How Does Classroom Design Affect Student Learning?

As a teacher, you can do a lot of different things in your classroom to help your students succeed. You can offer extra help, implement technology, use personalized learning resources, etc, etc. But something that is often overlooked is the actual physical classroom space. When we think of how our physical classrooms impact students, we most often think of desk or table arrangement and seating charts.

The handy infographic below takes a look at how classroom design affects student learning in ways you might never think about. Have you made any classroom changes or implemented design elements in your classroom to aid student learning? What were they? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

How Does Classroom Design Affect Student Learning?

  • Classroom design can improve students’ performance by about 25%
    Positive effects include:
  • Enhanced concentration
  • Helps support learning
  • Inspires students
  • Improves behavior
  • Better results
  • Reduce fidgeting
  • Increase attention span
  • Encourage healthy posture
  • Better communication between students and between teacher and students
  • Items to consider are:
  • Furniture
  • Layout
  • Color
  • Temperature
  • Acoustics
  • Lighting



  1. Cristopher Capistrano

    May 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I would agree that the classroom design has a great impact on student learning. My daughter is currently enrolled at A-Plus International School here in Manila Philippines and I would say that their classroom is very well designed. It has a bigger space for children to comfortably move, well lighted and ventilated as well and equipped with all the materials that would help them enjoy learning.

    The school is located in Muntinlupa City, Philippines.

  2. Elizabeth

    May 15, 2014 at 7:24 am


  3. Assma

    May 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Color is importent because if you have bright colors in class the mood will be perfect and st will learn .but you have to change every time and every lesson is different every time

  4. Renee H

    May 17, 2014 at 5:52 am

    If you want a calmer environment in your classroom, then follow the guidelines for Feng Shui. I used that for twenty years with excellent results.

  5. Kelly

    May 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I have a seating area with a small couch and rolling chairs for small groups to collaborate, round tables for discussions, no teacher desk, and I’m down to only 12 traditional desks and counting! I love the flexability and comforting atmosphere and the student response has been overwhelmingly positive!

  6. Ruth Keefer

    May 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Aside from color schemes, furniture type, furniture placement and natural lighting, AND organization/cleanliness of space, Students need proper physical space where they do not feel cramped. Also, plants contribute to a more relaxing environment and students can help take care of them. The more relaxed a student is, the more fertile the learning environment.