Cheat Sheets

Shopping for Cafeteria Tables

Nov. 28th, 2022

New cafeteria tables are a big purchase for schools and businesses, so there are several points you’ll want to consider as you shop. Size, seating type, shape and style are all things to take into account. . . .
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School Chairs Shopping Guide

Oct. 24th, 2022

A generation ago, most school chairs took on the same basic shape, size and feel. In today’s classroom, you’ll find a variety of chairs that are designed to better fit each individual student’s learning needs. . . .
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Desks vs. Tables in the Classroom

June 1st, 2022

When it comes to classroom layout, desks and tables are the main building blocks towards how a space will function. While classroom space often drives buying decisions, there are other points to consider when selecting your furniture. . . .
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What Does it Mean to Be Green (at School)?

May 23th, 2022

The demand for commercial products that meet sustainability and wellness standards is increasing among school builders, architects, designers and administrators. From responsibly sourced paper to nontoxic furniture, there’s a growing selection of eco-friendly products available for educational facilities. These “green” products come with labels and certifications that can often be difficult to understand. We’ve outlined the four most common green ratings . . .
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Why Add a GaGa Ball Pit to Your Playground?

May 12th, 2022

When choosing playground equipment, there are many points to consider such as safety, affordability, durability and versality. GaGa Ball Pits check all those boxes. GaGa Ball has been around for decades but has really grow in popularity over the last 10 years. It is a simple game that can be played by all ages and most abilities, which makes it a great choice for schools. . . .
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Daycare Cot Buyer's Guide

Apr 14th, 2022

Offering your preschoolers a nap or quiet rest time can help stabilize emotions, reduce tantrums and give you a much-needed break. Kids are often more open to daytime snoozing when they have a comfortable place to relax. Vinyl mesh cots are the most hygienic and economical choice for childcare centers. They’re easy to clean, stack for compact storage and come in two lengths to accommodate different age groups. Accessories like . . .
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Good Things to Know About Classroom Rugs

Apr 4th, 2022

A school rug is more than floor decor. Without breaking your school's budget, an area rug can change the look, sound and feel of your classroom. Most classrooms are made up of a variety of hard materials – hard floors, hard boards, hard desks and chairs. The combination of so many hard surfaces can cause echoing and disruptive noise levels. The murmur of a group working . . .
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Choosing Options

Choral Risers: Three Questions Before You Buy

Mar 25th, 2022

Spring is a popular season for chorus concerts. Many high schools, colleges, churches and professional choir groups are busy planning their next performance. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade or replace your existing portable risers. You’ll notice that the number of options can be overwhelming. It’s important to understand how the risers will be used . . .
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What to Know Before Buying Folding Chairs

Mar 4th, 2022

Since folding chairs are so widely used, it's likely that you haven't given much thought to their differences. Not all folding chairs are made the same and with time and heavy use, those variations become more apparent. Let's take a look at some common folding chair malfunctions and the reasons behind them . . .
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Choosing the Best Portable Stage for your School

Feb 18th, 2022

From performances and speeches to awards and graduation ceremonies, the average school has several productions each year. Having a reliable portable stage is essential to hosting successful events. As their name implies, portable stages are mobile, easy to install and can be placed in storage when not in use. . . .
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Differences in Masks and Facial Coverings

Feb 8th, 2022

While mask wearing has been an important piece in fighting COVID-19 and other transmissible illnesses, frequent updates to mask recommendations by the CDC have created confusion over which type is the best to wear. . . .
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Activity Table Seating Guidelines

Feb 1st, 2022

The hub of the classroom, the activity table is often the place students gather for group work, reading, snack time and tutoring. But did you know that an activity table’s shape and size can impact the overall learning environment? Some table styles better support group work while others are great for art projects or fun activities. Determining which activity table . . .
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Choosing a Desktop Type

Jan 18th, 2022

After much research, you decide on the style of school desk that is perfect for your classroom. Now you face the next question – what desktop material should you choose? Today's school desks are offered in many different materials to fit educators' budget, durability and aesthetic needs. Let's take a look at some of the most popular classroom desktop materials: . . .
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Making a Choice

Daycare Baby Crib Safety Standards

Jan 4th, 2022

Cribs are one of the most regulated products that you’ll purchase for your childcare center. These strict federal standards and guidelines are set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC is an independent government agency that develops safety standards for consumer products. All cribs sold in the U.S. must meet CPSC standards for overall safety. These important requirements have . . .
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A Guide to Classroom Table Leg Heights

Nov 5th, 2021

Dry erase boards are an invaluable communication tool for classrooms and offices. Often referred to as whiteboards due to their color, these boards were originally made of enameled steel and came with a hefty price tag. As dry erase boards grew in popularity, less expensive laminate versions were introduced to the market. While steel and laminate-based boards are still top sellers, melamine and tempered glass boards are becoming more common. . . .
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Ranking Dry Erase Boards

Sept 3rd, 2021

Once just a place for small group work, classroom tables are now where students eat, use devices, work on STEM projects, collaborate and more. To choose the right table for your students, height should be one of your first considerations. Table height should be based on the age or grade level of the students. Next, you’ll decide if you’d prefer . . .
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The Best Science Tabletop Materials for your Lab

July 15th, 2021

Redesigning your high school or college science lab? There are more tabletop choices available than ever before. Traditional phenolic and epoxy work surfaces are still sought-after; however, materials like laminate, wood and stainless steel are increasing in popularity. Each material functions differently in a lab setting and has its own unique list of pros and cons. . . .
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Choosing the Correct Classroom Chair Height

April 14th, 2021

Thinking about replacing your classroom chairs? The process can become overwhelming once you realize how many seat heights are available. Kids grow at different rates and the optimal chair height can vary greatly even within the same grade level. So where do you start? . . .
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