1. Choose cubbies that are large enough for everything you want stored off the floor and out of desks. You can find some models that are less expensive, but they are generally smaller in size and not as sturdy for holding things like books and backpacks. They also won't have a lifetime warranty against defects. Penny wise and pound foolish will be hard on your budget in the long run.
2. Let your cubby station show a little personality if the class warrants a little show time! Choose models that come in bright colors or if you prefer wood, plastic bins are easy to find in a rainbow of colors and help kids find their space quickly. This not only adds a little extra fun and flavor to the classroom, but helps kids remember which cubby belongs to whom.
3. If you purchase a larger cubby unit, be sure you find one that will not tip under extreme weight and pressure. Tip proof cubbies won't fall over, no matter how rambunctious your class gets. Parents will also appreciate that you're considering their child's safety. They want to trust that you have their kids best interest when furnishing your surroundings.
4. Buy cubby holders that are suitable for multiple age groups, especially if you buy portable models. This ensures that should classrooms be moved around, you have multiple age groups in one room, or the unit has to be moved: you are prepared for kindergarteners and Pre-teens alike. Believe it or not some cubbies come with casters and are fairly easy to move if built correctly.
5. Don't buy cheap!
If we've peaked your interest, check out our line of Jonti-Craft classroom cubbies. They feature:
- KYDZ Safe edges: All edges, front, back and base are fully rounded to create KYDZSafe edges. The recessed backs enhance the strength and appearance
- KYDZ TUFF finish: Finish is as tough as the coating used on gym floors. Resists stains, won't yellow and is easy to clean.
- KYDZ Strong: Construction employs the dowel pin technique. This leaves the thickness of the material intact where most of the stress occurs. Increases the already noteworthy strength of the piece by 30% or more.