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Whether you’re a contractor, architect or headteacher, choosing classroom furniture can be a difficult task. You need to strike the correct balance between furniture which is practical and comfortable, yet also looks visually appealing in a classroom. Plus, the furniture may need to be smaller than regular furniture, so that children can access it easily. To find out our tips on how to choose classroom furniture, continue reading.
Invest in quality
It may be tempting to go for the cheapest deal possible when it comes to classroom furniture. However, good quality products are essential in the classroom environment. By investing in high-quality furniture now, you can be assured that it will last for years to come. It is well known that children can often be clumsy and tend to break things easily. Poor quality furniture may be quickly ruined, but durable and well-made furniture will stand the test of time.
Create flexible environments
When choosing classroom furniture, it is essential that you think about creating a flexible learning environment. This is especially relevant with the current pandemic, as classrooms are having to social distance to protect children. Mobile furniture, which can easily be moved around, is a great choice as it allows you to design the classroom to your liking. This furniture can be positioned so that one-way systems can be easily created and space can be made between desks.
It is important to think about furniture than can help with storage and organisation. Classrooms are full of important documents as well as work produced by children and other resources. No teacher wants to mix this information up, and possibly lose important work. Therefore, consider investing in a range of storage units, such as wall units and base units. These can be used to store books, paper and other equipment. Storage trays are also great, as they give children a place to store their own personal belongings.
How to choose classroom furniture – where to find out more
If you are looking for classroom and education furniture, then David Bailey can help. We manufacture a range of classroom furniture including wall units, base units and mobile trays. Our focus on education and school furniture systems combined with over 35 years expertise in designing, manufacturing and installing nationwide, ensures that we can meet your project requirements. Our products are specified by a wide range of architects and installed across education facilities including nursery, primary, secondary, college, universities and special needs, including Headington Girls School, Oxford; Farnborough College of Technology; and Yateley Community School, Hampshire. You can read more of our education case studies here.