When thinking about updating or refurbishing dormitory furniture it’s important to remember that boarding houses and boarding bedrooms are an integral part to students experience and wellbeing whilst studying at an independent school.
Over the years we have worked with many independent schools who have chosen to upgrade or completely refurbish their dormitory furniture. This means that we have the insight and skills to establish the various needs and trends that have evolved over almost 50 years.
Students and parents take comfort from a boarding environment being a homely place to relax and unwind after classes. We understand that the pastoral care of students is just as important as their education, we want to work with staff to produce comfortable and aesthetically pleasing dormitory furniture for students of all ages.
Ensuring the Furniture is Right for the Room
Each bedroom is different, whether that be size, accessibility or period features its important to choose furniture that will be beneficial to students as well as suiting the architecture. We provide a free bespoke design service to maximise space and to ensure that schools are getting the most out of the furniture they purchase.
Storage is Key
It can be hard for students to come from a place where everything they need is in one place to moving into a dormitory where they have to condense necessities into a smaller area. Providing ample storage in students bedrooms will help to make the transition easier, and encourage them to keep their space neat and tidy.
Many of our beds are available with a range of storage options underneath, such as drawers, cupboards or sliding doors. Utilising the storage underneath a bed can help to maximise space, especially if the room is small. We also manufacture high beds, that can incorporate a wardrobe, a desk or both. Our Monkton Combe bed is designed to house both a desk and a wardrobe, ideal for storing clothes and completing prep. Alternatively our St Bedes Unit is a lower bed that provides ample storage space underneath the base plus a wardrobe and storage shelves for personal items.
Fresh Colour Schemes
Last year we completed a project for The Royal High School Bath, who wanted us to create a modern and classic feel to their girls dormitories. This project involved looking at current furniture trends and the specifications of the school and turning that into items that would be suitable in student environments. The colour schemes for the furniture fitte well within the existing decor and the fresh look created a new and modern feel. When choosing a new colour scheme, it’s important to take in to account what the students want, or choosing colours that are simple and will stand the test of time. We are able to manufacture our furniture in a range of finishes, we are able to colour match to any RAL number and have a wide selection of coloured laminates available to enable schools to have different variations of furniture for their needs.
Another alternative colour scheme is white, some schools opt for this colour as it gives a fresh feel to dormitories, this also enables the beds to be neutral and fit well in most decors and are suitable for both boys dorms and girls dorms.
Ensure There is Room for Personal Items
Students may find comfort from being able to have personal items in their dormitories. Personal items may be pictures, toys, or mobile devices – it’s important to create a space for them to showcase these items to be able to use when they are feeling homesick. It may be an idea to install shelving units around the room, or add shelving to the back of bed headboards to ensure that everything is in easy reach.
If you would like to discuss the room layout for your school dormitory furniture please do not hesitate to contact our office where a member of our team would be more than happy to help you.