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Furniture to Inspire
Learning and Creativity

Imagine a place where students feel at home and comfortable, yet energised and inspired, their minds open and ready to learn. According to the HEAD (Holistic Evidence and Design) project from the University of Salford in Manchester, such a place exists, but you need to help create it for them.

In the study, which tracked 3766 primary students’ progress over the course of a year, simple changes in the educational environment have the power to increase children’s learning ability by up to 16%. This is ground-breaking research, representing the first clear scientific proof that a schoolroom in which primary students spend most their time can have a real impact on academic performance in reading, writing, and maths.

When you think about it, these results make sense.

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Uncomfortable surfaces, drab colours, and a lack of stimulating objects suppress the imagination and created a guarded mental state. For example, the colour grey – common in many educational settings – is considered depressive, and lends to a lack of confidence and low energy levels. It is, in fact, the only colour which is psychologically neutral – having no positive effects. By contrast, bright colours and inviting environments stimulate creativity, intellect, confidence, communication, trust, and harmony.

When you’re responsible for creating the best possible learning environment for the students who rely on you, you not only need to take into consideration colour and comfort, but safety and functionality as well. According to the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, furniture in a setting designed for children should enable safe use in order to minimise accidents and help to enhance independence, confidence, and self-esteem. Specific details to be considered include:

  • The surface material
  • Corners
  • Weight
  • Stability

Particularly for young children, furniture should offer support for safe sitting, as opposed to items like backless stools.

In addition, school furniture and equipment should facilitate creative expression, energetic activity, the exploration of concepts like math and science, and the ability to participate in everyday tasks.

Bliss Bean Bags offer:

  • Durability (with Barrierguard ™ for stain and abrasion resistance)
  • Resilience
  • Continuity of use
  • Ease of cleaning (Microguard ™ inhibits mould and mildew)
  • Smoothness - no sharp or hard edges
  • Impact resistance
  • Slip resistance
  • Chemical & heat resistance (tested to Australian fire-retardant standards)
  • Suitability for mobility equipment users
  • Colours & patterns which stimulate learning

Due to its hardwearing, water-resistant nature and ease of cleaning, vinyl is often the product of choice for many of today’s modern educational facilities, with options from K to 12 and Universities.

With regards to cleaning and maintenance, all Bliss Bean Bags provide a continuous, impervious and hygienic solution for furniture which can be confidently cleaned in accordance with recommended maintenance procedures and approved school maintenance products.

Our commercial grade vinyl has gone through extensive rub tests and due to its flexibility, durability, performance, and functionality, has served thousands of students across Australia very well.

Bliss Bean Bags continues to be able to offer the best value solutions where high quality, high performance and longevity are a given.