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Desk privacy boards are panels that rest on or connect to worktop surfaces to reduce visual and audible distractions to workers, while also ensuring a sense of privacy in open-architecture work settings. Many consist of surface material that also serves other functions, including dry-erase writing and magnetic and tackboard fastening. The panels are ideal for classroom students as well. Read More
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Two types of desk privacy boards

Open-office architecture leaves many employees exposed without walls around their workspaces. Even in workplaces that use cubicle and panel systems to give people privacy, desks often sit side by side or nose to nose. Privacy is also an issue in large classrooms that require closely set rows of desks to accommodate a lot of students, particularly during tests when concentration and confidentiality are essential. Two styles of desktop privacy panels are available to give individual workers or students their own space in tight quarters.

One type comes preassembled and folds open to provide a three-sided panel. These desktop privacy screens are ideal in classroom settings because they stow away easily and are readily available as the need arises. Another option is more suitable for open offices, attaching to writing or computer desks with hand-tightening clamps for quick, easy assembly. These panels have noise-dampening qualities, so they reduce auditory distractions in addition to visual ones.

Dual-purpose desktop privacy panels

Many office-appropriate desktop screens consist of materials that add to their functionality as pieces of office furniture. One choice has a steel inner core sandwiched between porcelain or ceramic layers. The structure creates a magnetic privacy panel that workers can use to fasten notes or other material, and they can use the surface as a dry-erase board for writing reminders, notices, or messages. Another screen panel option consists of tackboard, in which vinyl is machine-laminated to wood fiberboard that accepts pushpins and thumbtacks. This is perfect for fastening material for personal or office use.

Some other features of desktop privacy boards

Preassembled classroom screens normally consist of fabric or polymer material stretched over a durable wood-composite frame, so they remain stable on desktops and are durable and long wearing. Many come in decorative patterns, such as those that are part of the Chalkboard Brights line from Teacher Created Resources, an educational publishing company that specializes in theme-based supplies and material catering to young students.

Brands of desk privacy boards

There are a handful of desktop privacy screen manufacturers. Choose one of these brands to find something that offers the features and functionality you need:

  • Balt
  • Pacon®
  • Flipside Products, Inc.
  • VERSARE
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