A sturdy classroom desk is the most basic type of education furniture. Though desks were historically designed to also hold the student’s books, papers and school supplies, contemporary schools are beginning to implement mobile study environments. So, instead of learners remaining at one desk and in a classroom, they move from room to room and bring their supplies with them. That mobility removes the need for desks with drawers or storage compartments.
Creativity tables are typically multi-functional and can be used for everything from basic arts and crafts work to comprehensive group project meetings at the senior and secondary levels. Younger students will find a work space big enough to accommodate their projects while older students can use them for study sessions and larger projects.
Naturally, older and larger students are going to need larger tables while younger, primary students will require smaller tables that are comfortable and at the appropriate height level. Also, if you plan to use the creativity table for potentially messy activities, look for one that can be easily washed and disinfected.
Typically science tables are higher and offer a clean work surface that can be easily swept and disinfected. They should also come with non-skid, adjustable legs to ensure a level work surface that won’t move or skid during an important experiment. Depending on your school, science lab or education furniture needs, you may want a table that includes drawers or space for books and lab supplies.
Task chairs for children should be appropriately sized and ergonomically correct. Rather than relying on a hard plastic chair, children’s computer chairs should be high enough to bring their arms above desk level, but low enough to either let their feet sit flat on the floor or offer a foot support.
As schools race into the technology age, computers are fast becoming a must-have for libraries, classrooms, computer labs and common areas. However, along with research computers, educational institutions also need computer desks or workstations. When buying a computer desk, look for one that can be adjusted, is comfortable and offers security and storage to both tuck away wires and also lock in valuable components.
Besides standard computer desks, schools might want to include laptop workstations as part of their education furniture purchases. Because so many students are starting to bring personal laptops to school to take notes and complete their homework, having laptop-ready desks in the classrooms and the libraries can be a great solution.