Whether you’re outfitting a new school or replacing your school’s old student desks, you have many options for the workstations you choose for incoming students. Before you make your final decision, you determine what students in that classroom will need. You may find that not every class will benefit from the same type of desk. These are the most common types of student desks and some benefits to each.
Open Front Desks
Simple but versatile open front desks are the most popular options for elementary classrooms. These desks have a book box underneath the work surface facing the user so reading materials and school supplies are easily accessible. Open front desks usually come with height-adjustable legs, meaning you’ll be able to set each desk to fit individuals perfectly.
Lift Lid Desks
Lift lid school desks are similar to open front desks in most ways, but the lift lid models have a hinged lid that opens to reveal the books and belongings inside. Lift lid desks provide complete access to desk contents, making it easier for students to see their books and school supplies rather than sticking their arms in an opening and blindly rummaging for materials.
Student Chair Desks
A student chair desk is a desk with a chair attached to it. The book box is typically built underneath the chair in these workstations, but many options do not come with any book box at all. This type of desk is ideal for high school and university settings where the student is not using the same desk all day and doesn’t need a large storage space.
Collaborative Learning Desks
If you’re teaching in a classroom that does a lot of collaborative work, you’ll want some modular desks that can be easily pushed together and pulled apart. These desks are typically made in unique shapes that make them easy to fit together for use in team exercises, and they do not usually include storage. Collaborative learning desks are rapidly growing in popularity and are commonly used in various school settings ranging from grade school to university classrooms.
Standing and Adjustable Height Desks
Standing desk alternatives are another growing trend in classroom design. Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods can lead to many health risks in adults, so it only makes sense to encourage our children toward a more active lifestyle by incorporating standing into the classroom. Some desks, such as Safco’s Alphabetter, even have built-in footrest bars that swing so young students can release energy during lessons.