Sometimes it seems like our furniture was designed to appease the janitorial staff.
After all, the desktops are hard laminates that can be easily scoured with heavy-duty cleansers and the silhouette has become ideal only for those concerned with efficient stacking.
But if you harken back to school days of yore, you’ll recall a soft wood finish in which initials could be carved and the gently sloped slant desks that insure a comfortable reading and writing surface.
Ah… to live in the ‘60’s again.
While there is certainly a lot to be said for progress, the changes made in classroom furnishings has created a less than ideal work set-up.
Let’s start with the angle of the desk itself.
A work surface parallel to the floor is, by its very nature, perpendicular to the child’s seated body. That means that the visual process of regarding papers and books requires the length of focus to shift anywhere from 18” to 8” from the nose when reading (or writing) a page from top to bottom. That’s tricky. At the farthest point, it’s like looking at the horizon. The print appears smaller and less precise. It’s the reason most kids don’t utilize the alphabet strips on the ends of the desk… if they even notice they’re there!
An inexpensive solution to making slant desks?
Enter—the trusty screwdriver! Raise the far legs of the desk a notch. Maybe even lower the legs abutting the child’s body a notch. Just be careful not to overdue it or the contents will fall out.
Creating a slight slant to the desktops will help your students with reading, copying, writing, posture and overall attention.