School furniture design

  • School Furniture Design

    School furniture is an essential supply component of Education and Child Survival. Studies show a direct connection between comfortable school furniture and increased learning and development of children in classrooms. UNICEF Product Innovation has recently introduced an open source portfolio of child-friendly school furniture designs which are built locally with locally available materials to support local production ensure activity-based learning outcomes. Manufactures are welcome to utilize the technical drawings and specifications commercially.


    Benefits of the child-friendly school furniture:

    Facilitate learning and teaching: Improved comfort level of children sitting in classrooms for extended periods of time will facilitate better learning. Similarly teaching methods can be facilitated with the new easy to move, light weight modular furniture that is designed to give teachers better access to each and every student in the classroom.  

    Efficiency: The new designs will allow efficient use of raw materials in a low resource setting that has a positive impact on environment and promote appropriate use of scarce resources. It also translates into spreading the limited funding on larger number of students for achieving equity objectives.

    Sustainable growth: Local production of furniture will help build local capacity of manufacturers and reduce reliance on importing ready made goods. While boasting local economy, local production makes maintenance a lot easier and lengthening the life span of furniture. 

    Transport: Flat packed furniture can be easily transported, handled and assembled resulting in huge saving in transport cost, low carbon emission and reduced incidents of damage during transit.



    The furniture designs and specifications are targeting a global market, therefore adaptable to local conditions and/or standards.

    The specifications are still under evaluation and are subject to minor changes.

    The videos below provide a 360° view of the final designs.

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  • For more information on the project please visit the School Furniture Project page or contact: innovateforchildren@unicef.org.