Although the COVID-19 pandemic may be coming to a close in the not-so-distant future, this worldwide crisis is expected to bring lasting changes to office interior design. Classrooms are not excluded from design adaptations, and learning spaces at all levels have already begun to reflect this. Interested in making changes to your classroom? Here, we share more about modern design to help you create a space that optimizes learning while keeping occupants as safe as possible.

Handwashing Stations

Frequent hand washing is critical in reducing the spread of many communicable diseases. To cut down on the spread of viruses and bacteria, many schools have added hand washing stations throughout the building. This can be as simple as attaching an automated hand sanitizer dispenser in each room so everyone who enters can sanitize their hands immediately.

Mobile Screens

COVID-19 is spread through airborne droplets, and protective screens have become a mainstay in crowded areas such as grocery stores, banks, and more. Plexiglass or transparent screens have become commonplace in classrooms, too. Portable screens will likely be a popular choice for educational settings, as the mobility of this accessory will allow the speaker to safely move throughout the room while presenting.

Reduced Density

Six feet between bodies is a guideline that’s likely here to stay in public settings. Although this may not be possible in all classrooms, reduced density is a trend that’s popping up in classrooms around the globe. Even if you’re not able to give a full six feet of space between desks, you can work with a designer to set up the room with creative seating. Placing desks in offset diagonal patterns allows more room between each student while allowing each learner an optimal view of the teacher.

Enhanced Acoustics

Although mask mandates vary by state, many school districts are continuing to encourage or require staff to wear masks. Wearing a face covering can make it more difficult for students to decipher what’s being said, so enhanced acoustics are helpful when teachers are masked. There are several ways to improve the acoustics of a room, such as adding acoustical ceiling tile or even hanging soundproof curtains.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in sweeping changes to our way of life. With the rise of remote work and learning (or a mixed approach), it’s no surprise that office interior design has adapted. Classroom design is already changing to meet the needs of students and staff, and the trends highlighted here will likely remain commonplace in schools across the country. If you’re ready to overhaul the classroom to provide a comfortable and functional learning space, our experienced design team is here to help. We’d love to speak with you about your vision and create a plan to ensure that your students and teachers have a safe and stylish room to enjoy. Contact us to arrange a consultation and begin designing your dream classroom.