When it comes to choosing classroom furniture, the layout of the room is one of the most important factors. This determines the tables, seating, desks, storage, and everything else that goes into the room. Many schools throughout the country have started using a flexible seating layout for their classes. Students are allowed to choose between many different seating types, from traditional chairs to futons and exercise balls. If this is something you’re considering in your school, this furniture selection guide will help you along the way.
What Is Flexible Seating?
Flexible seating is a philosophy that uses different styles of seating to help students feel in control of their education. The classroom furniture is set up with a combination of comfortable seating and work-friendly seating. Students can select where they want to sit throughout the day based on the activities in the classroom.
Advantages of Flexible Seating
The biggest advantage to flexible seating is the flexibility itself. Teachers are not required to use rows of desks, and instead, they’re able to maneuver their seats to accommodate the day’s lessons. Students get the joy of choosing where to sit, and they’re more likely to pay attention in that position. It invokes a sense of responsibility, so students take pride in their learning environment. Students feel more comfortable, which makes them more focused on the day’s tasks.
Disadvantages of Flexible Seating
Flexible seating may not be ideal for classrooms with small children, or large classrooms where children are difficult to manage. If the classroom has children with behavioral issues, not having assigned seating may make the behavioral problems worse. With that in mind, many teachers have found that students behave better when they choose their seats because they feel better throughout the day.
Choosing Classroom Furniture for a Flexible Seating Layout
If you are going to use a flexible seating layout, plan your workspaces first. Where will students go when they need to complete projects? Have enough tables to accommodate those times, along with chairs for all the students. You can use stacking chairs and folding tables that can be stored away in between uses.
For day to day seating, provide multiple options for the students. As we mentioned earlier in this guide, some teachers use futons or exercise balls for fun seating options. They may also have poufs (personal sized ottomans), floor pillows, camp chairs, stools, small rocking chairs, and traditional desks. You can choose options that best suit the age group of your children and the overall space available in the room. Get lap desks for students to work on when they’re not sitting at a desk or table.
As long as you keep in mind the flexibility required for flexible seating, you can create a versatile classroom setup that benefits the students and the educators.
Banquet chairs are used for many occasions, from business conventions to school events and more. One of the most common places to see a banquet chair is in a church. That’s because these chairs are stackable, making them easy to store and re-arrange for various church events. In this guide, we will explain how to choose the right banquet chairs for your church so you can enjoy them for years to come.
Plastic Chairs vs. Upholstered Banquet Chairs
Plastic banquet chairs are inexpensive and easy to clean. This makes them ideal for craft rooms, dining areas, or spaces where children congregate. However, plastic chairs are not nearly as comfortable as upholstered chairs. Fabric banquet chairs also look nicer than plastic ones, while still being stackable and practical. You may purchase upholstered stacking chairs for rooms where you hold weddings or formal church events. Then you could use plastic in other areas where function is more important than appearance.
What Color Should My Banquet Chairs Be?
We typically recommend neutral colors for banquet chairs and other decorative furniture pieces. Neutrals will stand the test of time, so they will work well even if you change the décor inside your church. With that in mind, you can use your banquet chairs to create a statement in the room. A bold, fun color would work well in a Sunday school room, while an elegant flora fabric would work well in a formal dining hall. As long as you envision the overall design of the space, you can get a color that fits your church.
Consider How Much Storage Space You Have Available
Banquet chairs stack on top of each other, but they still take up space. This is something to consider before you place an order. Chairs with thick upholstered bases will require much more space than thin plastic chairs. Some chairs are designed to be wider or taller than others. This also impacts the size when stacked. If space is a concerned, look for smaller chairs that you have adequate room for.
Order Separate Chairs for Children and Adults
Stacking chairs for children are much smaller than the chairs for adults. You will need to get a separate set of chairs for the children in your church, especially if you are buying for a classroom or clubhouse. Of course, you can buy adult size chairs for teenagers because they can sit comfortably in the larger seats. Think about your audience as you make your selection.
Do the Chairs Need to Fit around Tables?
If you are using the banquet chairs around tables, the table dimensions will influence the chair selection. For instance, if you get a set of wide-leg banquet chairs, you may only be able to fit 8 people around a round table as opposed to 10. The chairs should proportionally match the height of your tables as well. Shorter tables will require shorter chairs. If you contact one of our experts here at WR Hardware, we can help you decide which banquet chairs are ideal for your church.
Book carts can be used in a variety of school spaces – from classrooms to libraries to hallways and beyond. They can act as temporary dividers in a room, or they can help move books from one place to another. No matter what you need book carts for, it’s important to choose the right ones to suit your situation. Here are some tips for choosing the most efficient book carts for your school.
Computers have become an integral part of today’s schools and classrooms. Most schools have a designated computer room for students to visit, or they have individual computers within the classes. In addition to that, teachers and classroom assistants use computers during their instructions. All of this hinges on one important piece of school furniture – a computer workstation.
School winter break is right around the corner, giving teachers, students, and administrators alike a chance to spend time with their families and have a little fun. Remodeling your classrooms may not be at the top of your priority list over winter break, but this is actually a great time to do that. You have a few weeks to install the new furniture and get rid of your old furniture, and your students can come back to a whole new learning environment. Here are some tips for upgrading your school furniture over fall break.
Classroom furniture is built to withstand long term wear and tear. Nevertheless, there may come a time when you need to upgrade your school furniture to better suit your needs. Continue reading “Classroom Furniture Buying Guide”