The traditional classroom has a one-size-fits-all design, with seats that are fixed to the desk or chair. This creates an uncomfortable and unproductive environment for some students.
If you are looking for a healthier learning environment where students have more control of their comfort, take a look at flexible seating options like bean bags and hammock chairs in the office or school library.
Advantages of Flexible Seating in Classroom
These chairs will give them the freedom to move around while also promoting a focus on classwork. The benefits go well beyond improved learning; they can improve retention of material and concentration levels as well as mental health.
Promote deep thinking and retention of knowledge
Learning new concepts is hard. And keeping those concepts in your head can be even harder. By allowing students to simulate a truly comfortable position, like sitting in a hammock chair, they are able to fully engage their minds in the learning process. They are able to think deeply about what they are learning and retain the information for longer periods of time.
Improve concentration and focus
A recent study has proven that students learn more effectively when they are focused on the task at hand rather than worried about their posture or comfort level in the classroom seating. A study conducted in Israel shows that having the right seating can improve concentration levels by over 30%.
Promote better mental health
Over 80% of students with physical disabilities spend their first year in college hidden away from their peers studying alone in the library. They also experience higher levels of anxiety and feel isolated from the rest of the student body. This is because these students have become so used to sitting in rigid, uncomfortable seats that they don’t know how to interact with a classroom or office chair any other way.
By introducing more flexible seating options like bean bags and hammocks, these students can start to engage with their classmates and not be afraid to participate or ask questions since they are becoming more comfortable in a variety of different situations.
Save money on classroom furniture
While traditional chairs are nice and serve their purpose well, they aren’t easy on the budget. If you are short on cash and need to buy new furniture for a classroom, consider bean bag chairs or hammocks instead. These highly flexible items can be used for a variety of different reasons from studying to reading a book to listening to music and will save you money in the long run since they can be easily moved around by one person without any help.
Is flexible seating right for the classroom? Yes and no. It is actually beneficial for the classroom to have flexible seating since it allows for students with different learning needs to be accommodated.
However, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to make flexible seating effective. First, it needs to create a welcoming environment for all students (having a similar view of a teacher is not required).
Second, the type of seating must allow an easy transition from sitting to standing or vice versa.
Third, there should be enough space in between seats so students can move about freely while seated and not bump into others or risk injury due to lack of personal space.