The Psychological Effects of Furniture on Your Classroom

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In a recent study, students were asked to design and build a workspace (desk) using the scientific method in all aspects of engineering, production and design. Students were asked to create models and then translate them into full-size replicas of their work.

Throughout the process, psychology students were examining content in order to study the connection between space and work.  They wanted to find out what psychological reports have been done on education and what their outcomes were. Architecture students scrutinized the sensory features of physical space: light, sound, and touch. They contemplated the scale and available resources available.

Have you ever considered how important furniture is to form and function as it relates to students?

During this course of action, design flaws were discovered.  As students went from tiny models to full-scale furniture, they realized that there was some problem with their computations. They found that things were not the correct height, table legs wobbled, and they were in need of a better foundation.  Therefore pieces of their designs had to be revised.

This was a great collaboration between psychology students and engineering students using their respective areas of mastery in order to design the most efficient workspace. While psychology students concentrated on the relationship between space and learning, the engineering students were concerned with ergonomics and design.

Collaboration among students can trigger some new and wonderful designs as well as offering each other support as they attempt something that is somewhat intimidating and new.

For a more in-depth understanding of the psychological effects of furniture, read the original article here:
Architecture, Psychology… and Furniture?