Although designers and clients focus attention on the functional and spatial design of schools, furniture can often be overlooked. However, furniture is an integral part of the usability of learning environments.
The right types of furniture can support spatial flexibility and adaptability and enhance student agency, objectives which most schools aspire to. However, issues such as lack of understanding of the importance of furniture as a learning resource in tandem with a focus on immediate costs rather than long-term benefits can lead to reduced functionality of learning spaces.
This article discusses some of the challenges around furniture procurement and proposes how this process can be improved.
Education EQ (March 2022)
Furniture Is a Critical Learning Resource, Here’s How School Leaders Can Nail Its Selection
Authors: Janet Vogels and Dr Fiona Young