Let’s chat about the significance of student furniture in accommodations and the effect it has on the student experience. Student life is dynamic and demanding and needs furniture that not only caters to their needs as students but also fosters a sense of home-away-from-home.
The furniture used in student accommodations serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it needs to be functional. Student living is often a cosy space so choosing furniture that's efficient and that makes the space multifunctional. Not only that but student furniture needs to be durable and withstand the job of living, studying, and relaxing all in one. From study sessions to relaxation after a long day of classes, your student furniture choices have an effect on the overall student experience.
For example, comfortable lounge chairs create a cosy spot to catch up on class reading and ergonomic student desk chairs and a well-designed desk are essential for good posture and to create a positive and productive environment to study.
Student furniture also needs to be aesthetically pleasing. The design, colours, textures and overall feeling of student furniture need to be visually appealing. When you’re in a well-designed student space that is thoughtful and delightful to experience it changes the overall feeling of the room. It transports you from just a drab, dingy room into somewhere that contributes to a healthy state of mind and creates a calming sensation.
If students feel comfortable in their space they will have a positive student experience with more willingness to study hard, participate and generally enjoy the university journey.
How can I create a collaborative study area in student accommodations?
Collaborative spaces can be tricky as they need to be multifunctional and work for a variety of group sizes, and use cases. If you want to foster collaboration with your student furniture choices we recommend opting for modular desks and tables. This way students can customise the study space to their specific needs. It can also work for group projects, small pods, and individual studies. Although modularity is a good choice you also need to consider how durable and comfortable the space is. This will come down to a lot more than just the student furniture, as you want to make sure colours and lighting are also contributing to the useability of the collaborative study space.
What's the ideal balance between aesthetics and functionality in student bedrooms?
There’s always going to be a need to strike a balance between budget, function and visual appeal. Prioritize functionality while keeping aesthetics in mind - make sure you choose furniture that serves its purpose while adding a touch of style to the room.
How can I prevent clutter in student spaces with limited square footage?
With small spaces like student accommodations, even a small amount of clutter can leave a space feeling small and claustrophobic. We recommend investing in furniture with built-in storage solutions. This could mean beds with drawers underneath or desks with built-in shelving units so students can keep their workspace clear and s, to help students keep their spaces organized.
What are some of the pitfalls of designing student accommodation spaces and choosing student furniture?
Designing student accommodations can present some unique challenges. It’s important to avoid overcrowding the space with student furniture – while it's essential to include some specific furniture pieces, overcrowding can lead to a cluttered and unwelcoming atmosphere which will lead to a space where students can neither study nor relax properly.
Look for multi-functional furniture that will be versatile and save space. Don’t fall prey to overly trendy designs. We recommend choosing student furniture that is timeless and that won't be outdated after just a short while.
We also recommend choosing student accommodation furniture that is durable and easy to clean and maintain as student accommodations see a high turnover rate.
What do I need to know about specifying student lounge furniture?
Selecting the right furniture for student lounges and bedrooms requires careful consideration. Student lounges are a place where fellow students come together to relax and unwind after a long day of classes. It’s a space for community and relaxation. Make sure when you’re choosing furniture that student sofas and lounge chairs should prioritize comfort and durability, as they are sure to see heavy use. We recommend stain-resistant fabrics that will withstand spills and frequent cleaning. When selecting sofas for student common rooms you’ll want comfort and durability. Modular designs are a great way to adapt to different spaces and seating arrangements based on student needs. In addition to these functional recommendations, we suggest choosing well-designed furniture that adds a sense of calm and relaxation. The furniture can be light and airy to create a greater sense of space.
What materials are best for student lounge chairs?
Student lounge chairs should be upholstered in durable and easy-to-clean fabrics. Especially in communal student areas, student lounge furniture will go through a lot of wear and tear. Make sure that the materials you choose can withstand a lot of use. Use the Martindale test to choose fabrics with a high rub count, or choose materials that are less likely to wear down such as plastic, leather or seat covers that are easy to remove to wash and mend when needed.
Specifying student bedroom furniture - the essentials.
Student bedrooms are a multi-use space. Of course it’s a living space where the bed takes centre stage, but there are quite a few other considerations for your student bedroom furniture. When specifying beds make sure to choose quality mattresses that provide adequate support, and consider storage solutions like under-bed drawers to maximize space. Student rooms are typically quite small so having clever storage options will be a huge win. Functional desks are vital. They need to be spacious enough for study materials and equipped with charging ports and additional storage, such as drawers and a bookshelf, for study materials.
What is student accommodation furniture?
Student accommodation furniture usually includes bedroom furniture, lounge furniture, desks, desk chairs and dining chairs and tables. As the numbers of university students has risen, so has the number and variety of student accommodation buildings. Well-designed furniture has become correspondingly more important, to attract students. Despite this, the robustness of student accommodation furniture remains vital.
Layouts differ considerably; some student accommodation projects have a large communal area, others have smaller grouping of bedrooms with smaller communal areas; some have no communal areas at all.
Bedroom furniture for student accommodation usually includes a student desk chair, anything from a stool to a swivel chair, as well as at least one occasional chair. Our usual request is for a hard-wearing chair that doesn’t have a large space footprint.
Dining areas can look like the interior of a modern cafe or can have picnic tables; the variety is large; table heights can vary, with some using poseur height tables, with stools. For work areas, tables may also require plug sockets and internal cabling for laptops. Lounge areas are equally diverse.
As the student accommodation market becomes ever more competitive, designers are also seeking to incorporate fun elements into communal spaces and bespoke table tennis tables are in more demand than ever.