Plan your space

Best practices

By following best practices in acoustics, lighting, furniture selection, and science area planning, you can create a safe, comfortable, and engaging learning environment for students.


The relationship between sound and learning spaces is not only about decibels but about how we feel in the space – What kind of atmosphere do we want regarding classroom management and behaviour?


The ability to obtain maximum daylight in the room is important both mentally and physically. Pupils respond well behaviourally to daylight, and to being able to see outside.


The furniture helps transform a space, gives it personality and a sense of belonging for the students. The flexibility, layout and mobility of furniture and storage is key when designing a learning space and should be carefully considered.


Adhering to Health and Safety rules is always paramount, particularly in the school environment. When designing a learning area, consider the space and layout with regards to health and safety regulations, as well as paying attention to lighting, ventilation, storage and inclusion of protective clothing and resources.

Special reports

Gratnells commissioned a series of special reports on secondary school science storage areas design for architects. You can download each report.

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Storage Frames

Whether you require a single-column frame for a small area or a double or triple-column frame for increased storage capacity, Gratnells frames offer the ideal solution for keeping your materials neatly stored and easily accessible.

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Create inspiring spaces where students can collaborate easily and effectively. Developed with design experts and school communities our furniture is designed to enhance your learning environment and provide optimal functionality.

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Storage trays

The world’s no. 1 school tray, found in classrooms worldwide. Strong, tough and made to last our iconic trays come in a variety of colours and sizes to fit all types of classroom furniture. They are perfect for storing and organising essential classroom materials.

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Tray inserts

Choose from our comprehensive range of tray inserts for storing smaller items such as pens or crayons. We also supply foam inserts which are ideal for storing calculators and fragile science equipment. Our new modular SortED range of inserts promotes student independence. It all adds up to a storage system that’s as comprehensive as you’ll ever need.