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Table & Chair Height Guide

BSEN1729 Parts 1 & 2 Explained                                                                          

Do you need help deciding on the height of the table you require and the corresponding chair height?  This simple-to-use height guide illustrates the recommended heights for both tabling and seating in accordance with the European standard EN1729 Part 1 for Dimensional fit used for school furniture.  The guide will give you information for all age groups from pre-school through to adulthood.  Other considerations when choosing furniture should include; does the furniture you are selecting offer a positive ergonomic solution; has the furniture been designed to withstand the daily rigours of a learning environment; will the furniture prove to be a good investment for your organisation and provide longevity of life.

The European and British standard BSEN1729 was introduced specifically for classroom tables and classroom chairs to ensure that all furniture supplied to education was fit for purpose.  You can buy your School Furniture from Gopak, a trusted supplier to education.

BSEN1729:Part 1 – Functional dimensions  

Products tested to BSEN1729 Part 1 comply with the required dimensions set out in the standard. Not only does the product meet the appropriate size requirements, but the shape and ergonomic design are considered to maintain good posture and reduce RSI and back pain in school children. This ensures children are using furniture that provides correct seating posture.

Gopak folding table and stacking bench heights have derived from the conversion of imperial sizes to metric. While they do meet BSEN1729 Part 1
(as they are within the required tolerance) they differ slightly from the standard’s optimum figures shown in colour (Gopak heights are shown in black).

Getting it right for your pupils

If practical, measure the stature and popliteal height of each child. Match those measurements with the size mark guide above and below.

Popliteal Height

Popliteal Height defines the correct seat height by measuring from the floor to the back of the knee when seated, with thighs horizontal and the lower leg vertical, with feet flat to the floor.

BS1729:Part 2 – Strength & Stability         

By passing BSEN1729 Part 2 indicates that the product has been tested to and meets the standard's requirements for strength, stability and safety in demanding classroom environments.

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