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Furniture in the Classroom has Purpose, Not Just Functionality

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January 14, 2013

Furniture in the Classroom has Purpose, Not Just Functionality

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

In the call center space, the layout of a call center room can have a significant impact on not only agents and employees, but the overall environment and workflow. Furniture should have a purpose, not just serve as objects that hold computers and people. The same idea transcends beyond call centers and offices. The way call center furniture has an impact on how people perform, so it can also affect the performance of students in a classroom.

There are a bevy of books on the art of furniture layout, some even turn to feng shui, the Chinese system of geomancy that improves life, but the bottom line is that when it comes to the classroom, we’re no longer dealing with rows of desks and assigned seating. Technology has won its way into the classroom, and instead of cubbies and workstations, we’re seeing computer desks, technology enrichment areas, smartboards and other tools that will further help students achieve mastering their subjects. The furniture in classrooms is no longer just a functional device; it serves a higher purpose.

Contrax deals exactly with this issue. As educational furniture consultants, their focus is on “High Impact Environment,” meaning something that lives with the student through their entire academic life. Furniture may seem like such an insignificant variable in the overall process, but really, it does have an effect on academic performance. Contrax believes that the learning space is changing for students, and using the right furniture, particularly furniture that can move, can have a lasting impact in a positive way.

Working with products from Interior Concepts, a provider of call center, education and office furniture, means that Contrax can extend to its clients a host of options that best suit their needs. Interior Concepts knows that by working with existing architecture, more people can fit comfortably in one space, maximizing every square foot. This way of design is not exclusive to call centers or offices, but it’s essential to education as well.

With schools, tax dollars are often on the line and it is up to school boards and administrations to keep every dollar spent in check. Furniture is a big expenditure for education, as it is the #1 non-residential buildings market for both new construction and renovation projects. For schools on a budget, investing in furniture that is both flexible and has a positive impact on the overall environment will go a long way.

Whether it’s enhancing S.T.E.M. and lab furniture or instructor desks, flexible furniture helps educators use the space they have wisely and in ways that suit their growing needs.

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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