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Durability

Classroom, learning environment, demolition derby.

The public sees it as a classroom. Educators see it as a learning environment. But, from the furniture’s perspective, it’s something quite else, again. Durable school furniture is a must. It has to stand up to the wear and tear of daily use. Sometimes gentle, sometimes respectful, but often not. In our more than 100 years of manufacturing products for schools, we’ve learned that it’s impossible to over-build anything for a classroom – and that no school ever wished it had chosen less durable furniture over more durable.

Durable classroom furniture doesn’t come with a compromise.

We have a concept at Smith System called “future-proof”. It means that the furniture is designed to support a wide variety of classroom settings and individual and small group work. Of course, we have to future-proof our furniture because it lasts so long – it’s our effort to assure its potential functionality is as great as its longevity.

More specifically, our various categories of furniture all have characteristics that give them added durability. All of our seating lines undergo BIFMA testing which simulates years of ordinary classroom use. But, because a classroom chair faces a lot more than the stress of a student sitting down and getting up 100,000 or so times in its service life, we conduct our own tests which are perhaps a bit more, shall we say, medieval. The result is durable furniture, from the top of the seat back, to the “outside hold” glides at the end of the legs – legendary on Smith System chairs for their ability to hold on tight.

Classroom furniture does what it’s supposed to do, and stands up to what students are not supposed to do.

Students aren’t supposed to sit on tables. But the older they get, the more apt they are to do just that. The best recourse is steel. Either built into the frame of the table, as in our Planner™ line, or reinforcing the length of the table in select sizes of our other lines.

To further protect the school’s investment, Smith System desks and tables add durability through high-pressure laminates designed to stand up to both use and abuse, and several choices of edge band moldings, offering a spectrum of protection (and color accent).

But, what makes Smith System products durable classroom furniture may come from something more intuitive and less physical – the experienced eyes of educational furniture manufacturers. These eyes know that if students see or perceive a weak point in a piece of furniture, over time the students will attack the weak spot relentlessly until it fails. Durable classroom furniture presents no such targets.

Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Utility Cart
Utility Cart
Planner Makerspace Table
Planner Makerspace Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Sit Stand Student Desk
Sit Stand Student Desk
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
UXL Two-Student Desks
UXL Two-Student Desks
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 Single-Student Desk
Planner Single-Student Desk
UXL Two-Student Diamond Desk
UXL Two-Student Diamond Desk
UXL Rectangle Table - 30"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 30"D
UXL Single-Student Desks
UXL Single-Student Desks
UXL Curve Desk
UXL Curve Desk
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
Planner Cluster Work Center
Planner Cluster Work Center
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
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
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
UXL Science Table
UXL Science Table
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Mid-Case
Cascade Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Cubby
Cascade Cubby
Acrobat Tech Lab
Acrobat Tech Lab
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
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
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Trapezoid Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
Graphic Arts Split Top
Graphic Arts Split Top
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Interchange Science Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Science Table - 24" Deep
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Cascade™ Tote Trays
Cascade™ Tote Trays
Acrobat 5-Sided Corner Workstation
Acrobat 5-Sided Corner Workstation
UXL Three-Student Desks
UXL Three-Student Desks
UXL 48" Corner Table
UXL 48" Corner Table
Riser Shelf
Riser Shelf
Interchange High-Range Leg Inserts
Interchange High-Range Leg Inserts
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