With all the pressure to produce bright, dynamic, and intelligent school children, you can hardly blame some school administrators for neglecting to focus on the quality of their school furniture.
Research shows, however, that the learning environment greatly affects children’s successes inside the classroom. Some people may not see the connection right away, but tight and uncomfortable school desks have a negative impact on students’ performances.
To help you ensure a conducive learning environment, it's important that you consider some factors when getting new school desks.
Children and teenagers have different musculoskeletal structures from adults, so school furniture must not just be miniature versions of what you would find in an office. The growing number of musculoskeletal disorders in children, however, should be a sign that you need to address this area thoroughly.
Health and Safety
All school furniture must meet health standards and must have zero levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and dangerous chemicals such formaldehyde. Also, desks must, as much as possible, be manufactured in one piece, as those that have small parts may wear out in the future and expose the students to the risk of injury.
The U.S. curriculum continues to expand to accommodate more dynamic and cooperative learning strategies, which means students must be able to move their desks and chairs around to provide room for these activities. Consider buying desks with lockable caster wheels for this purpose.
Durability and Cost
Classroom desks are subject to a lot of hard use, which means you have to invest in sturdy, durable desks that will pay for themselves in the long run. Otherwise, you run the risk of having to pay more for maintenance or replacement costs or possibly having students injured.
The quality of your classroom furniture ultimately impacts the quality of education children are receiving. High-quality classroom desks must have a good ergonomic design, meet health standards, accommodate evolving classroom experiences, and must be durable enough or high-impact use.