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Chill with a nice cube

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Even a small cubicle can be made peaceful, comfortable and high-functioning with the right tools.

Enliven a gray cubicle with brightly colored file folders, such as the patterned ones at The Container Store ($7 for 6;

Ease an aching back. Dr. Josh Handt, a chiropractor at the New York Chiropractic Life Center, recommends the Back Vitalizer, which looks like your average chair cushion but keeps your back far more mobile. ($60;

Add a little wit. “Things around you should bring a smile to your face,” says professional organizer Ann Bingley Gallops. Tip: Make it something that also serves a purpose, such as the orange porcupine-shaped paper clip holder from the MoMA Design Store (

Compensate for bad lighting with a desk lamp. “Overhead lights often don’t reach cubicles,” says John Calvano, vice president of the Levine Calvano Furniture Group. Tip: Get a lamp that replicates natural daylight.

Block out the noise, rather than pestering co-workers to keep it down. Invest in a pair of noise-isolating earphones, like the KEB79 earbuds, which have a mute clicker on the cable for when you need to keep your ears open ($70;

Add some white noise with a small fan under your desk (if earbuds are out of the question), such as the Vornado Zippi fan ($20;

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