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It’s exciting that many schools will welcome students back to campuses soon, but it’s putting a lot of pressure on educators and administrators to make decisions very fast, not only for the end of this school year but the beginning of the next as well. We understand that in many cases your school furniture needs to be ready to go before September, and you mostly need the core products that make up a classroom – tables, seating and storage. We’re here to support you!

As you plan to wrap up the current year, and plan for the next, know that we’re here to support you in ensuring your spaces are ready for students this fall! By purchasing sustainable, student focused, flexible furniture you are making both a smart financial decision and a meaningful one, as Natural Pod furniture is made to last and evolve with the needs of educators and learners.

Even through the pandemic our core products of tables, benches and shelving were still our most in-demand items. The feedback we’ve had on why is because in addition to our products being naturally healthy (no nasty toxic glues, finishings or VOC’s), and sustainable, their innate flexible design has lent themselves to physical distancing while still creating beautiful, inspiring learning spaces. This has been particularly true of our 4×4 tables that allow students to sit far enough apart, one on each side facing each other, while still providing connection and the opportunity for collaboration. And the beauty of the design is that even when physical distancing is no longer needed, the tables are highly flexible and can be moved easily into various configurations in order to meet the needs of the students and the projects they’re working on, whether that’s group collaboration or individual study.

The matching benches are still in demand for the same reasons, their sustainability, durability and their adaptable and multi-use functionality. Benches tend to offer more versatility than chairs because of how easily they can be moved by the students, while also having other uses such as being used as shelving, or creating room delineation when needed. Their streamlined design also helps learning spaces to look less cluttered and calmer than multiple chairs.

Then if you need storage or shelving we have multiple choices, from low and rectangular to large and curved, all depending on your objectives. Please see the photos for a selection of our shelving and storage options.

If you would like to place an order and have your furniture ready for the new school year, or to discuss how our sustainable learning furniture can support your students’ learning goals please contact us.

 

 

 

 

Tables:
Our exclusively designed Natural Pod square tables and benches are our core components for creating beautiful and collaborative learning environments, lending themselves to both the present physical distancing requirements and more collaborative learning styles once restrictions are eased. The table designs are all based on flowing curves that are not only beautiful but allow them to interlock with other adjoining tables creating longer or wider work areas. They come with either fixed or adjustable height legs and the undersides are strengthened so they are strong enough for use as a stage as well.

Benches:
Our matching benches complement our tables perfectly, using the same flowing curved profile and finger friendly edges. They come in a variety of heights that not only work so well with our own table offerings but also play well with other existing classroom furniture, plus benches offer tremendous versatility over their single seat cousins. As with all Natural Pod furniture our benches are very durable and strong, yet light enough for kids and educators to easily move them. This enables great flexibility, allowing educators to meet the needs of different activities and different learning styles.

Shelving and Storage:
We know space and storage efficiency in your classroom is so important, so we have designed numerous modular and flexible shelving and storage solutions in various sizes to suit differing needs. All our furniture pieces are dual or multi purpose, and our shelving is the same. Our larger pieces are very space efficient, completely movable with lockable castors and as well as traditionally placing them against a wall, ours can be used to create room division or to delineate different learning spaces. Our lower linear combined seating and shelving is highly versatile. The items come in a variety of sizes, and the modular pieces can be combined to create different heights of storage and seating arrangements as needed. We’ve also created smooth curve shelves to fit corner spaces or in order to aesthetically change a layout direction. All our shelving and seating is highly durable and stable, and suitable for use in grade schools, early learning, kindergarten, preschool, daycare, and further education.

Materials:
You can enjoy knowing these items are made with trees harvested using Forest Stewardship Council® certified source materials. Natural Pod is certified under Sustainable Northwest’s FSC® Chain of Custody Group (C012237). FSC® is the leading not-for-profit forest management certification organization. They help set the world’s most respected environmental and social standards for responsible forest resource use. Their guidelines help ensure our forests are respected and well managed for future generations.

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