Classrooms are an essential component in any educational facility, be it an elementary school, university, or community center. The main purpose of a classroom is to provide a distraction free space for uninterrupted learning to take place, but the actual classroom layout will depend on the age group of the students, along with the subject being taught. For example, preschool classroom layouts must be equipped to facilitate a variety of age appropriate activities and tend to have furniture arrangements appropriate to the size of the children. High school science classroom layouts must be arranged to accommodate the necessary lab equipment and safety procedures.
Safety, comfort, productivity, and accommodation are the important factors to consider when designing a classroom layout. It is important also to recognize the intent or purpose of the space and design accordingly. Students may have different learning preferences, so designing a classroom layout to be a flexible learning environment is ideal.
A good layout for adult education classrooms is dependent on the number of people and type of interaction to be had, meaning either more teacher-based or student-based. The chevron style layout is considered a good layout for these kinds of classrooms, angled in such a way (like an auditorium) to promote a sense of participation and place focus on the teacher.
Health and safety is of the utmost importance when designing a classroom for preschoolers. The design should promote productivity and positive behavior while encouraging creativity and a sense of exploration. Classrooms for preschoolers are often separated into areas for different activities or types of learning (art, music, science, reading). It is important to have the right selection of supplies and materials and have the proper organization and display of them to maximize their education.