Educational Furniture

Educational Furniture

There is an age-old myth related to the school and teaching institutes that they should have smaller classroom size, so that they raise high standard students. Today’s schools are not just meant for reading writing activities but they serve as a learning hub to various things. Researches have shown that physical atmosphere of the classroom is like a third teacher. Thus, it stresses the need to place such furniture which pays attention to posture, fatigue, comfortability, durability and concentration power of the students. more

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Educational furniture needs to be ergonomically apt for kids of varying ages. There is an age-old myth related to the school and teaching institutes that they should have small classroom size, so that they raise high standard students. Today’s schools are not just meant for reading and writing activities. They serve as a learning hub to various things. Researches have shown that physical atmosphere of the classroom is like a third teacher. Thus, it stresses the need to place such furniture which pays attention to posture, fatigue, comfortability, durability and concentration power of the students.
Schools and colleges also have to consider optimum budget for furniture so things should be planned in advance while buying table, chair, stools fo classroom or laboratory or any other educational furniture. Some of the essential types of furniture required at various educational levels are being discussed below:

Early School Furniture-

As it is being made for very small kids so it should be attractive, comfortable and durable.

  • Shape: The edges should be round with soft curves, gentle angles. Common shapes for this age group are round, oval, semicircle and rectangular.
  • Height: Chairs should be of adjustable height. Some dimensions are:
    1. 7 ½ inches for toddlers-2 years old kids
    2. 9 ½ inches for 3 year old kids
  • Chairs, tables should also have adjustable legs.
  • Storage shelves should be wide based with locking wheels.
  • Types:
    1. Rectangular activity tables
    2. Stackable chairs
    3. Cabinets and cubicles
    4. 2-3 students desk and chair combo
    5. Book trucks

 

School Furniture-

  • Student chair and desk material ranges from solid wood to powder coated or laminated boards.
  • Student chair height ranges
    1. 1st Grade: 12 inches
    2. 2nd -3rd Grade: 14 inches
    3. 4th Grade
    4. Above 4rth Grade: 18 inches
  • Color combination can be anything depending upon the décor of the school. Common colors are blue and brown.
  • Earlier only wooden desk and chairs were used which were not comfortable for working long hours. This has been replaced by ergonomic plastic chairs combined with desks and storage space.
  • Student desk should be scratch resistant and should be fabricated from high pressure melamine or plastic.

 

Student Computer Table-

When the computer labs were started in schools; aim was to stack as many computers as possible against the wall in one single row. However, this trend is now fast changing with computer rooms changing into specific zones like group study; teaching through presentations or individual work.

  • Material for student computer table: Wood, metal, plastic, particle board
  • Table should have a pull-out and adjustable keyboard tray
  • Student computer table should have elevated shelf for CPU storage
  • Computer table and chair should be of adjustable height
  • Types:
    1. Collaboration table
    2. Multimedia table
    3. Lab station
    4. 1/2/3 students desk
 

Library Furniture-

  • Consider the most resilient and comfortable Library furnishing pieces.
    1. Spacious single or double faced book cases
    2. Card and Media holder file rack
    3. Linear Magazine display racks
    4. Circular or rectangular tables for group discussion and collective reading
    5. Classic wooden or upholstered chairs
    6. Step stools fo high book shelves
    7. Book carts to transport books easily
  • For young children use bean bags, reading terraces and fun curvacious book displays.
  • Use study carrels, Dictionary stands for colleges.
 

Cafeteria Furniture-

Fun colourful café furniture is what breaks the usual classroom decorum. Add:
  • Long or compact bistro table chair set
  • Table Benches
  • Dining Chairs
  • Counter Height tables
Style, colour, shape and seating options can assemble for a perfect café arrangement.
 

Art Room Furniture-

A proper thought behind organizing a cohesive seating arrangement for a preschool or high school furniture that includes:
  • Easels or Drafting tables
  • White or Green boards
  • Stationary Storage cabinet
  •  Activity table
  • Stools or folding chairs for seating 


College Classroom Furniture-

College students carry their own laptops or iPad for which they have a different seating requirement as compared to the school furniture. 

  • Most common design in India is the chair attached with desk, where the desk is made of laminated board and chair is of plastic. Both are joined together by powder coated metal tubes.
  • Collaborative tables: These are popular for group study or group discussion or while dividing the classroom into different zones. These are either round or rectangular in shape.
  • Tag Chairs: These are the best chairs as they are loaded with options like arm/armless chairs, wood/plastic combination, mobile/static chairs. These can be easily stacked up also.
 

Conductive Education Furniture-

Conductive education trains children with motor disorders with aim to reduce their dependence on artificial aids. Some of the essential furniture pieces used for this type of education is:

  • Plinths
  • Chairs
  • Wall bars
  • Hand rails
  • Walking ladder
  • Adjustable stools
  • Conductor’s stool
  • Nesting footrest sets

Thus, we conclude that good furniture will not only attract the students but will also improve their concentration power and enhance teaching-learning experience further.

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