Try to have as much storage as possible. Even with limited space there are some very clever storage solutions out there. Make storage within easy reach for the children and in relevant places, e.g. books near the soft seating corner.
Give each child their own personal storage space. This will help with a sense of belonging and will give them somewhere to keep their things tidy. We offer a large range of classroom storage for all classroom layouts.
When designing a classroom you should consider visual stimulation as well as the layout of your furniture.
It is important to find the right balance with visual stimulation – if there is too much to take in it affects our thinking; children are distracted, confused and over-stimulated which is detrimental to learning. However, too little visual stimulation with plain walls and no displays can result in under-stimulating the class.
Colour is important. Different colours can affect feelings and emotions so think about the best colours to use in your room. Bright colours can be exciting and fun, more muted tones are calmer. A lot of our classroom furniture is available in various colours so you can mix and match to find what works best for you.
Classroom displays should be fun, simple, clear and appropriate to the age group. Don’t make a display too cluttered or busy and leave some display space for children’s work – they love to see their achievements and show parents. We provide a wide range of notice boards and display boards for schools which are perfect for classroom displays.
Perhaps most importantly you must think about safety in your classroom:
- Arrange tables, chairs and other furniture so that everyone can move around safely.
- Ensure all exit routes are clear and doorways and windows are free from obstructions.
- Make sure all areas are visible and no-one can hide away.
Classroom layout is about getting the balance right. You should experiment and have fun with your classroom to find what works for you and your class.