Why bespoke furniture beats the catalogue for choice

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Most schools don’t have perfect, geometrically shaped rooms – it’s just a fact. If your school wasn’t purpose made as an educational establishment, perhaps it’s been subject to a conversion, or maybe it’s just an old building – whatever the case, you often need to be creative about how you use the available space. Classroom layout is important, and usually subject to regular change depending on the age range of pupils, the type of lesson being planned and the specific activities employed. The next most important element of a classroom is the available storage. With space being at a premium, it’s important to maximise the available storage area with the right furniture.

The most convenient way to purchase school furniture is “off-the-shelf” and from a catalogue – lots of styles to choose from, in different colours and materials. However, what a catalogue offers in many styles and colours, it is often restrictive in size and shape. By the very nature of stock items, they are often made in standard or popular sizes – but for a room with lots of corners, nooks and crannies, this can mean a loss of space by purchasing furniture that’s not really fit for purpose.

Headteacher Richard Royle describes how Ambic designed bespoke solutions for Elemore School in County Durham:


Having an unlimited choice of sizes and shapes is great, but ultimately someone has to sit down and work out which pieces of furniture should go where, in what size and shape and the best configuration of doors / drawers etc.

This can be a daunting task and very time consuming – so that’s where we come in. Our design experts will visit you, discuss exactly what your requirements are, then cast their expert eye over the area in question and come up with a cunning plan to transform the space with our great looking furniture, made exactly the way you want it.

At Ambic we use the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create a  design bespoke to your needs. As we make all our furniture to order, we can manufacture every piece of furniture to fit precisely into the available space and in a unique configuration.

The end result? A classroom or other educational room you will be truly proud of and that your students will enjoy for many, many years to come.


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