Student Desks: How to Choose the Right One
Student desks are pivotal in shaping the learning environment and influencing student outcomes. They provide a designated workspace where students can focus on their studies, engage in collaborative activities, and develop academic skills.
Choosing the right student desks requires careful consideration of several factors that can significantly impact student comfort, productivity, and overall well-being. Here are some of the main aspects to consider when choosing the next desks for your classroom:
1. Thinking on the Students
- Student Age: Tailor your desk selection to the specific needs of different age groups. Younger students may require smaller desks with a lower height, while older students may need larger desks with high adjustable features.
- Student Needs: Consider the specific needs of students with disabilities or learning challenges. Choose desks that accommodate individual requirements, such as wheelchair accessibility or specialised features for sensory sensitivities.
Size: Desk size ensures proper ergonomics and prevents posture-related issues. Measure the student's elbow height from the floor to determine the ideal desk height. The desk should allow the student's elbows to rest at a 90-degree angle when seated.
2. Thinking on the Teachers
- Teaching Methodology: Align desk selection with the teaching methodology. For instance, for group-oriented teaching, choose desks that can be easily rearranged; in the case of technology-focused learning, consider desks with built-in features like tablet holders and power outlets.
- Shape: Rectangular desks are traditional and suitable for learning spaces focused on individual tasks. On the contrary, Curved desks can foster collaboration and encourage group learning. Here are some examples of how the desks can be adjusted to each space:
3. Thinking in the Classroom
- Durability: Student desks undergo daily wear and tear, so choose desks made from high-quality materials like wood tops or metal frames. Our desks, for example, are manufactured in Australia, which allows us to keep a close eye on quality and have up to 10 years of warranty.
- Available Space: Be sure to properly assess the available space in the classroom and select desks that fit comfortably without compromising movement. We understand how difficult this process can be, so we often visit our clients' sites to help them organise the space.
Keep in mind some additional considerations to having a learning space cohesive and clean:
- Aesthetics: The desks, although important, are only a part of the learning space. Choose furniture that complements the classroom design and creates a visually appealing learning environment. Our designer can create a visual proposal for you to envision your space setting, colours and overall aesthetics.
- Sustainability: Consider environmentally friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing practices when selecting desks.
- Safety: Ensure desks comply with safety regulations and are free from potential hazards like sharp edges or pinch points. Our Ealy Learning Range is a great example, as it is specially designed for younger kids and its safety.
- Maintenance: Choose desks that are easy to clean and maintain to ensure longevity and contribute to an organised and tidy learning environment.
Student desks play a crucial role in shaping the learning environment and influencing student outcomes. Educators can select desks that promote comfort, productivity, and collaboration by carefully considering factors such as student age, needs, and teaching methodology.
- Karen Rodriguez