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Sometimes a large room can be used more effectively by dividing it into smaller spaces, each with its own layout. Rows and rows of plastic folding tables and metal folding chairs have a way of making space seem impersonal and crowded. When several tasks need to be carried out in the same main space, dividing the space into smaller sections can help each group stay focused and can cut down on the “boiler room effect.” When the space is being used for more social purposes, variety in furniture arrangement can break up monotony and make more intimate groupings.

Creating Divided Sections with Room Dividers

If there is a need to create a physical divide between groups, room dividers can help wall off a large room into smaller ones, or even create a cubicle effect. Folding tables and folding chairs can be set up in each section for the groups’ use.

While this format is excellent when there is also a need for sound reduction in a large space, it may not be ideal for less structured applications, where being able to see across the room and communicate is still necessary.

Creating Divided Sections for Lunchrooms

Lunchrooms can also be arranged in such a way that children can be encouraged to group together naturally, instead of in an industrial-style lineup. Casual groupings of round tables and seating can allow smaller children extra elbow room, and cut down on spills and tussling.

Larger rectangular lunchroom tables can be placed in groups of three or four, in order to create sections for older children to gather around. This is very convenient for smaller classes, as tables can be assigned. Placing each group of tables in a different alignment can break up the monotony and make a lunchroom more attractive.

Other Arrangements

In the case of a presentation type function, having rows of folding chairs can make the experience feel impersonal and create chaos, as people try to get in and out of the rows. To mitigate confusion and inconvenience, use a mobile stage for the speaker, in order to elevate them up to a better line of sight, and create groupings of chairs arranged in small blocks, angled for the best view of the stage. This creates more walking space and allows for a better view of the speaker.

If a space is being used for multiple activities, or those separated by age, a large room can be divided into four quadrants by facing folding chairs towards each wall. The instructors can work at the front of each “class” and distractions from the other groups will be minimized.

Alternately, groupings can be made simply by using a round folding table as the focal point for each group, and arranging seating around it. The size of the tables can determine the size of each group. This is a great solution for creating intimate groups for small projects.

Dividing large spaces into smaller ones can make better use of space in many situations. Knowing how to use your existing tables and chairs to provide appropriate groupings can help, as can thinking ahead to the possible use of space before purchasing such items.