Flexibility, Mobility, Adaptability
Furniture is more than a way to fill space.
It contributes to the overall engagement, retainment, and success of our students.
Mobility can be used to encourage collaboration or to create distance as needed. It makes it easier for custodial staff to vacate a space and for teachers to move furniture and equipment to new locations.
Flexible seating allows for the natural, autonomous movements the human body requires. These micro-movements are even more important in an environment where children are less likely to be able to move about a classroom.
Desk-independent seating provides maximum flexibility while encouraging proper ergonomics and eliminating issues associated with handedness.
The same may be said for standing-height solutions and workstations. Students, if in a classroom, can foster better posture and improve work in standing-optional workspaces.
Schools allowing the return of students are often doing so under guidelines that limit the number of students in a given space at a time. For this to work, each classroom will have to allow easy movement and rearrangement of furniture.
Furniture solutions that nest or are easily stackable are easier to store, while mobile furnishings allow for easy reconfiguration and transfer from one space to another.
Seating with movement is as key now as it was before COVID-19. Mobile furniture does double-duty: it encourages the natural movement that the human body needs, while making it easier to implement and practice essential health measures.
FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY
Today’s climate underscores what we’ve known for years: educational spaces need to be able to respond to changing requirements and unexpected obstacles. We call this future-proofing – or designing the classroom of the future.
Schools that can respond quickly to change are often the most successful.
Making sure you’re well equipped with furniture that can evolve alongside the shifting needs we encounter over time is paramount.
Make big picture decisions when selecting what will fill your spaces. What pieces can evolve to different layouts, or adapt to different learning styles?
Choose pieces that can help foster collaboration – regardless of physical distance.