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ADA Desks Buying Guide

The right ADA Desks can give students a comfortable learning environment. Here are some things to think about to help you accommodate students of all needs and abilities:

ADA Requirements
According to ADA requirements, at least five percent of your classroom desks (and no less than one) must be from 28 inches to 34 inches above the ground with 24 inches of knee clearance for students in wheelchairs. Desks that are ADA-compliant adjust easily to fit different wheelchair sizes and students of all ages. Opt for shallow work surfaces instead of deep work surfaces so students with limited reach can access books, computers and other materials. Also keep in mind that reflective work surfaces can be difficult for visually impaired students to use.

How will your students be using the desk? Will they use it as a writing surface, an activity table, or a computer workstation? You'll find larger ADA desks that can be used as a reading table for students to gather around, and smaller ones for a single student to use as an individual desk. There are also bi-level tables that work great as computer stations.

Adjusting Method
Motorized ADA desks are the most expensive but are easy for anyone to adjust with the simple push of a button. They operate with an electric motor and can lift up to 450 pounds.

Hand Crank ADA desks require more effort to adjust but are lower in price. Like motorized desks, they can lift up to 450 pounds but are more difficult for some students to operate alone.

Populas Adjustable-Height Bi-Level Workstation

Knob Adjustable ADA desks are the least expensive but take the most effort to raise or lower. Each leg must be adjusted separately with a turnable knob.

Flat - Some ADA desks have flat surfaces that simply raise and lower in height. You'll want flat workstations if students set up computers and other equipment on top.

Tilt-adjustable - Others adjust in a tilt as well up and down, generally from 0 degrees to 50 degrees. Tiltable ADA desks are less versatile but provide a better work surface for activities like art projects that require an angle.

Populas Knob-Adjusted Table

Casters - If you'll need to move your desk around your classroom or school, some are available with casters that brake securely.

Comfort Recess - A cutout curve in the tabletop lets students sit closer to their work surface, making it easier to reach books and materials.

CPU Holder – A holder attaches to the underside of the desktop and keeps your CPU out of the way. It provides room for bulkier wheelchairs while still allowing students to access computer towers.

Cable Management – A grommet hole can help route your cords, and an optional cable freeway keeps them out of the way and from tangling up in chair wheels. Both are inexpensive ways to offer a safer learning environment.

Moveable Keyboard and Mouse Tray – An articulating keyboard arm and tilting mouse tray will let your students move computer equipment to fit their needs, rather than the other way around.

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