Beyond the Seat

There is a giant gap between what school furniture should be and what it is.  Experience tells us one thing, but Architects and Designers can help school administrators get the best product for their needs.

Read below to see the important points you should be looking for when buying school furniture.

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM
By James E. Rydeen and Kim A. Sorenson

Experience tells us that school furniture:



  • Is expected to last forever.
  • Is usually selected by school personnel without professional design input.
  • Is selected without regard to color influence.
  • Will receive minimal maintenance during its lifetime.
  • Must be the most cost-effective.


Architects specify built-in furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) items as well as some loose furniture. However, most loose furniture is selected by district personnel.

Experienced architects and interior designers already know the products and the manufacturers, and this experience and knowledge can help school officials choose the right product, with the needed features, at the best price, within budget limitations, from a responsible vendor.

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