With budget issues always a consideration, the pressure to make short-term considerations a priority when choosing classroom furniture is very real. Furnishing a facility for the immediate needs of the here and now may lead to buying decisions that are regretted in the future, however.
This is particularly true when furnishings need to be replaced sooner than expected because they weren’t up to the standards of daily wear and tear that are the norm in schools. Any furniture investment should suit the health and comfort of the students as well as the curricular demands of the classroom.
Return on investment is also directly related to the quality of materials and construction of the furnishings. When choosing classroom furniture, comparing strength and durability before purchase is an important factor in getting maximum return on investment in the future. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:
Work surfaces of desks and tables should ideally be fabricated from high-pressure melamine laminates. These materials have been shown to have superior resistance to day-to-day usage, are flame-retardant and include anti-bacterial properties. They are available with a top layer of wood grain or single color for a variety of design themes.
For long service life, furniture structure should include heavy-gauge steel chair legs with glides securely attached. Classroom tables should feature bumper edges on all sides that can stand up to frequent contact as furnishings are repositioned in the classroom. All metal structural parts should have a baked powder-coat finish for longevity.
Environmental and health concerns also figure into the selection of classroom furniture. Some substances included in furnishings have been linked to allergies and asthma in susceptible individuals. Specifically, look for furniture constructed with low volatile organic compound (VOC) content and make sure all furnishings comply with state and national environmental standards.
Nova Solutions offers furnishings designed for the long life that generates maximum return on investment. Contact us with your specifications when choosing classroom furniture to optimize return on investment.