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School Desk Buyer's Guide

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Choosing desks for the students in the classroom is an important decision. Learning environments are a major part of information retention. Finding desks that match the type of learning taking place in the classroom is an investment in student success. Here are some helpful tips in choosing the most appropriate style school desk.

Open Front

Open front desks are the most popular in the elementary classroom because of their versatility. Features include adjustable legs and convenient storage under the desktop. Tops are generally rectangular and can have a laminate or solid plastic writing surface. The book box can be metal, plastic, or clearview (allowing no hidden objects). Clearview desks feature metal framing for students to store books, but does not allow for easy storage of small items like erasers.

Types of Open Front School Desks


While metal book boxes may last longer, the plastic ones offer a variety of color choices without the risk of paint scratches and are quieter in a classroom of busy students. Plastic ones also tend to be slightly lighter, which is good if you change your classroom setup regularly. Options include double open fronts for two students; this style may feature boxes under each side of the desk or a vertical center block with stacking compartments. U-braces are a feature of some desks for additional strength.


Lift Lid

Lift Lid School Desk

A lift lid desk allows students to have a better view and access to the contents inside the desk without removing the materials because the tops are hinged and lift easily. There are benefits and drawbacks to this configuration. The plus is that students will not be able to play with items stored in their open-front desks during lecture because there is not an opening. Current models also prevent small fingers from becoming caught between the lid and compartment. The con is that students may disrupt others’ constantly lifting and closing their desk lid repeatedly during class.



Combo Desks and Chair Desks

Combo chair desks often used in high school or college settings to create neat rows and minimize the overall furniture pieces required in a space. While more difficult to move, these desks can also be arranged at will for collaboration in the classroom. The writing surface on the combo unit is larger than that of a chair desk providing more flexibility for student work in a classroom setting.

 

Types of Combo School Chair Desks

Options for the combo desks are sled based, and double entry used for both right and left-handed students. Construction of both types of desks can be laminate tops and soft plastic seats or solid plastic tops and seats. There are many variations of the combo and chair desks units. Look at a variety of options before committing to one, as each is well suited for certain purposes. Combo and chair desks can also offer additional rows of seating when the desks are flush to a wall.


Collaborative Learning Desks

New in the marketplace and growing rapidly are the newly designed collaborative desks, which offer a variety of shapes, including trapezoids, hexagons, octagons, and arcs. Collaborative learning environments are creating the need for desks that can be used individually, in pairs, small groups, semi-circles, or full circles as the lesson plans dictate.

Types of Collaborative Learning Desks


Look at some options that allow for students to move individual desks into a circle for collaboration and then back apart for tests and other individual assignments. The lightweight designs allow for most students to easily move their desks as necessary. Innovative designs that have recently come out include dry erase tops for collaborative desks. Encourage students in groups to brainstorm together with dry erase markers on their desks. Some designs feature desks will fit together perfectly into a singular table for work, unlike other break-apart collaborative designs.


Science Workstations

Example of Science Workstation Desk
Depending on the needs of your science class, there are a number of different options for student desk setups. From wheelchair access to single person and collaborative desks with sinks and faucets, there is a science workstation that will fit the needs of your students. All science workstation surfaces are made with chemical resistant finishes to protect workspaces while students explore the world of science. Younger students may benefit from adjustable height science desks that are also resistant to chemicals.



Stand-Up Desks

Stand-up desks have had some success stories in the younger school classrooms where excess student energy can cause a problem. The standing height desks allow students to expel energy without having them lose focus on their studies. Stand-up desks are also popular in office workspaces where employees find back and neck relief while performing certain tasks at a standing position.

Types of Stand-Up Desks


Whether choosing desks for a class of first graders or college graduate students, school desks that are correctly measured will enhance a student's ability to concentrate and learn; it is important to choose wisely and consider all the options.

If you have any questions regarding the school student desks sold on the WorthingtonDirect website, please contact our knowledgeable customer service team at 800-599-6636 or email [email protected].


 

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