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How Art Room Furniture Impacts Learning

by School Furnishings |July 1, 2019 |0 Comments | art classroom furniture, art room furniture, Blogs, classroom furniture, School Furnishings Blog | , , , , , , ,

At one point or another, we’ve sat through a class that did not hold our attention.  Maybe this was due to monotone lectures, lack of subject interest, or distractions.  Whatever the case may be, with a few additional touches, or changes, to the classroom décor, you can create an entirely new outlook for students.  This especially true for art room furniture.  This article will highlights how elements in the classroom can affect learning in ways you may have never considered.


Desks and Tables

Often overlooked in the art room setting, desks and tables make a significant impact on how productive a student may be.  For instance, several classrooms across the country utilize individual desks.  Although this type of seating structure is effective in many cases, it is not the best format in the art room.  A better option is a large square, or long rectangular, table that allows for group work.

Not all of us have a creative side, and that’s okay! Encouragement is essential to success for those who may struggle on the creative side.  However, due to large classroom sizes, teachers may not always be able to give individual attention to those students who need a little TLC.  With a table that creates a group setting, students can be around others that may inspire them. New ideas can spark, and conversations on how-to can be had. 

One of our favorite art tables here at School Furnishings is the Crafts & Project Workstation by Hann.  Not only is there ample room for multiple students to gather, but there’s also even more room for storage!



A chair is a chair, right? Unfortunately this is the thought of many, but shouldn’t be. Student seating has more effect on the ability to learn that one could imagine.  Now let’s imagine the art room.  It’s the first day of school, and you walk into a room with beige walls, typical dingy school flooring, brown desks, and the stereotypical seating.  Inspired yet? Now imagine walking into the same room that has blocks of tables for groups to gather, enhanced by seating with pops of color.  Even though there is a slight difference, the furniture makes a difference. 

Chairs are the easiest way to add interest and dynamic to a creative space.  For instance, Academia Furniture provides a variety of ergonomic chairs designed with your child’s imagination in mind. From red to purple, teal to lime, the possibilities ensure the spark of inspiration you’re looking to give your incoming students.


If you’re looking for a boost of inspiration for your students, consider updating your art room furniture.  Tables and chairs are only one way to bring new life to a lifeless room.  For more ideas and information, contact the experts at School Furnishings.  Working with all types of school and universities, we can help you find the solution your classroom needs.  Call us today at (603) 882-9418 and get your art room updated before the new school year starts!

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Why Your Cafeteria Tables Matter

by School Furnishings |June 1, 2019 |0 Comments | Blogs, cafeteria tables, School Furnishings, School Furnishings Blog, school furniture | , , , , , , , ,

Often overlooked, cafeteria tables play an important role in the overall aesthetic tone of the room.  Whether you’re looking to fill an elementary cafeteria or a high-end employee café, there is the perfect table for everyone.  However, before selecting the table, there are several factors to take into consideration.  At School Furnishings, we provide an array of furnishing options from the highest quality vendors.  Perfecting your space is our mission.


Folding Tables

A traditional choice, the rectangular table is the most commonly used table in cafeterias.  With single or bench seating, this style offers versatility as well as functionality.  Folding tables are ideal for multi-functioning spaces.  These tables not only store well but are easily moved from location to location.

Family Style Seating

We think about the dynamic of our table setting at home, why not carry that thought into the school cafeteria? Although family style may not be as popular as the bench style table, this type of seating can provide many benefits to the students.  For instance, an oval-shaped cafeteria table allows for better communication.  Providing the ability to seat 20% more students within the same space as a traditionally shaped table, an oval table aids in communication.  Facing one another, conversation with leaning over one another comes with ease and relaxation.

Further, these tables provide the same benefits as the traditional table when it comes to usability.  On wheels and easily folded, the oval cafeteria table stores easily.  Thus, cleaning floors and utilizing cafeteria space for other school activities can be done without the hassle of manipulating heavy, bulky furniture.

Contemporary Tables

Perhaps you are looking to design a modern space utilized by a smaller group of people.  If this is the case, considering a more contemporary style cafeteria table may better suit your needs.  With several options available in shapes and sizes, you can be sure your seating reflects your overall tone.  By further adding elements of color can help to accommodate the mood of the room.


If you’re in the market for new cafeteria tables or looking to redesign an existing space, contact the experts at School Furnishings.  Providing solutions for every industry, School Furnishings can help make your dream space come to life.  Visit them online today or contact them at (603) 882-9418.

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Why Choosing the Right Library Furniture is Imperative

by School Furnishings |April 1, 2019 |0 Comments | library furniture, School Furnishings, school furniture | , ,

Like technology, the library is constantly evolving. There are many considerations when it comes to choosing the proper library furniture for your learning environment.

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Student Engagement is the Key to Success

by School Furnishings |December 17, 2018 |0 Comments | art classroom furniture, Blogs, Classroom Furniture, maker space, School Furnishings Blog | , ,

When it comes to education, there is no substitute for student engagement. Having students actively participate in the decision making that impacts their education is a surefire way to get them involved. Simple decisions such as their surroundings and classroom furniture can get them engaged in what they are learning in a way that they weren’t before. This creates positive vibes in the classroom.

Create a Feeling of Autonomy

Letting students make decisions about their surroundings doesn’t mean holding every class outside on a beautiful day. Let students be involved in the set up of your makerspace. How your makerspace is set up is going to affect their daily lives. So, giving them some authority on how the classroom furniture is organized can provide them with a feeling of autonomy. Between September and June, students are going to spend the majority of their time in this makerspace, meaning their comfort is of vital importance.

Teachers Play Their Part

The engagement of the student isn’t the only factor that plays into a successful education. Teachers have to play their part in engagement as well. This means going beyond the simple grading of an essay. Your makerspace should be designed so the educator can go from student to student, or group to group to ask questions about their assignments and answer questions the students might have. This contributes to building the problem-solving skills of the students.

Interaction is a Real World Skill

Through interacting with students, educators help to build their real-world interaction skills. Allowing students to interact with your makerspace and their assignments gives them the hands-on experiences they can apply to areas outside the classroom. Creating, sharing ideas, organizing, and making mistakes are a part of everyday life. So, exposing your students to these tasks creates a well-rounded individual.

While the memorizing of facts and figures is another essential aspect of education, engagement is the key to unlocking a child’s potential. By allowing students to have a say in the space they occupy, you’re empowering them to interact with the makerspace and the learning materials on their terms. For classroom furniture, contact School Furnishings at 800-882-9418 or visit us online.

Art Classroom Aesthetics

by School Furnishings |November 17, 2018 |0 Comments | art classroom furniture, Blogs, Classroom Furniture, maker space, School Furnishings Blog | , , ,

Establishing a suitable art studio with functional art room furniture will the be the key to unleashing your students best work.

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Making a Media Center Comfortable

by School Furnishings |October 17, 2018 |0 Comments | Blogs, Classroom Furniture, library furniture, media center, School Furnishings Blog | , ,

Because the way we access information is changing, so should our library furniture. Here are a few tricks to making sure your media center is comfortable for your visitors.

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Making the Most of a Classroom

by School Furnishings |September 17, 2018 |0 Comments | Blogs, Classroom Furniture, School Desks, School Furnishings Blog | , ,

Throughout their childhood and adolescence, students spend nearly as much time in classrooms as they do at home. The same can be said for teachers. Because of this, classrooms are just as much living spaces as they are learning spaces. Just how students have different styles of learning and teachers have different styles of teaching, classrooms and classroom furniture should have different styles of design. Every aspect of the classroom’s design should have a purpose to optimize the students’ educations. This can be what you have on the walls to what furniture you have in your class to how that furniture is arranged. Here are some quick tips to make the most of a classroom.

Ask the Students

This can be one of the most effective ways of deciding how to design your classroom. Students usually know what best helps them focus at school. Ask them questions to gauge what helps them learn. Some students work better in groups, others individually. Make sure your classroom furniture is versatile. This allows you to switch up seating arrangements and change the setup of your classroom as needed throughout the year. A good design in September to help the students get to know each other may not be good for January midterms.

Switch Up Seating Style

This is where you get to have some fun. Some teachers are loyalists to row seating, others to group seating. Something to consider while setting up your classroom would be having different options for where students sit. By putting some desks into rows, some into groups, and some in a circle every student has a chance to choose a seat that is best for them. This also gives you options if students are working on different work. Should one need to retake a test, put them in a seat in the row. If some students need to finish up their group project, put them at the group table. This allows for versatility in how students interact and how you teach.

Create Different Spaces

Aside from having a variety of seating options, try to ration your classroom. By creating different spaces in the classroom all serving different purposes, you can stay organized and efficient. Something to think about would be what you want to happen in your classroom. Collaboration, creativity, and concentration are the building blocks of getting students involved in their education. If you have a space for collaborative work where students can talk and discuss, they’ll learn socialization and teamwork. If you have a space where they can explore their creativity, they learn to think outside of the box. Allowing a place for quiet and concentration gives students a chance to absorb and retain information. Having a space for each of these in a classroom guarantees success.


Organization of classroom furniture is key to the students’ success. Choosing the right furniture is the first step, and organizing that furniture is the second. In order to optimize the learning and comfort of a classroom, talk to your students, give them options, and give them their spaces. Start designing your classroom today and check out School Furnishings.

Why Choose School Furnishings?

by School Furnishings |August 17, 2018 |0 Comments | Blogs, Classroom Furniture, School Desks, School Furnishings Blog | , ,

Choosing the best furniture for you learning space can get complicated. You have so many decisions to make. You need to know what kind of desks to get, what other furniture you need to optimize learning, and how to organize that classroom furniture once you have it. School Furnishings has a wide variety of products and manufacturers for every learning space. With a dedication to customer service, School Furnishings will provide you with the best furniture in the industry and the best support along the way. Here are four more reasons School Furnishings in New England is the best choice for you.


School Furnishings has everything you need for a classroom. The best thing about School Furnishings is that they don’t just handle elementary school furniture. They have products to outfit any classroom K-12 as well as college and university classrooms. Whether you need desks and chairs, whiteboards or closets for storage, you can find what you need. They also have a selection of products specifically for science classrooms and art classrooms. This allows School Furnishings to help you with any of your classroom needs.

Beyond the Classroom

School Furnishings isn’t just prepared to help you with your classroom furniture. They have what you need to make sure your school is ready for students. Areas like cafeterias and libraries are just as important to the function of a school as classrooms. School Furnishings has a selection of cafeteria furniture and tables, sofas, and chairs for a library setting. For your hallway and locker room needs, School Furnishings has a selection of lockers to choose from. With a selection like this, School Furnishings prepares you for anything.


School Furnishings goes that extra step to help their customers. They work with a selection of preferred manufacturers in the industry. By working with these trusted manufacturers, School Furnishings makes it easier to get your hands on products they may not have readily available. If you see something from one of their preferred manufacturers they don’t already stock, they can order it for you. Manufacturers include DeBourgh, Masterlock, SurfaceTech, and many, many more.

Beyond the Schoolyard

Despite what the name may suggest, School Furnishings can help supply furniture for more than just school settings. They carry a selection of products for office spaces and correctional facilities as well. By working with manufacturers such as ABCO, Global Total Office, and Indiana Furniture, School Furnishings ensures you get the best products available at great prices. Learning doesn’t stop in the classroom, and neither does School Furnishings.

Classroom furniture is an important investment. Choosing the best products for your learning and working environments should be easy. Check out School Furnishings’ full line of products and manufacturers online or give them a call today!

History of the Desk

by School Furnishings |March 18, 2014 |0 Comments | School Furnishings Blog | , , , , , , ,

Long glorified as the place to dip girls’ pigtails into the ink, a place to doodle, and a place to get a solid education, the humble desk has a rather interesting history.

Before the 1880s

Most kids didn’t go to school. If they did get a formal education, they received it at home on adult-sized desks, in schools on lecture tables or plain benches with no desk at all.

1880: The Fashion Desk

John Loughlin in Ohio invented the first school desk which became very popular. They attached to one another and were usually big enough to sit two or three children. Notice the ubiquitous inkwell. Apparently, the name was a result of a media campaign surrounding his invention. The United States enacted public school laws around this time which contributed to Loughlin’s success.


Photo credit: Ed Tech Magazine

Photo credit: Ed Tech Magazine


1920s: The Next Generation

As education evolved from writing on slate from primers to writing papers and owning textbooks, a need for a place for students to stash their things grew. Likewise, school desks evolved from fancy benches to personal desks with either raise-able lids or cubby holes underneath the tops.

This style continued well into the 1960s when manufacturers began to prefer steel and chrome to more expensive wood and iron designs (Notice the pretty teal color in the 1960s American Desk). Photo credits: Ed Tech Magazine

1970s: The Modern Era

The ’70s saw the advent of the modern plastic, fiberboard, and chrome wrap-around desks still in use in many areas today. The desk features a basket underneath to store books (and presumably book bags). Proponents of ergonomics argue that left-handed students suffer from the right-hand-centric design. Although there are left-handed designs available, sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough in the classrooms to go around.

Photo Credit: Academia Furniture

Photo Credit: Academia Furniture



Today there are as many options as ever. From elementary to collegiate settings, from directed reading tables to study cubicles, you can find any style of desk, table, chair, or combo sets in almost any color to suit your needs. Emphasis is on promoting collaborative learning, space-saving designs, and multi-functionality.

Collaborative learning desks arranged in hexagon.

Collaborative learning desks arranged in hexagon.

If you want to see more, be sure to visit your premiere School Furnishings provider where you can find thousands of products for your big or small school, study center, or library.


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