Whether you’re a contractor, architect or headteacher, choosing classroom furniture can be a difficult task.…
Books and other supplies can pile up quickly in modern classrooms; teachers regularly find themselves running short of storage space. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of furniture on the market designed to address the issue. Finding storage furniture isn’t difficult, but ensuring that it’s a good fit for a classroom is a bit more involved. Here’s what you need to know to pick out the best storage for your classroom every time.
Work out how much free space you have
Before you can choose suitable furniture for schools, you need to know exactly how much space you have to work with. Measure the available gaps in your classroom, so you know the position and size of every piece of furniture you plan to add.
Remember to factor in how storage units open. You won’t be able to keep anything on top of a storage unit with a lid that opens up. On the other hand, units with drawers or doors can still be opened with objects placed on top.
Declutter your classroom first
Don’t invest in storage units until you’ve cleared out your classroom and got rid of anything you don’t need anymore. The more clutter and debris taking up space in your classroom, the more storage space you will need. By decluttering beforehand, you will reduce the amount of storage furniture you need to buy. If you can’t find anything to dispose of, you know you need to invest in a reasonable amount of storage.
Utilise all the space available to you
Just because you are adding storage space to your classroom, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aim to use whatever space you have efficiently. Large cupboards and chests provide you with plenty of storage volume to work with, but there are limits to the amount of floor space you will have to work with.
It is also worth adding shelves and other forms of elevated storage. By utilising the vertical space, you can further increase your storage space without significantly raising your costs.
Every classroom needs adequate storage space. A lack of storage makes life difficult for teachers and pupils alike. But don’t just buy the first storage furniture you come across. Take your time and plan your classroom out first.
Storage for your classroom – where to find out more
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Image: David Bailey furniture installed at Claycots Primary School in Slough. Read the case study here.