Design Principles

Classroom Designs

Enhancing classroom learning environments by design.

Furniture design is allowing today’s educators to create more engaging, effective and inspiring learning environments. The importance of design principles can’t be overestimated. From a psychological standpoint, classroom furniture can make the student feel welcome and embraced at her or his first glance. From a functional standpoint, the shape of the desktop can make it possible or impossible for multiple groups of six to work in within a classroom. And from a student performance standpoint, design can mean students can concentrate while seated, or be distracted by resisting restrictive furniture. Here are some design principles that make a subtle, yet profound difference in school furniture.

Accessibility Smith System ADA Desks offer more than ADA compliance, their cantilever leg design, removes the legs on the side of the desk closest to the student for easier ingress/egress.

Adaptability For something that lasts as long as school furniture, adaptability in is crucial, assuring the furniture offers the full range of functionality now and into the future.

Adjustability Furniture has to be made to fit the student, not vice-versa. Our desks offer adjustability; our ADA desk offers maximum adjustability.

Clustering Smith System pioneered clustering student furniture through new designs in desktops. Today each of our product lines offers multiple choices in cluster furniture.

Durability Longevity is designed into Smith System furniture, through the materials we use and the craftsmanship in its construction.

Mobility Mobile furniture is being embraced by educators. Smith System offers mobile desks, mobile school chairs, mobile storage, and mobile library shelving.

Ergonomics Smith System furniture is designed with an understanding of the needs of students, which is reflected in the ergonomic performance of our seating and desks.

Extensibility Extensibility adds a dimension of functionality to furniture. The customization possibilities of our <UXL™> line of furniture may be the ultimate expression of extensibility.