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.

Taking The School Library From “Brick and Mortar” to “Click and Mortar”

Learning Commons

Did you know many schools are no longer calling the library a library? Nowadays it’s becoming more prevalent to call this multi-use space a “learning commons” or “media center” or “technology hub.”

The need for new terminology to define this venerable space emphasizes the changes in function that the new library must accommodate for the modern student. It’s no longer enough for a library to simply house thousands and thousands of books. Computers serve as portals to look up information that once took up the majority of the space within the library. And in the newest iterations of the school library, with modern tablets and other personal devices being so commonplace, computers are taking up even less space.

Over the past couple of decades, we’ve learned how powerful active learning can be, allowing the student to take much more responsibility for, and a much more proactive role in their education. Technology has also changed the way students are taught and how they learn. And by bringing the two together, the advances in technology and the advances in educational philosophy, we can utilize the library to create a space that allows a much broader spectrum of exploration, investigation, and discovery.

Zoned Learning

With more space opening up with the absence of physical books and reference materials, we’ve started bringing in new furniture. Many libraries have created specific learning spaces, or “zones”, to support students who learn and absorb knowledge best in non-traditional settings. Modular furniture that can be rearranged on the fly into multiple group configurations is essential to allowing students to set up places that foster their best studying habits.

According to David Thornburg, Ph.D., learning spaces can be divided into three discrete types:

  • Active: featuring flexible furnishings for larger team collaboration-based projects
  • Semi-Private: featuring quickly configurable furnishings for smaller groups
  • Hideaway: more secluded pods or spaces for individual students to reinforce focus and concentration



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In conjunction with the emphasis on active and individualized learning, makerspaces are a frequent addition to the modern school library. Makerspaces provide students a valuable place to create, to build, and to experiment in a hands-on space with provided tools and materials.

According to a survey conducted by the School Library Journal in 2017, 55% of elementary school libraries and 61% of middle school libraries provide maker activities for the students, making it an essential place to outfit with the right furnishings.



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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.


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


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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