A Lounge To Love: Rethinking the Humble Teachers’ Lounge

The teachers’ lounge should be a precious sanctuary, a small safe harbor from a storm of taking care of students’ needs, assuaging parental concerns, and being responsible for keeping everyone in line and on task.  So why not make the most of the space by turning it into a true refuge, a place where teachers can escape the oftentimes chaotic world of the classroom, and recenter their minds, hearts, and even their souls.

The Most Neglected Room in the School

The teachers’ lounge is often an ignored repository of stray and orphaned furniture, a chipped desk, a chair with three legs, a couch with torn fabric and that pokey spring that won’t stay down. But teachers deserve a nice quiet space where they can socialize, get lesson plans done, and decompress. Your environment plays a large part in whether you can truly relax or not; how can your mind find peace in a chaotic space?

Creating an adult environment that focuses on teacher enjoyment benefits everyone at the school, and even those outside of it. Teachers who are more relaxed are more able to effectively resolve conflicts in the classroom, collaborate, communicate, and focus on what’s most important: teaching!

According to Little Bird HR, a group of former educators whose focus is creating happier, healthier schools, it is important to create a positive and refreshing teacher’s lounge to improve morale and overall well being. And here are some tips for creating just that space for your teachers:

Open Space:

Plenty of space for your teachers is vital for a relaxing and refreshing teacher’s lounge. You’ll want to have enough seating to accommodate 50% of your teachers. This means there is always room for stretching out, or gathering for potlucks or other get togethers without any cramped spaces.

Comfortable Furnishings:

Hitting the teacher’s lounge may very well be the only chance a teacher gets to sit down during the day! So you want to make sure you provide lots of comfy seating where they can get off their feet and give their body a break.

Tables and chairs are a necessity, as you want to give teachers a place to eat and to work.

Sofas and lounge seating are also desirable to facilitate socialization and restfulness.

Wall mounted boards not only add interest, but are functional as well. Whiteboards are great for notes and messages, and tack boards are great for announcements, notices, etc.

Don’t Forget The Snacks…

A refreshment area will be most appreciated by your teaching staff! Give them a spacious area where they can grab a cup of coffee or a snack to refresh themselves throughout the day.

…and Make it Nice!

A fresh coat of paint, some art work, a wall mural, plants, and other inexpensive decor can really make a difference! When your environment feels ordered and at peace, your mind and spirit do too.

With our help, your teacher’s lounge can go from the most undervalued room in the school to the most beloved and cherished.

21st Century Classroom Design

Classroom design is a powerful tool in your arsenal for improving levels of student interaction and engagement. Active learning improves retention of knowledge by promoting the four C’s of learning: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

By providing an environment where students feel empowered to choose the micro-environment that fits their individual learning mode, we can put students in a position to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

Snap Desk with Quad & Chevron Soft Seating Classroom Environment

Adaptable Furnishings

Having the ability to quickly and easily change out furniture arrangements can be unexpectedly beneficial to a classroom environment. According to a case study conducted by Edutopia, flexible classrooms have lead to improved grades, happier and more engaged students, and higher participation with more in-depth conversations.

To get these or similar results, we recommend that you give students a choice in how they learn. Empowering students to take an active role in their own education instills a sense of pride and responsibility, as well as confidence in their own decision making skills.

Teachers in the study allowed children to sit wherever and however they wanted to in their classrooms (safety permitting), including lying on the floor, sitting on their knees at lower tables, or standing up. The kids seemed to have an instinctive understanding of why they worked better in a certain position and both their grades and their emotional well-being improved.


Activity Table with Youth Height Leg Insert and Dot Soft Seating

Collaborative Learning Spaces

In the study, the classrooms were designed to promote a good community spirit by using multi-group pods or large tables to enable easy communication and teamwork. By adding casters or whiteboard tops, you create even more opportunities for students to create the space that works best for them, and allows them to work in creative ways, opening up new pathways in the brain.

Shapes Desk in a variety of configurations with Hierarchy Seating

Flexible Seating

The classrooms were also designed with at least three kinds of seating options to allow students to choose the kind of seating that was most comfortable, or most conducive to their current activity or learning task. Seating could be traditional chairs, stools that allow micromovement and the bleeding off of excess energy, soft seating, height adjustable seating, and more.


Hierarchy Grow Stool, Creator Soft Seating Half Rounds, Hierarchy Caster Chair

By providing students with control over their learning environment, encouraging them to play and experiment, to rearrange and reorganize, we are providing them with the tools that create more engagement with not only the instructor, but also their peers. By allowing them more comfort in their classroom spaces, we see improved grades, improved interactions, and overall happier kids.

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!

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


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.

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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

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.