Category: Education Furniture

What is a Student-Centered Classroom?

The Student-Centered Classroom is a collaborative space where students are active participants in their education. They are creating and innovating, not simply memorizing, regurgitating, and forgetting. We build these environments with activity, inclusion, and action. The result is an inclusive space that adapts based on how each child uniquely and individually learns while meeting the criteria of the curriculum.

Allowing students to learn in the ways that best suit them, and freeing teachers to work creatively in the classroom, creates an optimal space for everyone. When everyone is focused and doing their best, everyone wins. Student-Centered Classrooms are a passion for us at CDI Spaces, we love knowing we are helping the classroom win and succeed and raising the next generations of leaders. These spaces do not have to be completely redesigned, we work with many classrooms to slowly evolve and update the space as required.
Why does furniture matter? Adaptable furniture solutions support the environment for Student-Centered Learning, supporting the learner, giving them the tools and equipment they need for the various tasks and types of study/ work, and encouraging space for each student to learn in their optimal way.

Retain great, happy employees by providing flexibility.

Soft seating ottomans, junior-sized chairs and couches create reading nooks and comfortable places for kids to retreat to. In the classroom, they allow flexibility for group or individual independent study while being a cozy comfortable space for students to relax and work.

Provide activity based working for maximum efficiency.

Movement furniture such as wobble stools and rocking chairs give students gentle or engaged movement while minimizing distraction to others and the potential for accidents. This keeps students attentive and engaged in learning. Activating the core increases blood flow which increases the learning process. They are a fantastic addition to any classroom space.

Connect today to discuss how we can transform your Student-Centered Classroom!


Colours psychology is an increasingly higher role in the consideration of education environments. Colours choices impact the teaching and learning process and influence students’ attitudes and behaviours. However, too many colours can overwhelm students. Read the article below by our Student-Centred Classroom, Craig Ward, to learn how to incorporate colours in the classrooms to bring positive benefits to students.


It has been found that carefully planned colour schemes positively affect academic achievement of elementary students and especially students of kindergarten age. The proper use of colour can convert an atmosphere that is depressing and monotonous into one that is pleasing, exciting, and stimulating. Such change in colour schemes reduce absenteeism and promote positive feelings 

Although children were not able to identify exactly how specific colours make them feel, they often associate bright colours with positive feelings and dark colours with negative feelings. Colours can used as a tool to create an engaging learning environment for students and boost their moods. 

Edmonton Christian School incorporated effectively both warm and cool colours in their learning commons area. 

Colours liked by students can influence their muscular tension and motor control. Warm colours have been known to cause slight elevations in blood pressure in children, while cooler colours caused slight drops in blood pressure. Likewise, optical stimulation using warm colors and brilliance of lighting will cause increases in muscular tensions, respiration rate, heart action, blood pressure and brain activity. 

For example, orange colours encourage creativity and enthusiasm; yellow colours evoke feelings of happiness, and summer. A little touch of orange and yellow can brighten learning environments, making it more joyful.  

Cool colours and dim lighting bring about reverse effects, such as muscles relaxing more, and sleep being facilitated. In colour psychology, green and blue colours connect children with natureocean, and skyand give students and teachers the feelings of calmness, relaxation, trust, and safety.


Once upon a time, it was common to add as many bright colours as possible to collaborative and common areas. However, for some students, too many colours can be overwhelming. With their different coloured t-shirts, shoes and accessories, the students themself bring the colours to the space. Nowadays, it is recommended that schools and educational institution used mostly neutral and ungendered colours to create a more equal, opportune environment for students to learn. 

At CDI Spaces, we have a great collection of student chairs and desks with over 24 different colours that we can match to your preexisting chairs in the classroom. We believe no chair should stand out. We take great care to add any kind of chair (standard, coking, wiggle) in a way that can seamlessly blend in with the rest.   

If you have any questions on how to incorporate colours into your learning environments, contact us today at 1-888-230-2280 or for a complimentary consultation. 

Top 5 Classroom Products of 2020

2020 has been a year of some big changes, but one thing has remained constant – the need for students and children to get the full value out of their education. Student learning is not a one size fits all model, and neither are classrooms. Over the last 30 years, CDI Spaces has been dedicated to providing educational and classroom furniture that supports the psychological findings behind child learning and development. We sat down with Craig Ward, our Classroom Consultant, to put together a list of our top five classroom products that have helped both students and teachers do their best over the last year.  

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Do you clean and disinfect your furniture properly?

Evidence shows that coronavirus is most likely to last on surfaces we frequently touch with our hands and it can live on surfaces from a few hours to days. High touch surfaces in workplaces, including desks, phones, keypads, work surfaces, etc. are prime places for the spread of viruses and bacteria. It is highly recommended to clean and disinfect regularly to lower the chance of COVID-19 transmitting in your office. However, do you know how to clean and disinfect your furniture properly?

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Available Government Grants for Alberta Schools

As announced in late July, the Government of Alberta has released that schools will be opening under Scenario One conditions in September 2020. With only a few more weeks to go before schools are open and running, this might be an opportune moment to explore your options for funding beyond the district sanctioned amounts. Schools are unpredictable, and unanticipated costs can arise almost daily. That being said, having an additional float in your budget can give you the preparedness to navigate unforeseen costs, the flexibility to quickly adapt, and the means to make improvements where you see fit. We’ve put together a quick, comprehensive guide on understanding government grants for schools in Alberta, along with some helpful links below.

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Equipping Post-Secondary Campuses for Fall Returns

With officials predicting the effects of COVID-19 to last into the early new year, post-secondary campuses know better than anyone that it’s time to accept and prepare for this new reality. While society has generally hit a halt, educational institutions are investigating ways to continue academic services in a cautious and accessible manner. Unfortunately, going back to business, as usual, will not cut it this time. Institutions will need to come back smarter and better than before in order to stay open through the remainder of this outbreak, and possibly the next. While re-opening institutions may feel premature, safe returns to campus can be made possible through reinventing the physical university experience. To achieve this, you’ll want to look at reimagining and repurposing your spaces to support new health care policy changes and social distancing protocols.

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Promoting Student Learning at Home Through Healthy Movement

With parents working remotely and students transitioning to full online learning, we’re facing a unique time in history where both parents and children are operating alongside each other at home. While remote working has become increasingly popular in the workforce, online learning will be a foreign experience to most young students. For some children, maintaining attention in a linear classroom setting is already challenging. As virtual learning continues to manifest over digital classrooms, parents are finding it difficult for their children to sit through a day’s worth of online lessons. However, rather than training children to sit still, consider advocating for healthy movement to help students channel pent-up energy into involvement.

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Empowering Student Online Learning During School Shutdowns

With a focus on avid migration towards online learning, getting caught up in a standardized approach can be easy. While creating a uniform system can help make this transition smooth and seamless, we can’t neglect our attention to unique student learning styles. Where’s the balance between setting up a consistent teaching system and personalized learning approaches? How can we empower our students to take ownership of their learning while at home? The answer begins with us.

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Empower Special Education Students with an Inclusive Classroom Design

Creating a positive and successful learning experience for students with special needs is just as critical as that of their peers.

It starts with creating a learning environment that is not only physically inclusive but also facilitates academic growth and success. Learning styles and teaching strategies also need to be adapted in kind so that students with special education needs are empowered to learn alongside their peers and contribute to the class in beneficial and constructive ways.

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