Top 5 Tips For Buying Classroom Furniture

Posted by Jerry Doll on Mon, Nov, 19, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Buying Classroom FurnitureJust as the curriculum in most schools is expanding to encompass a new era, classroom furniture and the interior school environment are becoming major components of the learning experience. Some researchers have even called the physical atmosphere of the classroom the “third teacher.” Therefore, the choice of classroom furniture is a more critical decision than ever before. Here are five considerations to keep in mind when buying classroom furniture:

  • Mobility and function. The collaborative learning atmosphere usually equates with rearranging furniture to accommodate diverse teaching styles. Some new school facilities are now constructed with no built-in furniture or fixtures at all. Furniture with more than one use is critical for these scenarios. Lightweight and easily reconfigured in the classroom, simple rectangular tables that can be arranged in traditional rows for lectures or grouped for workshops and seminars are one example.

  • Correct sizing. Children aren’t miniature adults, so classroom furnishings shouldn’t be simply shrunken adult furniture. The rise of musculoskeletal disorders in students, however, suggests that more attention is needed in that area. Seat heights should be appropriate for the age groups. Adjustable seating that can be quickly altered in both height and position is useful as are workstations that provide sit-stand options.

  • Long life. Reduce recurrent costs for repair and replacement. Key elements to look for are welded tubular steel frames and polypropylene or polyethylene seats for long service life. Desks should have writing surfaces that resist marring and should be fabricated from a high-pressure laminate or melamine plastic. 

  • Healthy. Classroom furniture construction should meet health standards for low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds.)  Some educational furnishings also have green certifications such as Greenguard, FSC and NAUF, which means the furniture is constructed without added formaldehyde. 

  • Support. When choosing a furniture manufacturer, look for product lead times that fit your schedule, delivery and installation options and after-sale service and support. Smaller manufacturers may have limited quantities and long lead times that don’t fit your time frame or budget window.

Since 1988, NOVA Solutions has supplied the furnishings that create today’s learning environment. Contact us for the resources you need to make informed classroom furniture decisions.

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