One of the hallmarks of this age is what may be called the democratisation of knowledge. This means that what used to be monopolised by few experts is now available to everyone who is interested in having that knowledge; the only thing that hinders anyone from having the knowledge of a particular subject is not lack of access but lack of interest. The positive and negative effects of this situation is subject for another day but the beautiful thing is anything that needs to be known can be known, including what you should know before buying furniture for kids, especially in schools and homes.


Recent studies have shown that school children who sit in disadvantaged postures for a substantial part of school lessons perform badly in school. Another study that focused on the work place discovered that the result isn’t very different for adults. That is why in creating school furniture, makers and buyers should focus on using furniture to create a good learning environment that makes students feel at home and very comfortable.

School furniture should also set a school apart aesthetically and attract students especially the older ones who are mature enough to make their judgements about such matters.

Schools are more than just classrooms; they are contained communities where students socialise as well as learn. It is where they spend most of their time so schools should be equipped with quality furniture that will stand the test of time for qualitative learning.

Finally, the space and shapes of classrooms should be considered when buying furniture such that space is well managed for teachers to walk around and keep the class interactive. Finally, quality is key. Buy durable furniture to ensure that when energetic children decide to have fun jumping around, there would be no broken bones, or broken chairs.

This article is courtesy The New Classroom Limited, makers of quality classroom furniture. They may be contacted at 189 Ikorodu Road, Palmgrove, Lagos.

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