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Typical Classroom Layout Plans

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Group I. Small Multi-use Classroom and Computer Lab Designs (7)
computer training rooms less than 500 square feet

Group II. Medium Multi-Use Classroom and Computer Lab Plans (7)
training rooms: 500 - 1000 square feet

Group III. Large Multi-Use Classroom and Computer Lab Designs (2)
training rooms over 1000 square feet

Group IV. Shared-Terminal Labs (3)
training room designs for team computing, tutoring, one-computer classrooms

Group V. Multi-Use Conference Room and Interactive Training Designs (5)
meeting tables with integrated computers, video-conferencing and/or laptop support

Group VI. Laptop Classroom Plans (3)
desks, tables and tablet arm chairs

Group VII. Convertible, Multi-Purpose Training Room Layouts (1)
tables & chairs: room designs for mobile, multi-purpose, folding and stacking furniture

Group VIII. Odd Shape Rooms - Special Applications (2)
design solutions for unusual situations

Group IX. Multimedia Lecture Halls and Tiered Classrooms (1)
high-density seating, lecterns and podiums, desks and seminar tables

— Computer Classroom Design Criteria —

   Workstation Size
  • 30" wide computer stations fit full-width keyboards and mousing surfaces (left/right). SMARTdesks keyboard trays are 28" wide.
  • Allow 42" between rows (with keyboard retracted) when using computer task chairs on casters (39" for task chair with thin PVC back).
  • Position CRT/LCD with 30" from user eye to screen.
  • Allow 30"d surface for 14-19" CRT, 36" for 21" CRT.
  • LCD displays reduce desk depth requirement by 4-6".
  • Allow 72" deep x 60" wide space (minimum) for instructor station (desk or lectern). Include adequate access (check ADA requirement).
  • TIP: If students must access their stations by passing behind instructor's desk, allow minimum of 96" depth plus 36" to the side.
   Aisle Width
  • Establish 36" minimum width for aisles between rows of desks. 42" is preferable for wheelchair access.
  • Staggering desk rows increase perceived and actual aisle width and access.
  • For wheelchair access, maintain 48" minimum width for aisles to doors and 30" turning radius.
  • TIP: It is usually easier and less costly to move a door (and always simpler to change a door's swing) than to design around it.
  • Allow 30" chair space between laptop table rows.
  • If possible, allow 60" between conference table edge with keyboard trays retracted and wall.
   Equipment and Storage
  • Printer carts, cabinets or tables should offer enough width for printer and standard paper tray side-by-side.
  • Be sure to include accommodations for in-room media and supplies storage requirements.
  • TIP: Locate single printer near the instructor or entrance door to facilitate distribution and access.
  • Suspend projectors and screens from ceiling or walls to protect from damage and vibration, ensure correct positioning and save floor space.
   Doors, Windows, Radiators, Columns
  • Hold desks 6" from radiators and air ducts for adequate circulation.
  • Desks should run parallel to windows to prevent glare.
  • Be sure to account for door swing.
  • TIP: It is usually easier and less costly to move a door (and always simpler to change a door's swing) than to design around it.
  • Columns may affect visibility as well as seating. When planning, be sure to note location and size.
  • Adjustable computer chairs with arm rests promote ergonomic seating position resulting in increased classroom productivity and cognitive retention.
  • Be sure tablet arms are large enough to support laptops and swing up and out of the way to permit easy access.
  • 7-10% of tablet arm chairs for classrooms should be specified as left-handed.

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