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School Canteen Furniture

Explore our extensive selection of school dining room furniture, ideal for colleges, schools and university cafes. Our range is not just about style; it's about practicality and durability, designed to withstand the daily hustle and bustle of a busy educational environment.

We offer a variety of bespoke canteen benches such as our Factory cafe bench, perfect for accommodating students during their lunch breaks. These benches are not only sturdy but also customisable to fit the specific dimensions and style of your dining area.

In addition to benches, our collection includes ergonomic canteen chairs like our Grace stackable cafe chairs. These are great for creating a more relaxed, seating area where students can unwind and socialise. The easy-to-clean material ensures maintenance is a breeze, which is essential in a school setting.


“Spaceist were fantastic. They were very helpful in offering suggestions and providing different options of furniture layouts. The implementation of the new furniture was easy, quick and without complication. The end result was outstanding.”

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What Should I Consider When Buying School Dining Furniture?

When buying school canteen furniture, there are several important factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice for your space. Here's a list to guide you:

1. Durability and Material Quality:

  • School canteen furniture should be robust enough to handle frequent use and potential rough handling. Look for materials known for their longevity, like high-grade plastics, stainless steel, or reinforced wood. Our Edge cafe table is made from formica laminate, which is easy to clean, very hard-wearing, and stain resistant.
  • Consider the environment where the school dining furniture will be used. For outdoor canteens, furniture should be weather-resistant to prevent damage from sun, rain, or temperature changes. Our Sled canteen set features a steel frame and is available for outdoor use.

2. Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance:

  • Hygiene is paramount in dining areas. Opt for easily wipeable surfaces like laminate, melamine, or treated wood. Our Soft canteen bench is made with wipeable faux leather vinyl for an easy cleaning solution.
  • Consider the maintenance requirements. Furniture that requires frequent repairs or special cleaning products might not be cost-effective in the long run. All of our canteen furniture is made with high quality materials, designed for long-term use.

3. Comfort and Ergonomics:

Chairs should provide adequate back support and encourage good posture. The height of the chairs should be compatible with the table height for comfortable seating. Our Flix stacking chair comes with optional seat padding for extra comfort.

For bench seating, ensure there is enough space for legroom and easy movement. Our JB-Waldo high canteen table can be made to seat 6, 8, or 10 people comfortably and its height ensures optimal legroom.

4. Space Efficiency and Layout:

  • Consider foldable or stackable furniture like our Flx stacking cafe chair, which is a great option for a canteen that serves multiple purposes or if you need to clear the space regularly.
  • For smaller spaces, round or oval tables like our Bold canteen chair can accommodate more people in less space compared to square or rectangular ones. You should also consider modular furniture. You can arrange the cubes to suit the layout and size of the space.

5. Aesthetics and Design:

  • Colour choices can affect the mood of the dining area. Bright colours can energise a space, while neutrals can create a more relaxed atmosphere. Our JB-Waldo canteen bench is available in over 100 colours, allowing you to match your branding and aesthetic.
  • Consider the longevity of the design. Trendy furniture might look great now but could quickly become outdated. Classic designs like our JB-Waldo45 in white tend to have more staying power. White is a neutral, versatile colour, making it easier to keep up to date with any upgrades you make to the rest of your canteen furniture.

School Dining Furniture FAQs

Do school dining tables need to be serviced and maintained?

No, our range of dining tables that are suitable for schools do not have any moving parts so do not need to be serviced or maintained. All the materials that are used to make our school cafeteria furniture are suitable for commercial everyday use and just need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Are folding school dining tables safe to use?

Yes, folding school dining tables are safe to use by adults and teachers. There is a latch on the under side of the top that once released the top can fold to a vertical position. This type of school canteen furniture has not been designed for children or students to fold and carry.

Can I expand my canteen area outside for extra space?

  • Yes, these days all school dining room space is precious, so why not consider expanding the dining area outside with outdoor school canteen furniture?
  • Turn lunchtimes into picnic times with robust and hardwearing outdoor cafe chairs and school tables and chairs, suitable for mealtimes, breaks, summer school dining lessons and more.
  • For the latest range of outdoor seating for schools please contact us for a copy of our school furniture price list.

Why choose long canteen tables and benches for lunch rooms?

A typical college, university or school lunch room needs to feed large crowds at speed without sacrificing comfort, cleanliness or style.

  1. Long tables and benches will always seat the most amount of people compared to any other type of lunch room seating
  2. Long tables and benches are also easier to clean, keep tidy and rearrange compared to smaller canteen tables and chairs.
  3. Floor cleaning is also quicker because there are only six legs on a Waldo table and benches.

How can high stools help school canteens to save space?

  • Combined with high or poseur height tables; high stools and bar stools allow for a smaller school canteen furniture footprint then folding school dining table and chairs and are also often stackable.
  • Space saving cafeteria furniture and extra stylish, our colourful bar stools and folding school dining furniture are versatile enough to make the most of all school furniture eating spaces and look great as well.

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