A cubicle mount is a piece of hardware for use in mounting objects to the walls of a cubicle. Cubicles are made by constructing temporary partitions, usually with fabric covered walls, and standard mounting equipment may not always function correctly, especially with heavy items. Hardware and office supply stores typically carry cubicle mounts, including devices intended for specific applications like holding televisions or computer monitors. It is also possible to order them through catalogs and websites.
The cubicle mount is intended to fasten securely to the wall, often with equipment like bolts. It can usually be installed with a minimum of construction skills, although it is important to follow the directions closely to ensure the mount is attached appropriately and safely. Once installed, objects can be hung from the mount or clipped to it. Some equipment intended for use in cubicles, like white boards, may come with cubicle mounts in the packaging so people don't have to buy any special accessories to set it up.
Each cubicle mount should have a rating, providing information about the dead weight it can safely hold. In situations where multiple mounts are intended to work as a system, the rating is for the whole system, not a single piece of hardware. Exceeding the rating or using live weight can create a safety problem, as the mounts may fail and tear out of the wall of the cubicle.
Some offices have strict policies about how their cubicles can be used and what can be installed. Before putting up a cubicle mount, it is advisable to check with the human resources department to get information on company policies. Some companies may prefer to have their staff install devices on the walls of cubicles, for safety and liability reasons. Others may not object and may actively encourage their staff to personalize their workspaces in a way that feels familiar and comfortable.
When purchasing a cubicle mount, in addition to checking the rating, people should also check for compatibility with the device they are planning to install on the mount. While many mounts are generic and can be used with many types of items, some cannot or may require special attachments. If wiring is going to be run through the mount, it is also important to make sure there is a space for running wiring without pinching it, to prevent problems like crush damage to wiring that may cause it to malfunction.