Seating Guide

Creating High-Performance Learning Environments

Classroom furniture is the foundational building block of a quality learning environment. Seating must be comfortable and durable. Work surfaces must be adequate to specific tasks - note-taking, laptop computer use, experiments, etc. Beyond these functional aspects, the classroom image portrayed correlates to student perception of your performance expectations. An attractive, highly functional, quality environment tells them you expect excellence.

Space & Capacity

Furniture must provide the right fit for the desired solution while maximizing space.
  • Rooms with only one entrance/exit can, per fire code, accommodate a maximum of 49 students.
  • Rooms planned for 75 students or more usually benefit from Fixed Seating solutions.
  • Seating facing the narrow wall creates optimal viewing for audio/visuals.
  • Seating facing the wide wall provides maximum front-of-room instructional area for a more intimate atmosphere.

Spacial Considerations


Tablet Arm Chairs

Tables and Chairs

Theater-stye Seating

Continuous Tables/Chairs

50 - 100 sq. ft.

16 - 19 sq. ft. per student

22 - 32 sq. ft. per student

11 - 15 sq. ft. per student

17 - 22 sq. ft. per student

Example with Continuous Table/Chairs: 40 students = 900 sq. ft. room - 100 sq. ft. instructor space /20 sq. ft. per student

Student Seating Capacity = Total square footage of room minus 50-100 square feet of instructor space, divided by the square footage per student (depending on type of furniture to be used).

 Recommendations for Seating Specification

Table depth

Table width


Riser height

riser depth


18" to 24"

32" to 36" per student

40" to 48" per student with a fixed desktop computer

6" to 7"

50" to 57"

(18" to 24" for table / 32" to 35" for chair)