a four-pack from Amazon for $15.88.
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(It's that tiny one in the cute giraffe planter.)

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $15.88.

10. If you really don't want to take care of anything, this faux-plant pen holder still adds a touch of green.

Get it from Amazon for $10.79.
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Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

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11. Add googly eyes to all your office supplies.

Get a pack of googly eyes from Amazon for $5.99.
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Get a pack of googly eyes from Amazon for $5.99.

12. Make a large-scale "mural" by splitting an image into printable-sized parts.

Easily split images with this tutorial.
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Easily split images with this tutorial.

13. Add a lamp to create instant warmth.

Fluorescent lighting never helped anyone. If your cubicle doesn't get a lot of sun, try getting a full-spectrum bulb that simulates natural light.
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Fluorescent lighting never helped anyone. If your cubicle doesn't get a lot of sun, try getting a full-spectrum bulb that simulates natural light.

14. Or, string up some Christmas lights for a little extra glam.

Get similar LED string lights from Amazon for $13.99.
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Get similar LED string lights from Amazon for $13.99.

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15. DIY a chandelier with some string lights.

Probably a good idea to ask first.Get similar string lights from Amazon for $16.99.
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Probably a good idea to ask first.

Get similar string lights from Amazon for $16.99.

16. Up your Post-it Note game with these adorable banner notes.

Get them from Amazon for $7.06.
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Get them from Amazon for $7.06.

17. Make some DIY rice-and-beans-filled bookends from fabric scraps.

Eucalyptus leaves are also a great "plant" addition that adds green but doesn't require work. Plus, it smells great! Get the DIY tutorial here.
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Eucalyptus leaves are also a great "plant" addition that adds green but doesn't require work. Plus, it smells great! Get the DIY tutorial here.

18. Or, make some super-easy DIY book ends by spray painting rocks gold.

See more from the geniuses at DesignLoveFest.
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See more from the geniuses at DesignLoveFest.

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19. Tack up some inspirational quotes.

Get some cool font-spiration here.
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Get some cool font-spiration here.

20. For extra snazz, use some decorative pushpins.

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $7.09.
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Get a five-pack from Amazon for $7.09.

21. Put your decor in cheap matching frames for an easy upgrade.

Get similar frames from Target for $2+.
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Get similar frames from Target for $2+.

22. If you have fabric walls, use the toothy side of Velcro to hold frames up.

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23. Use string to hold mini-photos in a cute display.

Get string and clips from Amazon for $7.59 or get the (pictured) metal photo clips string set from Urban Outfitters for $14.
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Get string and clips from Amazon for $7.59 or get the (pictured) metal photo clips string set from Urban Outfitters for $14.

24. Spruce up your mousepad with some paint and tape.

Directions here.
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Directions here.

25. Upgrade your office supplies.

Get this set from Amazon for $39.92. Check out another optioner here.
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Get this set from Amazon for $39.92. Check out another optioner here.

26. Use T-Pins to create a DIY pegboard to organize supplies.

Get a box of 100 pins from Amazon for $4.19.
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Get a box of 100 pins from Amazon for $4.19.

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27. Or make hanging clips for your cubicle walls with this paper clip hack.

Full directions here.
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Full directions here.

28. Get a sweet mug to drink your free office coffee.

Get it from DigibuddhaHome on Etsy for $15.95+.
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Get it from DigibuddhaHome on Etsy for $15.95+.

29. Or, get some pretty coasters to improve those basic office mugs.

Make some DIY gold-rimmed coasters with this tutorial.
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Make some DIY gold-rimmed coasters with this tutorial.

30. Take your coffee game up a notch and BYO French press and beans.

Get a French press coffee maker from Amazon for $24.22.
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Get a French press coffee maker from Amazon for $24.22.

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31. Get some Magnetic Poetry for your filing cabinet.

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Provides endless entertainment. Also good for leaving important notes.

Get it from Amazon for $19.22.

32. Use a tray to keep everything organized.

Get a similar tray from Amazon for $27.99 or Wayfair for $34.99.
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Get a similar tray from Amazon for $27.99 or Wayfair for $34.99.

33. Or this organizer that doesn't take up a lot of space.

Get it from Amazon for $23.79.
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Get it from Amazon for $23.79.

34. Keep your desktop clear by utilizing the vertical space of your walls.

Get it from Amazon for $23.51.
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Get it from Amazon for $23.51.

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35. Spray paint some recycled berry baskets for easy storage.

Get gold spray paint from Amazon for $5.68.
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Get gold spray paint from Amazon for $5.68.

36. DIY an organizer with this origami tutorial.

37. Replace your chair with a hammock chair.

(Probably a good idea to ask your boss first/make sure the ceiling can support this crazy idea.)Get a similar chair from Amazon for $35.99.
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(Probably a good idea to ask your boss first/make sure the ceiling can support this crazy idea.)

Get a similar chair from Amazon for $35.99.

38. On second thought, just make your existing chair more comfortable with a cool pillow.

Add a throw that you can use as warmth when your office is FREEZING.Get a similar throw pillow from Target for $19.99.
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Add a throw that you can use as warmth when your office is FREEZING.

Get a similar throw pillow from Target for $19.99.

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39. Or, just use a cool sheepskin over the chair.

Get a faux-sheepskin rug from Amazon for $16.95.
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Get a faux-sheepskin rug from Amazon for $16.95.

40. Use this easy coat hook to keep your things off your chair.

And by chair I mean floor. If your walls are thin enough, you can also just hang a wooden coat hook if the hook part swivels.Get it from Amazon for $7.53.
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And by chair I mean floor. If your walls are thin enough, you can also just hang a wooden coat hook if the hook part swivels.

Get it from Amazon for $7.53.

41. Get an "active footrest" to keep your legs from getting cramped.

These types of ergonomic footrests are perfect for anyone who gets antsy sitting down for too long. Get it from Amazon for $15.52.
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These types of ergonomic footrests are perfect for anyone who gets antsy sitting down for too long.

Get it from Amazon for $15.52.

42. Use colorful fabric or wallpaper as a backdrop on your boring walls.

See more here.Get some wallpaper from Target for $29.99.
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See more here.

Get some wallpaper from Target for $29.99.

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43. Or add some gold confetti to the wall for a festive touch.

Simply cut out some circles from gold paper. Or follow this tutorial.
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Simply cut out some circles from gold paper. Or follow this tutorial.

44. Add a mirror to make your tiny desk jail feel more spacious.

Plus, you'll be able to see if anyone is lurking in your doorway. See more here.Get a similar mirror from Overstock for $41.99.
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Plus, you'll be able to see if anyone is lurking in your doorway. See more here.

Get a similar mirror from Overstock for $41.99.

45. Upgrade your filing cabinets with patterned or colored contact paper.

See more here.Get a roll of contact paper in a similar design from Amazon for $6.29.
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See more here.

Get a roll of contact paper in a similar design from Amazon for $6.29.

46. Use this genius method of paper organizing to keep your files in working order.

Making an "action" pile is the best way to stay on top of urgent items. See the full method here.
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Making an "action" pile is the best way to stay on top of urgent items. See the full method here.

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47. Get a colorful dorm-sized fridge for under your desk.

Or one of those tiny adorable desktop versions. No one will steal your yogurt ever again. Get it from PBteen for $249.
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Or one of those tiny adorable desktop versions. No one will steal your yogurt ever again.

Get it from PBteen for $249.

48. Use a room divider to create some semblance of privacy.

It might not lock but it's a start.
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It might not lock but it's a start.

49. Use an old tree branch and a vintage belt to make this minimalist display for notes and pens.

Get the instructions here.
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Get the instructions here.

50. Use this guide to feng shui your desk.

See how here.
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See how here.

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51. Dress up your keyboard with these sleek stickers.

Easily removable (for when you get upgraded to the corner office). Get them from Lazerwood Keys for $39.
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Easily removable (for when you get upgraded to the corner office).

Get them from Lazerwood Keys for $39.

52. Or, make your own key covers with washi tape.

Directions here.Get a 24-pack of washi tape from Amazon for $10.95.
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Directions here.

Get a 24-pack of washi tape from Amazon for $10.95.

53. Make these easy catchall wall pockets with corkboard and leather.

See how here.

54. Use your whiteboard to write motivational (and funny) messages.

See more here.
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See more here.

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