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Over the last few months we’ve been asking educators and administrators what they need in place to create a safe, physically distanced learning space that also provides an engaging environment that their students are inspired by and want to be in. These conversations have resulted in collaborations with our design team to create new products to meet differing needs, as well as supporting educators to utilize the furniture they already have to adapt their spaces to navigate physical distancing requirements.

What is apparent is the core components of our sustainability made tables and benches are still the most in-demand items even during the pandemic. The feedback we’ve had is because, in addition to our products being naturally healthy (no nasty toxic glues, finishings or VOC’s) and environmentally responsibly made, their innate flexible design has proven to be very effective at continuing to create beautiful, inviting learning spaces that also lend themselves to physical distancing. This has been particularly true of our 4×4 table that allows students to sit far enough apart, one on each side facing each other, while still providing connection and the opportunity for collaboration.

The matching benches have also stayed in demand due to their adaptability and multi-use functionality. Our benches tend to offer more versatility than chairs because they can be easily moved by students themselves, be used as shelving, and create room delineation when needed. Their streamlined design also helps learning spaces to look less cluttered and calmer than multiple chairs.

If you would like to discuss how our sustainable tables and benches can support your and students’ learning goals please contact us.

Further Information:

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. 

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.