How choosing the right furniture; be it a tilt top table, a traditional office table or a conventional design using individual table legs and table bases, can affect productivity in the office as well as the classroom.
No one doubts the effect a well designed and welcoming environment can have on attitudes, stimulation and productivity. Something everybody from supermarket retailers to office designers have been conscious of and exploiting for many years. So why should classrooms and learning establishments be any different.
The reality is that in recent years, schools and colleges have been taking the opportunity to incorporate more radical changes when choosing new meeting room tables, but are opportunities for improvement being missed in the case of existing environments. Perhaps, by examining a range of additional factors there is an opportunity for improvements to be achieved in established classrooms and older premises.
Just as a poorly laid-out and cluttered high street store can confuse and deter shoppers, a well presented classroom can help children in particular, interpret the space available, aid their focus and develop discriminatory skills. Whereas too many posters, artwork and exhibits can be over stimulating and distracting to the child, similarly ill-defined spaces can make the classroom appear bewildering and disconcerting.
Working spaces that fit the individual are also a key factor to examine. Aside from simply ensuring tables and seating are the correct height for the age of the users, there is also the possibility to consider the size and mobility of classroom furniture to create more versatile spaces by including items such as tilt top tables and flexible meeting room tables. Just as in the office, the advent of modern technology such as flat screens displays and the use of laptops has influenced the trend towards smaller desks, incorporating pop-up consoles and keyboards with integrated power and data outlets, can also free-up desk space. This also avoids the need for dedicated IT areas or the handing out of equipment when the lesson topic demands.
Perhaps by approaching classroom layout and configuration in the same way as retailers, office designers and contemporary educationalists, a better learning environment can be created without the need to wait for the school to be rebuilt.
Parallels between the world of education and the traditional workspace are obvious with the choice of meeting room tables, office table’s directly affecting productivity and improving workflow. Break-out areas and informal workspaces can also be improved by selecting designs incorporating new style table legs and traditional table bases. Tilt top tables have always played a key role in the office allowing spaces to be reconfigured and repurposed for different needs.