School furniture and equipment plays an important role in creating effective, high performance learning environments.
As such, it is essential that due care and consideration is taken during the procurement process to ensure schools are obtaining value for money as well as functional, flexible and ergonomic solutions.
Ensure the furniture you buy is easy to clean and maintain as this will keep the furniture looking newer for longer. A top tip would be to buy tables with laminated tops as this would make them both durable and easy to clean.
When looking for educational furniture, it is good practice to ensure desks and chairs are the right size for students and can stand up to the wear and tear of the classroom environment. Buying furniture compliant with the BSEN 1729 standard will ensure that furniture adheres to health and safety regulations, and that chairs are properly shaped, sized and developed to help children concentrate on learning without suffering discomfort.
Saving money but compromising quality may end up costing more in the long run. Cheaper furniture is likely to have a shorter lifespan, so you may have to replace the cheap furniture sooner than you might think! The total cost of ownership doesn’t just mean the price you pay over the counter. You must consider lifespan and guarantees, as well as time and money spent on maintaining and cleaning.
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