Back to School – Get Ready with Quality, Reliable Furniture

Summer might be just starting to heat up, but it’s never too early to start planning for next school year. Classrooms should be comfortable, dynamic and durable enough that the furniture makes it to the end of the year and beyond. Make sure to invest in furniture that focuses on quality, reliable design, and in the event of an unfortunate disaster, a stellar warranty and quick shipping turnaround times.

Quick-Ship Ready

One of our core values as a company is extreme customer care, and we believe quick turnaround times are a huge part of this. We have a robust selection of classroom products that are ‘quick-ship’ available and ready to go. These range from Q5 standard laminate desks to Q10 for premium desk laminates. We have a number of products available at this ship time, including our Hierarchy Cantilever Desk and Cloud 9 desks & tables. Be sure to check out our website to see a full list of these quick-ship items, or reach out to speak to one of our customer service specialists.

Durability is Key

As a sustainable company, we also believe educational products should be well-built and long lasting. If you have to come back next school year, so does your teacher’s desk! Many of our products, including desks, tables, and carts, have a 12 year (for MooreCo products) to 15 year (for Vanerum products) limited warranty. We understand how tough kids can be on a classroom and we design to accommodate this. We have full faith that our products will last 12+ years, but in the event that they don’t, we want to make things right with you.

On-Time Delivery

We understand that a school’s worst nightmare is not receiving their orders on time. Students are weeks from coming back to class and you have enough to worry about without adding missing furniture to the list. We’ve heard your frustrations with manufacturers overpromising on lead times in the past and we strive to counter this with our own delivery process. We take careful consideration when forecasting our manufacturing and shipping times and strive to have an open and honest dialogue with you as the customer about when items will be delivered. You won’t find our lead times slipping to 26 weeks like some of our competitors.

We take pride in delivering reliable, sturdy educational products to our customers. We create products that have the ability to multi-task and suit any type of learning environment. Give MooreCo and Vanerum products a try and you’ll be sure to have everything you need to start next year off right!

All Eyes on Thee – Achieve and Maintain Your Students’ Attention

“The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Attention span and focus – how do we set up our classrooms for students to feel focused and engaged? This can particularly be a problem in hands-off style classes like History or Social Studies. How do we connect with each one of our students while fostering a sense of community? Here are a couple ideas to maximize time and space in the classroom while getting the most focus from each of your students.

The Tiered Effect

Create layers from the front to back of the class by placing height adjustable desks in different height settings throughout your room. This configuration allows every student to have direct eye contact with the instructor, as well as a clear view of whiteboards or projection screens, increasing attention and information absorption. The pneumatic mechanism in our Up-Rite Student Desks make height adjustability a breeze.

Multi-Purpose Visual Communication Tools

Consider an interactive setup where you combine traditional and modern communication and technology products. Videos are proven to captivate an audience, keeping us focused, while writing key points on a board are more likely to be absorbed and remembered long term. The more you see and read it, the more you remember it! Pops of color also draw the attention of students; try adding a Visionary Move Glass Board to your room in a fun color to highlight key lesson points.

Movement: For Teachers and Students

Inertia is the mortal enemy of an active mind and the best way to defeat it is with movement. Incorporating wobble stools or perch stools, like our Grow Stool or Up-Rite Height Adjustable Stool, in your classroom is a great way to keep students engaged. These products allow micro-movements that stimulate the mind and engage the core muscles, improving circulation and posture. Teachers should consider using mobile podiums or carts that move around the room with them as well!

Room for Fun! Designing your Classroom for Younger Children

“Play. It brings joy. It is within this context that learning can occur.” – Kyle Snow, Ph.D.

Early childhood environments should foster both fun and safety; a place where we balance freedom of expression with fundamentals of good behavior. Here are some suggestions on how to give students room to play and room to focus:

Room to Play!

Have a corner of your room set up to be lounge ready. Soft seating pieces, like our Blossom Soft Seating Set, give students room to relax and get creative. Studies show that kids prefer to lay on their stomachs when they read and kick their legs loose. “On the ground” seating is another alternative for giving kids the freedom of floor while reminding them of boundaries.

Room to Focus!

Activity tables and collaborative desks, like our Cloud 9 Desks, let classrooms easily configure into different formations. Organize students by task, capabilities, or learning pace for a more efficient learning environment.

Room to Move!

Mobile storage easels and storage carts, like our Mobile Lap Board Teacher Easel, are such a go-to solution for early learning environments. Dry erase surfaces provide a portable marker board and integrated storage tubs help teachers organize supplies and teaching materials. It can easily be moved from reading corners to learning centers, making it multi-purpose.

Room to Store!

Storage carts don’t take up much space, but they do provide ample space for storage! Keep supplies and learning materials organized and safe by placing them into a Mobile Tub Storage Cart. The built-in casters make classroom configurations effortless!

The Science Lab – Explore & Discover!

“Science is a way of thinking, much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

The Science Lab

A place to explore, get excited, and discover! The space requires versatility, natural light, and room for the mind and body to move. As for the layout? Here are a few suggestions to help the lab run smoothly and encourage students to maximize their time and minds during this exciting period in school!

Lab Seating

An efficient lab must be flexible to accommodate all branches of science. The use of non-fixed and lightweight furniture makes it easy to rearrange a class and create a fluid lab that can be altered as needed.

Our height adjustable lab stools with optional back are easy to adjust and move.

Flipper Tables

Flipper tables are easily adjusted in height. Create a tiered classroom to ensure everyone has direct eye contact with the instructor. Want to reconfigure the room? No worries! Flipper Tables come with casters and easily fold and nest to create open space in the classroom.

Storage

Science labs require a variety of equipment and tools. A well-planned storage system makes finding equipment a snap. When tools are easy to find, more class time can be dedicated to lessons and learning, which is what every teacher strives for. Our Makerspace Mobile Tubs feature smooth rolling tambour doors and sleek 3″ skate casters for easy maneuverability.

Attention, Attention!

Students get distracted easily and having interesting imagery, or using the walls as projection surfaces will keep them engaged. Adapting your lab to make this possible is a step in the right direction. The Sharewall Spline Wall is a fully trimmed panel system that can be mounted from wall to wall. The magnetic dry-erase surface is easy to write on and erase, and the seamless design creates a smooth, singular writing surface.

Teachers’ Lounge – Take a Breath, Take a Break!

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” – Robert John Meehan

The school year is almost over and teachers are more than ready for a break. The teachers’ lounge has been a hot topic of debate for for a while. Are they worth having? Are they gossip pools? Has technology and high performance curriculums taken over the lounge? Studies show that teachers’ lounges actually reinforce the spirit of community amongst educators as well as recharge tired minds. Lounges help teachers reengage in everyday topics with their peers, and also disconnect from the daily classroom routine. The key to a functional teachers’ lounge? Make it feel like home! Here are some ideas on how to make the teachers’ lounge an inviting and safe environment for teachers:

Soft Seating

We call them soft for a reason! Sofas, futons, booths and poufs. Add one or add them all, teachers don’t just want to sit, they want to relax in the teachers’ lounge. Nothing beats comfortable soft seating pieces when creating restful spaces to relax in.

Various types of soft seating are the perfect solution for a comfortable lounge space.

Tables for All

Tables in the lounge will be used for a number of different tasks: eating, working on a laptop, grading papers, or reading books. Play with tables of different shapes and sizes to make the room flexible and unique.

Bistro Height Adjustable Tables are a great option for teachers’ lounges.

Accents & Accessories

Finish your room with fun and homey accents: pictures, graphics, warm colored fabrics, and foliage. Add technology support, like charging stations, to ensure that the lounge is not only comfortable, but functional and practical as well.

The Power Tower provides instant AC outlet and USB charging access to multiple users in group seating arrangements.

Makerspace: Hands on Experiences Encourage Confidence

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada

Makerspace!

Incorporating makerspace into your classroom has one main purpose: to provide kids the confidence and competence necessary to execute their creative vision. Students utilize technology to create physical and digital inventions. Rooms are set to explore robotics, mechanics, coding, building, engineering and many other areas. The key is for the discovery process to happen by playing and experimenting with a hands on approach. Let’s take a look at some ideas on how to incorporate makerspace into your classroom while encouraging a free flowing room:

Mobile Storage Carts

Students will be reaching out for tools, parts and components for their projects. Carts should always be accessible, without being in the way. Our Mobile Storage Carts feature big handles for easy grip and maneuvering, and 3″ skater casters for fast and easy movement. The best part? The carts conveniently slide under our Makerspace Mobile Tables for secure and discrete storage.

Mobile Storage Carts conveniently store underneath our Makerspace Tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D Printer Carts

Last year alone, schools across the country spent over 500 million USD on 3D printers. The earlier that children learn to use 3D printing technology, the more easily they can integrate it into their thinking when they enter the workforce. Our Makerspace 3D Printer Cart features 6 holders for 3D printer filament, a storage cabinet with 4 adjustable shelves, and a gliding tambour door for secure storing. The detachable side shelf provides extra working surface or an easy way to hold and access printed objects.

Room to Flow – Physically & Creatively

The goal of having VEX Robotics and STEM programs in classrooms is to have creative thinking translate into actual results. Be sure to provide an environment that supports this! Dry erase tabletops allow students to jot down reminders, doodle, and calculate. The same applies to dry-erase walls. The expanded writing surfaces provide additional room for formulating and solving problems. Have open space for ease of movement and integrate fun accents, such as our grow stools, which stimulate the brain by encouraging active sitting. Add some soft seating poufs to balance the heftiness by creating a relaxing atmosphere.

 

Unconventional Solutions for Common Spaces

Featuring Vanerum NA items: Privacy Pod, Cube, Acute Table, Airley Chair

These days, the common spaces between rooms are becoming more and more important in the planning of workplaces, schools, and businesses. The rise of the “resimercial” design philosophy has launched a movement to include more dynamic, comfortable, and relatable furniture in these shared spaces. As noted by Interiors + Sources, “it’s now become an industry standard to provide informal areas for relaxation and collaboration, which align closer to a hospitality aesthetic and residential comfort”. Designers and users alike are gravitating towards spaces and furniture that exude a more relaxed, home-like vibe. So how can you implement this philosophy into your common spaces? Our open plan furniture adheres to this ideal, but with a bit of a twist. Let’s take a look at some specific instances where conventional common spaces became exceptional by using the right furniture. 

The Children’s Hospital

For children, hospitals can be an intimidating and scary place to be. We strive to make this experience as stress-free as possible by providing interesting and comfortable spots for children and their parents to relax in the hospital lobby. There are several specific zones subdividing the space that can be used differently depending on the mood of the child or parent. The versatile and colorful Cocoon placed in a serpentine pattern in the center of the lobby creates a central hub for children and parents to play and work on. The Cube seating surrounding the Cocoon is covered in durable yet plush fabrics that echo textiles you would find in a children’s room at home. In the far corner, a TV nook with movement encouraging Jokum stools are in place to burn any excess energy that children might have. 

Featuring Vanerum NA products: Cocoon, Cubes, Jokum

The High School

For a pass-through area in a high school, we focus on furniture that is flexible, durable and easily moved so students can reconfigure the space as needed. Students know what works best for them when they need to collaborate with each other, so why not give them the ability to set up their own configurations? This type of freedom is a nod to the flexibility they have in their own home, where they can alter their rooms and study spaces to make them more suitable for their needs. Like the Cubes in the previous room, the Cloud 9 stools and Variable Height Ottomans are upholstered in resistant yet cozy fabrics, making for a more comfortable collective experience. The organic shapes of the Cloud 9 and ottoman enable the pieces to be nested against one another, creating a fluid and progressive environment.

Featuring MooreCo Lounge Seating – Cloud 9 and Variable Height Ottomans

The Takeaway

Making the space useful, comfortable, and beautiful are the three most important rules when designing a successful common space. Keeping these ideas in mind will set you on the right track to finding a configuration that works for you. Throw in some unexpected geometry and textures for added interest, and you’ve found the ideal solution for creating the perfect open concept space.

  • https://www.interiorsandsources.com/article-details/articleid/21397/title/the-resimercial-takeover

A Crash Course in Classroom Color Theory

Why Use Color in Your Classroom?

Color – bright colors in particular – stimulate the brain and help boost memory. In the past, color was primarily used as a tool to influence early learners, but recently it’s been shown that this effect carries across all age groups. According to the College of St. Scholastica, “color does indeed have an impact on student behavior, academic performance, and feelings of well-being”. In addition to their overall influence, each color has specific traits that impact students in different ways. For example, blues and greens are often seen as calming, while reds and oranges are more invigorating. Let’s take a look at how you can incorporate color into your classroom in order to encourage learning and improve the mood of your students.

Red: The Energizer

Red stimulates the adrenal glands and can generate feelings of energy and encourage creativity. In your classroom, try using the color red in conjunction with repetitive or detailed oriented tasks in order to give students an energy boost.

 

Yellow: The Attention Grabber

When it comes to grabbing and maintaining the attention of your students, yellow is king. Yellow generates positive energy, encourages creativity and is the ultimate tool in capturing the attention of a restless classroom. Display important study materials on yellow glass boards and add splashes of the color throughout your room (try soft seating or student chairs) to promote alertness.

Visionary Hierarchy Magnetic Glass Boards

Orange: The Mood Lifter

The color orange encourages critical thinking and memory. Studies have shown that it also has an especially high effect on circulation and the nervous system and increases the oxygen supply to the brain, stimulating mental activity while simultaneously loosening inhibitions. Be sure to bring snacks though, because it’s also been known to increase appetite!

Green: The Calming Concentration Catcher

Green promotes calmness and a sense of relaxation and is great for encouraging long-term concentration. It is the most restful color for the eye and creates a feeling of ease when used in a classroom. Use large blocks of this color, like soft seating or a coordinated set of makerspace furniture, to spread a calming atmosphere throughout your class.

Blue: The Productivity Driver

The color blue has proved to have a calming effect on the heart rate and respiratory system of students. It encourages a sense of well-being, making it ideal for learning situations that are intensely challenging and cognitively taxing. Research suggests that people with highly intellectual work that requires a high cognitive load are most productive in blue environments. Try incorporating blues into your table edge banding and student desks to promote soothing productivity, no matter what the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be afraid to branch out and try different color combinations! If you have any questions about the best way to incorporate color into your classrooms, please reach out to us.

 

Sources:

http://geiendorsed.com/blog/learning-environment/the-best-color-for-your-classroom/

http://www.natefacs.org/Pages/v29no1/v29no1Gaines.pdf

The Great Divide: Privacy Without Boundaries

Classroom design has undoubtedly changed in the last few decades. The days of static desks and rigid student chairs placed in repetitive rows are a thing of the past. Teachers and students want to engage in environments that stimulate learning and interaction, with spaces that are comfortable and inspiring. A large part of this new trend is a philosophy that we like to call “privacy without boundaries”: spaces that are accessible yet private at the same time. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what inspired our design team to develop products around this philosophy and provide some specific examples of how this can be applied to your classroom to create a more engaging and dynamic learning environment.

Dividing Your Classroom Space While Keeping It Integrated

DIVVY DOC PARTITION
The Divvy Doc Partition (a MooreCo product) being utilized in an art classroom.

Since today’s classrooms are open and fluid, we need to be creative about the ways we divide our spaces. The word ‘divider’ already establishes a boundary; an isolated space. When developing the Divvy DOC Partition, our team of designers considered three fundamental classroom needs: movement, environmental integration, and the flow of light. By incorporating acrylic panels onto the top of the Divvy DOC, light continues to flow through the room unrestricted. The individual panels can be matched to laminates and fabrics in the classroom, allowing it to blend into the environment. The flat leg design makes it ideal for stacking against the wall when it’s ready to be stored away.

The use of a mobile divider like a Divvy Doc or Glider Mobile Whiteboard allows you to create multiple designated classroom spaces without worrying about permanence. Use these to assign multiple groups of students onto different projects. When the projects are complete, simply roll the dividers against the wall to bring the entire class back together. Since these dividers are mobile, classroom configurations can be reworked at the drop of a hat.

Student to Teacher: One-On-One Interactions

Privacy Pod
The Privacy Pod (A Vanerum North America product) in an educational meeting space.

Student and teacher meetings, assessments, and behavioral management no longer have to take place across an intimidating teacher’s desk. The integration of soft seating into classrooms is a relaxed and welcoming solution for teachers and students alike. With this idea in mind, our team of designers were challenged to develop a product which could provide both the comfort of soft seating and the privacy of a divider. In response to our ‘privacy without boundaries’ philosophy, the Privacy Pod was created. The upholstered pod creates a sense of seclusion, while the entrance allows for freedom of movement. The built in table provides a personal space for the student to read and write while the teacher sits nearby, making it ideal for one-on-one interactions.

Student to Teacher: Open Interactions

Cocoon Collaborative Learning Environment
The Cocoon (a Vanerum North America product) being utilized in an open concept educational space.

Teachers expect to connect with their students in an open and dynamic environment. When both the student and teacher are comfortable, conversations flow more freely and the students aren’t as timid. Circular settings, in comparison to linear ones, stimulate interaction and promote eye contact, which results in more engagement between participants. Products such as the Cocoon and Vivid encourage these interactions by fostering less formal, more relaxed environments.

When designing your classrooms, think about spaces where the “privacy without boundaries” principle can be implemented. Keep in mind that studies have shown that when students are comfortable, they learn better. Creating these spaces has never been easier with the products that are now on the market. If you have any questions about bringing this philosophy to life in your classroom, please reach out to us. We would love to help.

 

The Formula to a Flexible and Inviting Classroom? Movement & Relaxing Setups

Our last blog post talked about our design principles and how they spark creativity, comfort, and overall productivity in a learning environment. Now, let’s talk about the best practices in furniture configuration and the benefits both students and educators can get when designing their room layout.

What’s the Buzz Around Soft Seating?

Research has shown that incorporating sofas, poufs, ottomans, and couches brings a “homey” feel to an environment. This allows kids of all ages to relax, focus on a challenge, and better communicate with their peers and educators. Teachers also have the chance to sit next to their students to have one on one Blossom Soft Seatingconversations, which are more informal and personal. Students get the chance to stretch out, lay on their stomachs, and stimulate circulation to engage in a different activity. Typically, soft seating units are placed in the corner or back of rooms as reading and concentration stations.

Mobile Boards: How Should They Be Used?

Not everyone learns at the same pace and dividing classes into small groups allows teachers to organize students according to their learning style. That’s when a small mobile board comes in handy. It helps teachers keep up with tasks, assignments, examples, and notes to keep track of students who are following MOBILE LAP BOARD TEACHER EASELdifferent lesson plans. Mobile boards have the ability to move around the room easily, allowing students to access the board as well. Many teachers will use a couple of mobile boards in different colors and assign different “teams” or “groups” to each board.

 

Configurable Desks: You Bet!

We’ve heard it over and over, collaboration, the most important tool in modern classrooms. Desks can easily be arranged into large or small groups, lines, or SNAP DESKcircles. Each configuration can be arranged effortlessly and quickly and engages the students by making them responsible for moving their own desks. The setting can be arranged for collaborative learning or lined up for testing.

 

Grow Stools: Where Should They Go?

We know movement in classrooms helps stimulate the brain, but when and where should these products be placed? Typically, educators will place wobble stools in the back of the classroom to keep students who need movement away HIERARCHY HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE GROW STOOLfrom the front of the class. Since the stools are height adjustable, students will be in direct eye contact with their teacher regardless of their height. Another perfect place for wobble stools is around the teacher’s desk for student assessments. The movement of the stools allows kids to settle their restlessness and engage in their tasks.

Time to Recharge!: The Power Tower

Tablets have replaced books and notebooks and students are always circulating from room to room while using these new devices. Charging carts are great – but not very accessible. A simple solution to this problem is to add a couple of small Mobile Power TowerPower Towers to your classroom. These are portable and may be placed in-between desks to avoid disrupting the classroom layout and teacher’s mobility. They can also be placed among soft seating configurations in lounge areas, as well as in libraries.

Teachers Need to Move Too!

Classroom configurations should accommodate student and instructor needs. Teachers need to find the right spot to address the class, once the students are MOBILE TEACHER WORKSTATIONsettled. Let’s keep in mind that most teachers prefer to stand while they teach, so having a stand-up unit is ideal. A compact, easy to move station with storage is an educator’s perfect solution.