Barbour Product Search is part of the Informa Intelligence Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

The 3 most important qualities of any school chair

The 3 most important qualities of any school chair

Choosing the right plastic school chairs for your establishment, can be a very important investment. From Spaceformes’ research, it has become apparent that schools and other institutions, are always looking for the same 3 qualities. Here is what to look for, when making your investment:

1. Comfort
Comfort is one aspect of any high-use chair, that can sometimes be forgotten. Especially when a business manager is struggling with the challenges of a tight budget. However, even with a tight budget, choosing a chair with exceptional comfort can still be achieved, if you know what to look for. For example, has the chair been tested for good posture? Does it meet the FIRA standard BS EN1729. Part 1 for ergonomics?

2. Strength
In any high-use environment, especially schools, colleges and universities, a plastic chair must be robust. So, how do you know if the chair you are choosing, will be strong enough to withstand the rigours of your particular establishment? Does the chair have any fixings? It is worth noting the thickness of the frame too. You can also look for the testing certificates. Most chairs should meet the EN1729standard Part 2 for strength. Another excellent standard to look out for is the EN16139:2013 level 2 certification for severe contract use. Both of these tests will demonstrate that the chair is strong.

3. Functionality
The final piece of the puzzle, is functionality. Are the plastic school chairs which you are choosing, functional for the environment for which you are using them? The best way to answer this question, is to simply ask the following:
• Who will be using the chair?
• What will it be used for? (Sitting obviously! But what situation?)
• When will it be used and for how long?

Conclusion
To sum up, always try to test the chairs first. Speak to your supplier or manufacturer and ask for a sample. Check the chair has the relevant test certificates and consider first, how will the chairs be used in your establishment.

Add to Project Board

Create a new project board: