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Schools are experiencing a lot of change at the moment, including a complete overhaul of the exam system as well as budget tightening. But the one thing that remains a constant is the need for an environment that is conducive to learning. The physical set up of every classroom has a significant impact on this. And the choice of classroom furniture, therefore, is as critical a decision as it’s always been.
When you’re buying classroom furniture, what should you look out for?
Ergonomics in the classroom matter…
Ergonomically designed classroom furniture can be adjusted to suit the pupil. How? In many ways. For example, the height of ergonomically designed classroom chairs can be altered to accommodate the space underneath the table. The angle of the back rest can be changed. And the armrests can be positioned comfortably for different users.
No teacher wants their pupils snoozing off, but it’s important that they are comfortable for the sake of concentration. Ergonomically designed furniture will help with this.
Flexible functionality makes a difference…
Classrooms often have to cater for several different teachers, lesson types, and pupil ages across just a single week. The varied nature of the curriculum will put quite diverse demands on the structure of a classroom, including the classroom furniture. Tables and chairs need to be easy to adjust to cater for various uses, and they must also be easy to store. Colour schemes can sometimes aid lessons too. All these aspects needs considering when choosing what classroom furniture to order.
Hard wearing materials will make it longer lasting…
Tables and chairs in a classroom are kicked, pushed, stacked, and scratched. With the beating each item gets day in, day out, during term time, it’s important to choose furniture that’s durable and robust. Pick the right range from the start and you will save the school a fortune.
Moveable and re-arrangeable it must be…
Creative teachers, group discussions, stacking requirements, and theatre style settings; all of these can make demands on classroom furniture on a daily basis. Chairs and tables have GOT to be easy to move otherwise valuable teaching time is wasted.
Value for money isn’t just a buzz phrase…
School budgets are incredibly tight. Add to that the requirement for governors and leadership staff to ensure that they can prove they are getting value for money, and you’ll quickly be totting up cost versus longevity. Not only does classroom furniture need to be well-designed from a functional and comfort viewpoint for school use, but it needs to be tough enough to last a decent length of time.
If you’re planning on purchasing some new classroom furniture, or simply stuck deciding on what to order next, please do get in touch. We’d be delighted to chat through your requirements in more detail with you!