Creating High-Performance Learning Environments
Classroom furniture is the foundational building block of a quality learning environment. Seating must be comfortable and durable. Work surfaces must be adequate to specific tasks - note-taking, laptop computer use, experiments, etc. Beyond these functional aspects, the classroom image portrayed correlates to student perception of your performance expectations. An attractive, highly functional, quality environment tells them you expect excellence.
Space & Capacity
Furniture must provide the right fit for the desired solution while maximizing space.
- Rooms with only one entrance/exit can, per fire code, accommodate a maximum of 49 students.
- Rooms planned for 75 students or more usually benefit from Fixed Seating solutions.
- Seating facing the narrow wall creates optimal viewing for audio/visuals.
- Seating facing the wide wall provides maximum front-of-room instructional area for a more intimate atmosphere.
Tablet Arm Chairs
Tables and Chairs
50 - 100 sq. ft.
16 - 19 sq. ft. per student
22 - 32 sq. ft. per student
11 - 15 sq. ft. per student
17 - 22 sq. ft. per student
Example with Continuous Table/Chairs: 40 students = 900 sq. ft. room - 100 sq. ft. instructor space /20 sq. ft. per student
Student Seating Capacity = Total square footage of room minus 50-100 square feet of instructor space, divided by the square footage per student (depending on type of furniture to be used).
Recommendations for Seating Specification
18" to 24"
32" to 36" per student
40" to 48" per student with a fixed desktop computer
6" to 7"
50" to 57"
(18" to 24" for table / 32" to 35" for chair)