Going to school is one of the primary rights of children. It prepares them for their lives ahead, and because of this, schooling often use up a lot of their time each day, five times a week, Because of this, many, if not all students, spend a lot of time in school sitting, or walking with their heavy bags. These all affect their posture and comfort, eventually affecting their students as well. This is why experts believe that student classroom furniture needs to be ergonomic as well—if office workers need proper seats to provide comfort and avoid strain while working, so do students.
Some schools have started making changes in school classroom furniture by switching to high furniture, tilt tables, and even sit-stand furniture. They believe that it will improve their students’ performance because their bodies are comfortable and they could focus on their work better.
Adjustable Furniture for Increased Comfort
Students come in different body types. Some are taller than others, some have longer limbs, or may need greater working space, and because of that, schools cannot expect them to fit and be comfortable in a single type of chair and table. Therefore, adjustable chairs and tables would allow students to change their seating and work space for them to be able to study more comfortably. If they are comfortable, then they can focus on the more important things.
Function over Form
Because many activities nowadays encourage collaboration among students, their chairs and tables should be tools in doing this as well. Therefore, furniture should be flexible enough to be moved to different areas in the classroom or from different seating arrangements so that students are free to move and are not confined in their seats.
Students are individuals, with their own preferences, level of comfort, and learning styles. Because of this, students must be given the liberty to study in a position they are comfortable with.
Educators should not forget that learners are individuals with unique preferences and learning styles, and given the right furniture, they can be more comfortable at school, thus improving their concentration and school performance.