How To Choose Classroom Table & Chair Heights by Simon Colenutt, 19/01/15

What are the different heights for classroom tables and chairs in the UK, and which height of chair goes with which height of table? Find out here.

Encouraging children to learn effectively can, more often than not, feel more like an art than a science. Combining a stimulating environment with engaging lesson plans is essential to ensure children enjoy the process of learning, and take from their class time the relevant points needed.

But no matter how good a teacher is, or how inspiring their style of learning, a child's progress will be stifled if their classroom equipment is uncomfortable.

The Latest European Classroom Furniture Standard

To maximise a child's comfort in class, and to reduce the occurrence of osteopathic injuries, the European standard for school table heights and school chair heights underwent an overhaul in 2007, with the aim of creating a more effective seating situation for all age-groups. The new standard, the EN1729 Part 1 and 2, sets a minimum height for both tables and chairs that varies depending on age group.

The standard, drawn up by the Technical Committee for Europe, also details the new acceptable chair and table dimensions, intended to improve posture while sitting. With specially crafted touch-points, chairs are now required to discourage slouching and other postural errors.

The Latest Studies

The latest government studies reveal that an average of 3 children per-classroom suffer from some variation of back disorder. To minimise the effects of such conditions and reduce the likelihood of inflaming them, the new European standard takes the guesswork out of buying classroom tables and chairs and safeguards children from lesser-developed products.  Both Schools and Teachers are strongly encouraged when purchasing new classroom furniture to adhere to the latest European guidelines. The Team at UK Educational Furniture are here to help in any way we can and can be contacted either by calling 0844 824 8670 or emailing to assist with any queries you may have on our products or help with the ordering process.

Seat Chart

BS EN1729 Classroom Furniture Sizing

Classroom chair heights now range from 260mm-460mm and classroom tables heights now range from 460mm-760mm and caters to children between the ages of 3yrs-18yrs+. For the full lists of heights see the chart above along with our links to classroom tables and chairs.

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