Educational/Classroom Furniture Buying Guide

As an educator, you're tasked with making many important decisions, one of which may be which types of new or used educational and classroom furniture to purchase for your school. With so many furniture options out there, selecting which pieces of furniture to purchase can be a hard decision, but we can help.

According to the George Lucas Educational Foundation, an organization that works to improve the learning process of students in grades K through 12, well-planned classrooms make a difference. At OSI Outlet we offer a wide selection of educational and classroom furniture for you to choose from. By doing your research and carefully choosing chairs, desks, tables, and more, you can help foster a happy and healthy environment for your staff and students. Here are some important things to take in to consideration while on your search.

Comfort is Key

All too many schools lack comfort when comfort should really be the number one of educators in purchasing new or used educational and classroom furniture. The George Lucas Educational Foundation noted in the article"A Comfortable Truth: Well-Planned Classrooms Make a Difference" that a considerable body of research about environmental design shows the positive effect comfort can have on learning, human productivity, and creativity.

As a comfortable seating option for students, we recommend SmartLink Seating by Hon. The line supports the way students move. While sitting in the flexible chairs, they can easily turn around, sit sideways, lean back, and stay comfortable and more focused for longer periods of time. Additionally, the seats are lightweight, which makes moving them around easy. Some seats in the line are stackable. 4 leg chairs are available in 12 inches, 14 inches, 16 inches, and 18 inches to accommodate students (and teachers) in grades K through 12.

Height plays a big role in comfort. We recommend selecting seating as follows:

Grades Pre-K and K: 12 inches Grades 1 and 2: 14 inches
Grades 3 and 4: 16 inches Grades 5 through 12: 18 inches

Do Durable

In addition to comfort, you will want to select furniture that is durable. Year after year, your students will heavily be using the furniture you purchase. Purchasing durable furniture will save you money in the long run. Furniture that is durable and made well is more likely to tolerate frequent use as opposed to furniture that is made poorly.

Two ways to tell if furniture is durable are by:

1. Examining it. How does it look? How does it feel? Does it seem to be sturdy? Is it made with high-quality materials?

2. Seeking out reviews. With the age of the Internet, it is easy to find product reviews. Utilize the Internet to see what others are saying about the pieces of furniture you have your eye on.

Pick Pieces with Purpose

Classroom desks come in all different shapes and sizes. Consider which activities your students will be engaging in and the types of environments you want to foster. With strict budgets to stick to, your selections should even more so, have a specific purpose. As part of purpose, think about placement. The layout of classroom and cafeteria furniture should invite students to communicate with each other.

We recommend:

AlphaBetter Deskswith a Book Box by Safco

SmartLink Student Desks
by Hon

Cafeteria Tablesby Hon

This desk is ideal for students in grades 3 to 12. It can easily be adjusted from 26 inches to 42 inches, allowing students to sit or stand in the classroom. It has a swinging footrest for added comfort. Plus, it is made with a steel frame with a black powder coat finish, so you can bet it is durable.

These classroom desks are great for creating dynamic environments where students can learn in groups.

Hon makes these versatile, fold-up mobile cafeteria tables that are GREENGAURD certified. They are made with a high strength steel frame. Equipped with a durable 3/4 inch laminate top and bench, they are engineered to withstand years of use.

For even more help choosing new or used educational and classroom furniture for your school, contact us.