Furniture

How a room or facility is furnished can often dictate how it is used. Having a variety of furniture options allows for a flexible use of space and can foster creativity. Some possible furniture solutions are as follow:

Furniture Variety: Having a variety of comfortable seating options allows for a flexible use of space. Considerations may be given to having a combination of office chairs, lounge chairs, and couches. Using a combination of furniture shapes such as round, trpezoidal, and rectangular can inspire collaboration and creativity and is visually interesting.

This photograph was taken in the lobby of the NSCA building at the University of Illinois. This space is a great example of furniture variety. The chairs tables and couches are a variety of shapes and heights. Collectively, this space is suitable for a variety of users allowing individuals and groups to be comfortable in the space.

Gaming and Beanbag Chairs: Gaming chairs are low slung chairs that rock and can be easily moved is a way to promote gaming and create a fun atmosphere.  Bean bag chairs can be easily moved is a way to promote gaming, reading, and relaxation while creating a fun atmosphere.

This photograph was taken at YouMedia in the Harold Washington Library of Chicago. The gaming chairs pictured allow for the youth to game comfortably and is also a relaxing place to sit. These can be found in a variety of colors and materials adding texture and color to any space.

 

Mobile Furniture: Whenever possible, furniture should have wheels for easy mobility and ultimate flexibility in the way the space is used.

This photograph was taken at YouMedia in the Harold Washington Library of Chicago. This photograph shows tables that can be moved throughout the space in order to accommodate the needs of the users. Because they have wheels, this space because dynamic in the ways in which it can be arranged.

Dividers: Movable room dividers can be used to create and/or isolate group meeting areas, or  delineate individual workspace.

This photograph was taken at YouMedia at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. Shown are the space dividers. The panels can be unfolded when in use. They work well for dividing larger spaces into smaller more intimate settings.

Storage and Display: If space is a concern, consider creating s multiple use storage unit. A unit could be built like a tall box, inside could be used for storing chairs or other furniture while the exterior surface could be used as a chalkboard, whiteboard, corkboard, etc.  Having shelving units that have movable or removable shelves allows for storage flexibility.

The photograph on the left was taken at Espresso Royal in the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. This adjustable shelving unit has a variety of sections for display and storage cabinet below.

The photograph to the right was taken at YouMedia at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. This storage locker is there for the user of this library space. This is a great way to protect an individual’s belongings while controlling theft in a high traffic area.

Curtains as divider: A flexible way to divide a space is with the use of curtains as a space divider.

This photograph was taken at the NSCA building at the University of Illinois. The curtains in the photograph are use as a divider seperating their storage and video production spaces. The black curtain, while functional also gives this space a theatrical feeling.

Movable Monitors: Having display monitors on carts is one way to allow participants to have impromptu meetingd without use of a projector. Monitors can be moved to where they are needed, and hooked up to either a desktop or laptop for sharing information with a number of people.

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