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Design Principles

Classroom Designs

Enhancing classroom learning environments by design.

Classroom furniture design is allowing today’s educators to create more engaging, effective and inspiring learning environments. The importance of classroom 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, classroom design can mean students can concentrate while seated, or be distracted by resisting restrictive furniture. Here are some classroom 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.

Color While the impact of color is often overlooked, color is an inseparable part of our everyday lives.

The 21st Century Classroom Design It’s reassuring and not very surprising to know that the driving force behind the 21st Century Classroom isn’t a passing fad, a change of fashion or boredom with the status quo.

Smith System makes school furniture for a variety of different learning environment. From library commons to the classroom, Smith System has all the 21st Century school furniture for any modern classroom design.   Our school furniture is found in a variety of spaces, from learning commons to STEM learning environments. We pride our selves on manufacturing innovative school furniture products. We also provide a variety of classroom design resources, which are listed below:

Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Utility Cart
Utility Cart
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Nomad Cart
Cascade Nomad Cart
oodle
oodle
Planner Makerspace Table
Planner Makerspace Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Sit Stand Student Desk
Sit Stand Student Desk
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Silhouette Two-Student Desk
Silhouette Two-Student Desk
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange™ Wing Desk
Interchange™ Wing Desk
Interchange Diamond Open Front Desk
Interchange Diamond Open Front Desk
Silhouette Student Desk
Silhouette Student Desk
Silhouette Curve Desk
Silhouette Curve Desk
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Wing Open Front Desk
Interchange Wing Open Front Desk
Planner Access Station - 24" Deep
Planner Access Station - 24" Deep
Planner Access Station - 30" Deep
Planner Access Station - 30" Deep
Interchange Diamond Desk
Interchange Diamond Desk
Cafe Table Square Top, Criss-Cross base
Cafe Table Square Top, Criss-Cross base
Cafe Table Round Top, Criss-Cross base
Cafe Table Round Top, Criss-Cross base
Cafe Table Round Top, Circular base
Cafe Table Round Top, Circular base
Cafe Table Square Top, Circular base
Cafe Table Square Top, Circular base
Flex Single-Student Desk
Flex Single-Student Desk
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Flavors Stack Chair
Flavors Stack Chair
Intuit Stack Chair
Intuit Stack Chair
Plato Stack Chair
Plato Stack Chair
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Sequence™ Desk
Interchange Sequence™ Desk
UXL Diamond, Mini-Diamond Desk
UXL Diamond, Mini-Diamond Desk
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Wing Desk
UXL Wing Desk
Interchange Student Desks
Interchange Student Desks
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 36" deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 36" deep
Planner Huddle 6 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 6 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 8 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 8 Student Desk
Planner Single-Student Desk
Planner Single-Student Desk
Interchange Wing Desk w/ Swoop
Interchange Wing Desk w/ Swoop
Interchange Half Moon Activity Table
Interchange Half Moon Activity Table
Interchange 3-2-1 Table
Interchange 3-2-1 Table
Arc-8 Flex Desk
Arc-8 Flex Desk
Planner Huddle-8LS Student Desk
Planner Huddle-8LS Student Desk
Interchange™ Curve Desk
Interchange™ Curve Desk
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Half Round
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Half Round
UXL Rectangle Table - 30"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 30"D
UXL Single-Student Desks
UXL Single-Student Desks
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
Planner Cluster Work Center
Planner Cluster Work Center
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Half Round
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Half Round
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Rectangle
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Rectangle
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Rectangle
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Rectangle
Plato Mobile Stack Chair
Plato Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Power Bar
UXL Power Bar
Interchange Multimedia Table
Interchange Multimedia Table
Elemental Hard Plastic Single-Student Desk
Elemental Hard Plastic Single-Student Desk
Planner Lab Station - 30" Deep
Planner Lab Station - 30" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Planner Science Table - Laminate Top
Planner Science Table - Laminate Top
Trespa Planner Science Table - 48" Deep
Trespa Planner Science Table - 48" Deep
Trespa Planner Science Table - 42" Deep
Trespa Planner Science Table - 42" Deep
Trespa Planner Science Table - 30" Deep
Trespa Planner Science Table - 30" Deep
Chat Coffee and Side Tables
Chat Coffee and Side Tables
Trespa Planner Science Table - 24" Deep
Trespa Planner Science Table - 24" Deep
Planner Two-Student Desk
Planner Two-Student Desk
Planner Three-Student Desk
Planner Three-Student Desk
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 30" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 30" Deep
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Flavors Mobile Stack Chair
Flavors Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Science Table
UXL Science Table
Cascade Mega-Tower
Cascade Mega-Tower
Cascade Mega-Cabinet
Cascade Mega-Cabinet
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Mid-Tower
Cascade Mid-Tower
Cascade Mid-Cabinet
Cascade Mid-Cabinet
Cascade Mid-Case
Cascade Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Mini-Tower
Cascade Mini-Tower
Cascade Mini-Cabinet
Cascade Mini-Cabinet
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Cubby
Cascade Cubby
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal, Single Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal, Single Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal, Double Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal, Double Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal
Acrobat Crescent Desk
Acrobat Crescent Desk
Flavors Noodle Chair
Flavors Noodle Chair
Acrobat Tech Lab
Acrobat Tech Lab
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Interchange Racetrack Table
Interchange Racetrack Table
Interchange Peanut Table
Interchange Peanut Table
Graphic Arts CAD Desk, Split top
Graphic Arts CAD Desk, Split top
Cascade Teacher Wardrobe Cabinet
Cascade Teacher Wardrobe Cabinet
Cascade Laptop Shelf
Cascade Laptop Shelf
UXL Half Round Table
UXL Half Round Table
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Single-Student Desk
Acrobat Single-Student Desk
Elemental Single-Student Rectangle Desk
Elemental Single-Student Rectangle Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Everything Cart
Everything Cart
Acrobat Bullet Workstations
Acrobat Bullet Workstations
Interchange Flower Activity Table
Interchange Flower Activity Table
UXL Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Trapezoid Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
Graphic Arts Split Top
Graphic Arts Split Top
Cascade Totes, SW & EW
Cascade Totes, SW & EW
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Interchange Science Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Science Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Open Front Desk
Interchange Rectangle Open Front Desk
Flavors P-Tablet Arm Chair
Flavors P-Tablet Arm Chair
UXL Nest & Fold Chair
UXL Nest & Fold Chair
UXL Nest and Fold Chair (Arms)
UXL Nest and Fold Chair (Arms)
UXL Adjustable Chair
UXL Adjustable Chair
UXL Adjustable Stool
UXL Adjustable Stool
UXL Stack Chair
UXL Stack Chair
Planner Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Planner Trapezoid Activity Table
Planner Trapezoid Activity Table
Planner Square Activity Table
Planner Square Activity Table
Planner Round Activity Table
Planner Round Activity Table
Planner Half Moon Activity Table
Planner Half Moon Activity Table
Planner Contour Activity Table
Planner Contour Activity Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Peninsula Instructor Desk
Acrobat Peninsula Instructor Desk
Graphic Arts 1-Piece Top
Graphic Arts 1-Piece Top
Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Flat Shelf
Booktruck, Three Flat Shelf
Gorilla Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Gorilla Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
4" Booktruck Casters (Dual-Wheel)
4" Booktruck Casters (Dual-Wheel)
5" Booktruck Casters (Dual-Wheel)
5" Booktruck Casters (Dual-Wheel)
5" Booktruck Casters (Single-Wheel)
5" Booktruck Casters (Single-Wheel)
Interchange Contour Activity Table
Interchange Contour Activity Table
Interchange Kidney Activity Table
Interchange Kidney Activity Table
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Husky Round Activity Table
Husky Round Activity Table
Husky Kidney Activity Table
Husky Kidney Activity Table
Husky Trapezoid Activity Table
Husky Trapezoid Activity Table
Husky Square Activity Table
Husky Square Activity Table
Husky Clover Activity Table
Husky Clover Activity Table
Husky Flower Activity Table
Husky Flower Activity Table
Planner Access Station - 5-Sided Corner
Planner Access Station - 5-Sided Corner
Flavors Adjustable Chair
Flavors Adjustable Chair
Flavors Adjustable Stool
Flavors Adjustable Stool
Flexline Technology Desk - 24" Deep
Flexline Technology Desk - 24" Deep
Silhouette Single-Student Desk (Hard Plastic Top)
Silhouette Single-Student Desk (Hard Plastic Top)
Standard Horseshoe Activity Table
Standard Horseshoe Activity Table
Interchange Two-Student Diamond Desk
Interchange Two-Student Diamond Desk
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Square Activity Table
Interchange Square Activity Table
Interchange Round Table
Interchange Round Table
Interchange Trapezoid Activity Table
Interchange Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Standard Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Standard Square Activity Table
Standard Square Activity Table
Standard Round Activity Table
Standard Round Activity Table
Standard Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Kidney Activity Table
Standard Kidney Activity Table
Standard Half Moon Activity Table
Standard Half Moon Activity Table
Standard Clover Activity Table
Standard Clover Activity Table
Standard Flower Activity Table
Standard Flower Activity Table
Planner Single-Student Desk, Hard Plastic
Planner Single-Student Desk, Hard Plastic
Plato Adjustable Stool
Plato Adjustable Stool
Plato P-Tablet Arm Chair
Plato P-Tablet Arm Chair
Intuit Adjustable Chair
Intuit Adjustable Chair
Intuit Adjustable Stool
Intuit Adjustable Stool
Plato Adjustable Chair
Plato Adjustable Chair
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Interchange and Planner Rectangle Modesty Panel
Interchange and Planner Rectangle Modesty Panel
Plato Sled Chair
Plato Sled Chair
Cascade™ Tote Trays
Cascade™ Tote Trays
Acrobat 5-Sided Corner Workstation
Acrobat 5-Sided Corner Workstation
UXL 48" Corner Table
UXL 48" Corner Table
Riser Shelf
Riser Shelf
Flex Single-Student Desk with Hard Plastic Top
Flex Single-Student Desk with Hard Plastic Top
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