So what is Graduated Movement in regards to school chairs anyway? “The concept is about movement,” says Smith System’s Bill Risdall.
Shapes and colors aren’t the only things that differentiate seating lines. This brief video clearly demonstrates how three lines of Smith System seating perform and function differently; Flavors, Plato and Intuit stack chairs. Understanding the Graduated Seating Concept can help you choose the seating line that best meets your needs. From a full range of movement to a more structured seat bucket, Smith System has the perfect fit for your classroom.
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With the Royal wedding bells still ringing in the distance (across the pond) we feel it’s a perfect time to introduce our latest fancy lad and lass classroom seating option; The King stack chair by Royal Seating.
The King Stack Chair
As the name suggests, this stack chair is fit for a king, but priced for the masses. It has a generous seat size and is ideal for all body types, from grades four to adult. [bows]
Constructed of one-piece, contoured, polypropylene shell that is connected to cross braces of 16-gauge steel. The King stack chair is available with a chrome finished frame, or a durable powder coat frame and your choice of several shell colors. It quite literally is a classroom throne that will last for reigns to come.
Like all royal subjects, this classroom chair comes from an excellent bloodline that have ruled the school furniture industry for over 40 years. Royal Seating has been “at the foundation of education” and has a strong focus on core school furniture products such as school chairs, classroom desks, and activity tables. Look for their popular 1101 series stack chairs that are currently on sale for a limited time.
KI is the recipient of a new patent for the design of its one-piece injection-molded shell that forms the foundation of its Intellect Wave® Chair. The Intellect Wave Chair utilizes a patented high-strength, one-piece injection molded shell with integral cavity reinforcement between the seat and back. This unique combination provides users with back support without an external frame, along with increased materials strength and lifespan. Here’s a short video detailing the chair’s new utility patent:
Selecting the right height school chair for your classroom can be tricky. Many teachers find themselves asking, “what size school chairs do I need for my classroom?”. Classroom chairs and school furniture typically don’t come with a size printed on the side or bottom, so how do you know you are ordering the right size chair for your school classroom? Worthington Direct has put together several helpful aids to get you the correct school chair you need.
Most school chairs for 5th grade through high school use a standard 18″ chair. Some manufacturers, like Scholar Craft offer a 17.5″ or 17 1/2″ student chair instead of an 18″ chair, which is also considered a full size chair. 5th Grade students through High School, to Adult size student chairs are typically 18″ high – the de facto standard chair height. Worthington Direct recommends only 18 inch size for High School Chairs and Middle School chairs.For preschool through 4th grade it is best you measure your existing school chairs or reference our chair size table to choose the best height classroom chairs for your school. This helpful Wikipedia article goes in to great depth about school chair dimensions and ergonomics relating to chair size.
An important rule of thumb is that you can always fit a student in to a larger chair, but you should never seat a child in a chair too small for them. Students in too-small school chairs create antsy, fidgeting, uncomfortable students who are more likely to act out and be disruptive. A larger chair will be more comfortable and fit the student best as they continue to grow. The breakdown of school chairs is generally 12″ chairs for preschool and smaller kindergartners, 14″ chairs for larger kindergartners and most 1st graders and smaller 2nd graders, 16″ classroom chairs for larger 2nd graders, most 3rd graders and fourth grade students. 18″ Chairs fit the tallest 5th graders and are an excellent choice for middle schools, high schools and colleges. 12, 14, 16 and 18″ chairs are made by popular manufacturers such as Virco, Scholar CraftRoyal and more.
To measure a school chair these steps should be taken. Place your existing school chair on a flat surface. Find the tallest point on the seat (not the backrest) of your student’s chair. Measure from the floor to the highest point. This should give you the correct height for the chair you need to order.
Some manufacturers build chairs smaller than 12″ high. It is tempting to order these 7, 8, 9 and 10″ chairs for your students, especially when the prices are lower cost than a 14″ or 16″ chair, but it is important to note that children ages 3 and up cannot sit in such small chairs for very long. School chairs as small as 7″-10″ are generally designed for 12 months to two years and will quickly outgrow them. Such small sizes are thus only recommended for early childhood centers that specialize in the age range of 12-24 months.