Discover the 7 Great Ways Modular Seating Can Improve Your School

Discover the amazing ways Modular Seating can improve your school in aspects you possibly hadn’t even thought of with our brand new blog post…

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Modular seating is a modern furniture concept which allows various different-sized and different-shaped units to be configured together to form all kinds of layouts to fit all kinds of rooms and spaces. Here, we will list the 7 ways modular seating can improve your school.

1) Revitalise old, worn rooms quickly and easily
Fresh, new, brightly-coloured seating can breathe life into tiring rooms and make a stunning visual impact. What’s more, it can be done quickly and with far less hassle than, say, laying new carpets and painting walls. All you need to do is choose some seating you like, order it, wait for it to arrive and have the delivery guys drop it into place. Simple.

2) Improved communal atmospheres
Arranging seating into group configurations can transform a very segmented room into one with a thriving atmosphere where students can mingle in large groups and really get the conversation flowing (as long as the teachers allow it!)

3) More opportunities for shared learning activities
Given that modular seating can be configured in almost any way imaginable, students are able to set up an arrangement that allows them to tackle group tasks best in a matter of minutes.

4) Freedom, flexibility for new and innovative teaching plans
Similarly to the point made above, teachers will also be able to devise various new lesson plans based around teamwork activities which can be carried out thanks to modular seating.

5) Students and teachers alike take pride in new-look common rooms, classrooms and receptions
Students love it when they get new ‘stuff’. So brand-new, brightly-coloured, comfortable modular seating is likely to give them a reason to feel proud of their newly-renovated common room. We would guess that means better behaviour, but wouldnt bank on it!

6)  Durability, longevity of use
Forget replacing broken chairs every few months, or torn fabrics on cheap sofas. The modular seating we manufacture (Concept2) is made with solid wooden frames and upholstered in only the most hard-wearing contract fabrics and faux leathers. This means you are likely to get use out of your seating for the best part of a decade. That also means you can use your budget for more important things than torn cushions etc.

7) It makes a great impression on visitors
Offsted visits? Parents scouting schools for their children? Governors? Whoever it might be, modular seating in bright colours and funky layouts can help to make a truly great and lasting impression on visitors.

Tell us what you think about modular seating for schools in the comments below…

Project Watch: Multicoloured Modular Seating at LSI, Portsmouth

We’ve just successfully helped Language Specialists International (LSI) in Portsmouth transform their previously tired common room into a radiant, lively hub of study and socialising with a bright assortment of modular seating and cubes.

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As ever with our modular seating projects, we got creative and came up with a number of prospective layouts comprising of different arrangements and colour schemes for LSI to choose from.

In the end, the language school opted for a 72-seat layout encompassing arc configurations, corner set-ups and centrebenches (pictured left) in a blend of bright and beautiful colours.

“Great service from start to finish from Paul and all the team at Cube Company. We’re so happy with the results and the students love the new look! Big thanks to all!!” – Hannah Youell – Marketing, Student Services and Assistant to the Principal

To view our entire Concept2 Modular Seating range, click here »

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The Psychology of Colours…in Education

While there is no single best colour for clasrooms or common rooms in schools, some are definitely better than others. The right shade can transform a busy, loud environment into a tranquil place of focus and deep thought. So, we thought we’d apply the psychology of colour to decor and furniture in schools in a simple quick-fire list format in order to help you create your desired atmospheres.

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Even though you may not have control over what colours the walls or ceilings are painted in your school, you may be able to add desired colours to rooms with furniture like tables, bookcases, shelves and, our speciality, seating.

It’s good to distinguish different parts of a room which are to be used for different activities, and furnishings can do exactly that to great effect. Bright and bold colours encourage activity, whilst pale and pastel colours often have the effect of calming.

Now we’ll take you through a colour-by-colour guide explaining the supposed effects each colour has on students and where each should or should not be used.

Colours, Their Effects and Appropriate Places:

Red – Bright and bold which evokes strong emotions. Shown to increase the heart rate. Considered the colour of passion, intensity and excitement. Tends to be too loud and distracting for class rooms. Useful for changing rooms and corridors to stop loitering and boost the flow of students.

Blue – Induces feelings of calmness and serenity. Has been shown to lower the pulse rate and body temperature. Studies argue Blue boosts productivity in schools and workplaces. Supposedly the least appetising colour, so should be kept out of canteens.

Green – Symbolises nature and the natural world. Represents tranquility, prosperity, and health. Some studies even found that green can improve reading ability. Green is thought to have calming qualities and relieve stress. Pale or light green is ideal for libraries and quiet reading areas.

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Orange – Brings about excitement and enthusiasm. Is said to stimulate creativity and innovation. Also stimulates appetite and is strongly recommended for canteens and dining areas.

Yellow – Strangely yellow has more negative connotations than positive (i.e. brings out frustration and anger), but is also said to speed up metabolism and is therefore recommended for canteens and dining areas.


Colours to Avoid:

White – Can be stark and overly institutional. White also reflects the most light, therefore places more strain on the eyes than any other colour.

Brown & Black – These two colours have been shown to induce feelings of fear and anxiety in young people, so it is especially wise to keep these colours to a minimum in Primary/ Lower schools. Of course, little pieces of furniture are fine, but big walls or a room full of black seating should be avoided.


Highly-regarded Pastel Colours:

Peach – Similar to Orange in many ways, but deemed much softer and warmer. Often advised for classrooms.

Taupe – Like peach, considered very relaxing. Ideal for classrooms.

Pale Blue – Has calming and soothing qualities. Many schools use pale pastel blues for special classes or rooms which will look after students with emotional or behavioral problems.

Just remember, it’s good to distinguish between different areas of rooms for different activities. Common rooms can benefit from being predominately green in quiet areas whilst featuring lots of red and orange in social zones. In classrooms  it’s a good idea to have warm pastel colours on three walls and then an appropriate bright-coloured main wall (e.g. where the whiteboard is) to stimulate students.

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Project Watch: School Seating at Harvey Grammar, Folkestone

Cube Company provided The Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone with a large 70+ seat layout of its innovative Concept2 Modular Seating range for the Sixth Form common room.

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Firstly, we designed a number of layout plans for the school to choose from. Then, when one was decided on, we began manufacturing a range of different shaped configurable seats in red, black and grey faux leather to match the school’s colours.

Finally, we delivered all the seating and tables exactly 4 weeks from the order date and stood back to watch teachers and student alike brimming with excitement over their fancy new common room.

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How to Create the Perfect Student Common Room

Schools and Colleges are often faced with the difficult challenge of trying to design a common room that both looks great and functions as a place of study, relaxation and fun all in one, so we have put together a short list of ways to help you create the perfect student common room.

Student Common Room at Huntingdonshire Regional College

(1) Seating
Now, we might be a little biased here, but we believe seating is one of the most important elements of any common. After all, students primarily use common rooms to sit and either study, relax or eat. Therefore, the seating needs to be first and foremost comfortable, but also configurable. By configurable, we mean the seating should be able to be moved around into new layouts to suit different tasks and to meet different requirements.

Modular seating is freely-moveable and widely-configurable, and serves as a great platform for shared learning activities and group debates, but you can read more about that here.

(2) Interior Decor
Students respond well to bright colours, so it’s a no-brainer to opt for bright blues, yellows, greens, reds and even pinks. What’s even more impressive is if you can coordinate some of the decor in your common room with the colours featured in the school’s logo and branding.

Inspirational quotes and motivational pictures (such as shots of great sporting moments) have been proven to have a positive effect on students too, so get looking for posters and canvasses to inspire your young people.

(3) Forms of Entertainment
We know there is a fine balancing act required here. There’s a tight-rope to walk, so to speak. Offer no form of entertainment and students will feel demotivated, bored and may hold the school in an unfavourable light, but offer too many and you may see a sharp decline in work ethic.

On our travels to various different schools, we’ve found the establishments that seem to have the perfect chemistry in their common rooms are those with something audio (e.g. a CD player), something visual (a television) and something for students to play (e.g. a pool table or chess board). Three forms of school-provided entertainment seems to be about the right number. We tend to think games consoles can become a bit too addictive, so advise against them.

(4) Food, Glorious Food
This is an incredibly simple one: whether it is a toaster, microwave, fridge or even just a vending machine, offering students a way to either prepare or buy food and drink is a sure-fire way to keep them happy.

(5) Windows, Natural Light
Having plenty of natural light flooding in not only helps to make common rooms brighter and livelier, but natural light has been scientifically proven to boost productivity and alertness in people. Now, we appreciate that some schools may not be blessed with a common room boasting an abundance of windows, but if you are designing a brand-new common room, this should be right up there at the top of your list of considerations.

And there you have it, our 5 most important elements needed to create a common room that both looks great and meets the demands of your (very demanding) students.

Visit our official website to view our extensive range of modular seating if you were enticed by tip #1.

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5 Ways Modular Seating Can Benefit Your School

Modular seating is a range of different-sized and different-shaped units that can be configured together to form virtually any seating layout imaginable. But as well as being very practical, modular seating has many other other benefits.

Here are the 5 ways in which modular seating can improve various aspects of your school.

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1) Reinvigorating old or worn rooms quickly and easily
We’ve seen bright and bold coloured Modular seating literally inject a new lease of life into old and shabby common rooms in schools up and down the country. And what’s more, it was done by simply dropping some units into place; there was no need to rip up carpets, paint walls or go through similar hassles.

2) Improved communal atmospheres
Given the way this type of seating can be configured, most of the schools we have worked with have found that the atmosphere in their common rooms have become much better. Students are sitting together in mixed groups and conversation is rife (when it is allowed to be!).

3) More opportunities for shared learning activities and group debates
Due to its free-standing and widely-configurable qualities, modular seating provides increased opportunities for group debates and shared learning activities amongst students in common rooms and break rooms. Therefore, in a roundabout way, modular seating actually acts as a platform for student development.

4) Teachers have more freedom to construct new and innovative lesson plans
Seeing as seating can be rearranged into almost any layout within a matter of minutes, teachers will be able to devise various new lesson plans based around teamworking activities which can be carried out thanks to your new modular seating.

5) Improved attitudes in students
We realise that not every student will show his or her appreciation for money invested in them, but many of the teachers we have dealt which claim they have seen a positive change in the attitude of students who feel proud of their ‘new’ common rooms and feel a sense of ownership thus treating it with more respect. One teacher even told us that a group of boys had shelved their mischievous behaviour in favour of playing chess in their common room!

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PS. you can view our full range of modular seating here

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