As the nature of 21st century continues to evolve and change, schools have begun to move away from the traditional classroom and are embracing more modern spaces that support new and innovative ways of learning. Because the physical classroom environment has become an extension of the teacher, choosing classroom furniture is a critical component in classroom design. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when buying furniture for an educational environment.
Functionality and mobility. The modern classroom environment is flexible and collaborative and needs furniture that will support diverse learning styles. Choosing furniture that is easily reconfigurable and adaptable will allow for classroom teachers to quickly transition from individual learning to group work quickly and with little disruption to learning.
Size and Ergonomics. When choosing furniture for classrooms, it is important that it be sized accordingly to the age of the child. Adjustable seating can be quickly changed to accommodate different size students. Furthermore, ergonomics are also important to consider because studies have shown that many students suffer from back issues due to years of sitting in uncomfortable seating. Comfortable seating and furniture in classrooms can actually help students to focus and as a result retain more of what they are learning.
Safety and Durability. Safety and durability might be two factors that seem obvious when deciding about classroom furniture, but they are often overlooked. Because furniture for an educational environment will need to endure a great deal of wear and tear, choosing furniture with durable aluminum frames and laminate surfaces will last a lot longer than other options. Also, it should be safe. Chairs should be sturdy and not tip easily and if using adjustable furniture, it should be easily reconfigured so fingers and hands don’t get pinched in the process.
Health Considerations. Not only should a furniture’s construction be sturdy and stable in terms of safety, it should also meet health standards. It is important to pick furniture that is made without the use of toxic chemicals. The furniture should meet the standards for low levels of VOCs. The best furniture for classrooms should be green certified.
At Bellia, we work with a large network of furniture manufacturers. As leaders in the office design and furniture industry, we stay on top of trends and are aware of the latest innovations, so as we are sourcing products for your space we are not just taking into account the overall design and aesthetics, but the needs of your classroom.