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School Chairs

School chairs are one of the most used furniture pieces in any school and must be durable to handle heavy use in any educational setting. There are many colors and styles available, but you should also consider their construction to ensure a happy fit with your school chair purchase.

SEAT HEIGHT: School chairs are not always one-size-fits-all and can be uncomfortable for a student if it is too big or too small. Below is a suggested chair size chart to give you guidelines for measuring up your student's age to match their average chair size. As noted, a percentage of students may fall into two chair sizes, we suggest always rounding up to the larger size as a slightly larger chair would be more comfortable than a chair that is slightly too small.

School chair heights are listed as the measurement from the floor to the highest point on the chairs' seat pan. (Not the overall height of the chair as a whole) This measurement should closely match the same measurement from your student's mid-knee to the floor. The video below demonstrates the proper way to measure a classroom chair and your student's average chair height.


SEAT MATERIAL: Look for classroom chairs in three types of seat construction: soft plastic, hard plastic or wood. Depending on budget and the overall look that is desired, one of these three materials will be the perfect fit.

Soft plastic school chairs are the most common style of classroom chairs and are often referred to as polypropylene or polyethylene. These lightweight chairs can come in a fantastic array of colors and are priced for high volume needs when outfitting an entire classroom or school. Most soft-plastic school chairs have metal frames to make them a durable option on any budget.

Hard plastic school chairs are an upgrade from soft-plastic chairs as they feature resin or thermoset plastic seat and backs designed to look great for years to come in any active classroom. Solid plastic chairs are generally are more expensive than soft plastic chairs, but are a worthwhile investment if your budget allows.

Wood school chairs offer a classic look for any traditional school setting. Wooden classroom chairs are very durable and still are available in a range of sizes and even colors.

FRAME FINISH: Chrome is the standard frame finish on most school chairs. This is a very durable finish that resists scratches and stay new looking for years. If you are looking to add more color to your school, powder-coat frames come in a variety of colors and can sometimes reduce the chair cost. Mirage is a relatively new option that is created in a more eco-friendly manufacturing process than chrome, while providing a durable silver frame finish.

LEG STYLE: Classroom chairs are available with three different styles of legs. Glides are most commonly used, but chairs with casters and sled bases can also be useful.

Glides are the most come school chair 'foot' that are often self-leveling and come with a nylon, felt or steel pad that rest on the floor. Nylon glides are beneficial in reducing excess noise on tile or linoleum floors and are also a snag-free option for carpeted floors. Felt glides are often requested for schools with newer tile floors that need extra protection from scratching. Ask your sales rep about felt glide options. Many preschool chairs come with colored plastic balls as 'feet' that provide an extra pop of color while protecting your classroom floor.

Casters are wheels that allow a chair to become mobile. Chairs with casters are ideal in computer labs and for teacher's chairs so that they can move from student to student easily.

Sled bases are created when the school chair's frame creates two continuous loops on each side of the chair and are ideal for carpeted surfaces. These chair legs have more contact with the floor and are often thought to keep students from leaning their chairs back on two legs.

STACKABILITY: If chairs are moved from room to room on a regular basis or used in a space that serves a dual function, consider a chair that is easy to stack. Stackable chairs come either with separate backs and seats (two-piece) or with the seats and backs combined (one-piece).

If you have any questions regarding the classroom chairs sold on the Worthington Direct website, please contact our knowledgeable customer service team at 800-599-6636 or email [email protected].

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