Transforming Cafeterias & Food Courts into Space Students Will Use Beyond Dining
There is a lot of valuable space in a school outside of classrooms. With the right furniture and layout, these spaces can be transformed into highly versatile and functional areas for students to use. One of the largest spaces in many schools is the cafeteria or Food Court. A cafeteria or food court is used by most, if not all, of the student population on any given school day. If the most highly trafficked time is for lunch, how is this dining space used at other times during the day? Do students only view it as a place to eat? A school cafeteria or food court can serve dual purposes and be used throughout the day as a place for students to work outside the classroom. In some cases, it can also be utilized for school assemblies or even a gym.
Schools that use their cafeteria as an auditorium call it a cafetorium. The space is then furnished with the appropriate AV equipment and furnishings necessary for school assemblies. These furnishings can include a stage, either portable or built-in, podium, projection screens, public address systems and chairs that stack for easy movement and storage. Cafeterias can also serve as a gymnasium, too. Mobile cafeteria tables can be folded and stored during games, when stackable chairs, mobile bleachers and benches are used for spectators and players.
What if you want a space that combines dining with collaborative workspace for students? Blending the two can transform a cafeteria or food court into a space that is both inviting and usable. Where students may eat, but then choose to stay and work because it is furnished to encourage both group work and individual study. High top tables, banquettes, plus soft seating sets with electrical outlets and USB ports can create a functional space that students will want to use.
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