If you work in education, have you ever considered the role school furniture plays in your student’s success?
It stands to reason that if students are comfortable and supported, then they will be more alert and engaged in what’s going on in the classroom.
We’re going to take a closer look at how your choice of classroom chairs can influence students, their ability to concentrate and, ultimately, their results.
The right school furniture has a positive impact on learning
School furniture can impact how well students learn. Lightweight, easy-to-use desks and chairs for primary school students are the best choice, as they allow students to transition with ease between group activities.
That’s because quality classroom furniture helps students feel at home, relaxed and receptive to learning, which in turn leads to better performance.
It also helps students to interact and collaborate with each other, promoting team and collaborative learning. These are essential skills that any student will need throughout their school career to develop into the most proactive learners.
One size doesn’t fit all!
In academic settings, you should also know that one size doesn’t fit all! We know that each child’s learning style is unique to them — and so too is their body shape, size and height.
That’s why you should choose adjustable desks and chairs for your students. No child will be able to concentrate fully on their tasks if they are feeling uncomfortable sitting on furniture that’s too big or too small for them. As with office furniture, prolonged sitting on incorrectly sized school chairs may lead to lower back pain, which can affect children’s ability to learn.
In schools, ergonomically designed student chairs, stools, tables and workstations can help to promote good posture and prevent back pain.
Adjustable desks and student chairs allow children to sit comfortably and in a way that supports their growing bodies, freeing them to focus fully on what’s going on in the classroom. It also means that other students aren’t distracted by their classmates moving around to get into a comfy position, so everyone wins!
Stackable chairs make for a well-designed learning space
A well-designed, flexible and welcoming space is the ideal basis for modern learning environments.
It’s all about being creative about the space you have available and sourcing the most flexible furniture for the classroom that allows you to maximise space — and learning opportunities too!
One way to achieve this is to choose stackable classroom chairs which can be easily stored away when not in use. These sturdy and practical chairs are ideal for classroom learning and can be stacked 50 high; you can even purchase optional connectors and trolleys to make transforming your classroom seamless.
Functionality for various academic settings
Education experts agree that the ideal classroom has plenty of open space to allow for movement.
The reason behind this rationale is that nowadays we are more aware of different teaching and learning styles. For example, some students are ‘kinesthetic learners’. This means that they link learning to physical activity, so they may learn best by walking around the classroom. Stackable student chairs allow you to open up this space to students.
Moving while seated can also benefit this type of learner. Introducing swivel chairs to the classroom helps you achieve this goal, allowing students to find the most comfortable position for them that’s not fixed and lets them learn in the most natural and efficient way possible.
Flexible, adaptable school furniture
As teaching and learning become more flexible, so should the classroom environment. This extends to education furniture, with features such as flexibility and adaptability becoming all the more important.
As we’ve seen, adjustable chairs are essential to enable students to feel comfortable and supportive in the classroom and to promote learning.
Ergonomic student chairs that flex to learning styles and individual students’ needs are the best choice. They’re comfortable enough to allow students to be seated for extended periods and promote good posture too so that they benefit both inside and outside the classroom. Look for features such as air lumbar support and adjustable footrests to optimise comfort and practicality.
Flexible classroom furniture also means items that are lightweight enough to be moved easily, can be stacked to save space and can even be collapsed to make the absolute most out of the area available.
This means that spaces can be used for any age of children and for a wide range of activities, whether they’re seated or involve moving around the classroom.
Designed to last — and look good too!
There are a couple more features that school furniture should offer if it’s to give students the best learning experience.
It’s got to be practical enough to withstand the stresses and strains of daily use. Look for quality materials such as an engineered steel frame and hardwearing fabric or vinyl upholstered seats to ensure your education furniture lasts and lasts.
Wipe-clean surfaces are also a must to ensure hygiene and infection control standards.
And not only should your classroom furniture last, but it should also fit in with the décor of your classroom. Creating an environment that students enjoy and want to be in is crucial to their learning success.
So look for seating ranges that offer a choice of colours and fabric options to create a stylish learning space for your school, college or university.
Supporting you and your students every step of the way
If you want your students to achieve their potential, they must feel comfortable and supported in every possible way. This applies to their learning space and environment, from primary schools and universities to libraries and tech labs.
Provide your students with flexible, adaptable and comfortable school chairs and you are providing them with exactly the right environment for learning and progression.
Want to know more about helping your students reach their full potential through choosing the right classroom furniture?
Find the perfect school furniture at Arteil
Arteil offer a wide variety of school and education chairs to suit every learning environment, from classroom settings, libraries and tech labs, to stools, computer chairs and desks. Our chairs are comfortable and durable, perfect for long days of classes or studying.
Arteil’s classroom chairs are designed to provide maximum comfort and support, to help students stay focused and engaged in their studies. With a wide range of styles and colours available, Arteil has the perfect chair to suit any learning space.