Children on soft seating in classroom

7 must-haves for the modern classroom

This decade has certainly seen the most transformation in terms of classroom furniture and layout. With active and collaborative classrooms gaining momentum globally, many schools are realising the value and increased engagement this modern layout provides.

 
With this in mind, we’ve put together some essentials to consider for the modern classroom.

1. Flexibility

Modern learning spaces are all about flexible learning solutions. A furniture item should ideally be multi-purpose and easily movable to accommodate different learning activities.
 
Having the option to regularly change a classroom layout not only means different activities are easily catered to, but it also keeps the classroom fresh and different, creating an exciting and dynamic environment for students. A static classroom can soon feel same-old and stale.
 
Incorporate soft seating options like ottomans and bean bags, which are easily moved by pupils or teachers. Re-arrange tables and chairs into different configurations such as a U shape to facilitate group work. Don’t clutter the classroom with tables as they take up a lot of space and make encourage pupils to become confined to their seats. Consider height adjustable tables and chairs if different aged students will be using the space.
 
2. Create different spaces within a space
 
Within the open plan environment of a classroom, make every space a useable space by creating micro spaces such as reading nooks, individual spaces, group areas and places to think and explore. Students can be much more focused and work collaboratively because they can choose where and how they work to best suit them and their learning style.
 
3. Use furniture to encourage creative thinking
 
Whiteboard table tops are becoming increasingly popular to encourage creativity, along with the use of different colours in chairs and different shapes of tables.
 
4. Storage and stowage
 
Storage should maximise classroom space and allow teachers to be organised, as well as add colour and interest to the space. Consider storage that will be easy to access and look for furniture items that include storage such as teaching stations.
 
In terms of stowage, foldable tables and chairs that store compactly together are becoming more popular in creating flexible learning in a limited space.
 
5. Soft seating
 
Along with providing flexible layout solutions, soft seating such as sofas, ottomans and beanbags promote a collaborative, idea-sharing environment where pupils want to congregate.
 
6. Access to technology
 
As more and more devices are brought into the classroom, the need for charging points increases. Many modern furniture items now come with built-in charging outlets. These are especially handy in spots where pupils could spend a long amount of time such as couches, desks and throughout the library.
 
7. Robust, quality furniture which provides value for money
 
Students can be pretty rough and tumble with furniture so whatever options you choose need to be robust, sturdy and long-lasting. Our furniture comes with warranty periods and is built to last. Furniture is just one element of a classroom budget so blowing the budget isn’t an option. Items not only need to be affordable but also provide value for money by being functional and of high quality.

 

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