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Variable Seating

Variable Seating

Variable Seating


Learning environments that only have standard desks and chairs limit students’ choice, autonomy, and freedom of movement while also limiting the types of activities and learning experiences they are capable of accommodating.


Having a variety of seating options allows students to spend time learning while standing, sitting on the floor, in lounge furniture, or at hard-surface work stations (both low and high). This variability contributes to more ergonomic learning environments, a factor that leads to productivity, health, and wellness. Ideally, soft seating is commonplace throughout the school, not simply a one-off novelty in special areas.

Related Patterns Learning Commons, Learning Studio, Agile Spaces, Multiple Intelligences

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