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12 Things to Remember When Buying School Furniture

When selecting furniture for your school, think about creating learning environments that are flexible and how you can create learning spaces which can be easily reconfigured to suit different methods of teaching. Pick furniture with modular designs that can be moved around to create various settings. This can revitalize the traditional classroom and enhance students’ learning.

01 flexibility

When you are choosing school furniture, take into consideration designing flexible learning spaces and the ways you can design areas for learning that are easily reconfigured to accommodate different methods of teaching. Choose furniture that has modular designs that can be moved around to create various settings. This can revitalize the traditional classroom, and improve the learning experience.

02 research

A little bit of investigation into the durability and quality of the furniture can yield dividends in the long haul as your furniture is likely to last for a long time. Check out the guarantees of the manufacturer on the products and the components they provide and pick products based on durability, strength and durability (not just on looks)! Manufacturers usually provide test sheets with all of their products when requested.

03 Quality is what counts

School furniture that is high-quality, where design and research has been put into the product, could provide health benefits to the user (where seating is designed to support good posture for instance) and can even have the health and safety benefits (such as anti-tilt chairs for instance). Consider these factors when choosing furniture for your college, school or classroom.

04 After-Care

What is the after-care services provided by the supplier and/or the manufacturer of the product you’re buying? Examine the warranty provided by the manufacturer for every item, since this can vary from manufacturer to the manufacturer, and from product to product. If you’ve got a good relationship with your supplier, they should be looking after you in terms of choosing your order, delivery, installation, and resolving any issues including damaged items or delivery dates and returns, etc..

05 Shop around

Look around for the best value for money when ordering your furniture. Traditional buying groups may not be the cheapest and web-based shopping is opening up the world of school furniture which can be easily selected and buy and priced very competitively. Like any other market, shopping is a good idea.


Make use of providers who offer design services for example, CAD designs for classrooms, lunch halls and reception areas and other floorplan layout services where your provider can complete the layout for you. This service can be provided for either for free or at a low cost since furniture providers are looking to bid on and be awarded jobs to furnish your school.

Inspect the furniture is available, or if the items are made-to-order are they able to be made within the timeframe you require? Lead times during summer for placing an order for furniture can increase due to the large volume of orders that are received during the summer holiday season (June between June and September) Therefore, if possible, avoid ordering in this timeframe or be sure to place your order plenty of time when furniture is required for start of the school year.
08 high

Be sure to order the right height for chairs and tables. There are different age groups that have different height requirements for table or chair levels. Recent European recommendations have standardised the size of school tables and chairs . correct sizing will have the health benefits and ergonomic advantages to create the ideal learning environment.

09 samples

Make use of the suppliers and manufacturers that provide examples of products such as chairs or tables. You can test the product prior to purchasing in quantity, giving you confidence in the product before spending the budget for school. For a range of custom items, you may request samples like polypropylene sample swatches of chairs as well as table laminate colour swatches and vinyl or fabric Swatch cards for seating, which allow you to view as well as feel the colour and materials you might choose to order.

10 it’s all in the details

Be sure to order the exact furniture you require. One range of tables might have 6 different sizes, with various laminate tops in different colours, three different colour options for the edges as well as two different frame colour options! Make a mistake at the time of placing an order and the outcome could cost you in terms of time and cost. A thorough and precise approach at this stage is vital. A significant portion of school furniture is made-to order, which includes tables, seating and storage and so an accurate specification is vital.

11 delivery

Make sure the item is in stock, or if the items are made-to order is it possible to manufacture them in time? The lead time for summertime ordering furniture can extend due to the volume of orders coming in and during the summer holiday season (June to September) therefore, if you can, avoid ordering in this timeframe or be sure to place your order ample time if furniture is required for the start of the school term.

12 contact details

Be sure to provide numbers and contact names to your supplier in advance so that someone can be alerted and available whenever the manufacturer has to arrange a delivery date. One contact phone number isn’t always sufficient! If that number is in use or busy, and your delivery person is waiting at the school gates with an entire lorry full of furniture the driver may be forced to leave the area and return later. This isn’t necessary and costly. The need to provide contact numbers and names is particularly important in summer holiday periods where it’s usually just the caretaker or and a couple of others at the school, and the normal reception staff aren’t in place.