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Ash Contracting is a client focused construction company based in the South East, operating since 2004. Ash Contracting undertake projects of varying scales, in size and complexity, ranging from listed buildings to large new commercial buildings.

IT classroom interior design project with new school desks and blue swivel chairs. IT classroom interior design project with new school desks and blue swivel chairs.

School Furniture Brief

Ash Contracting completed the main build and fit out of a large school extension at JFS School in Harrow, London.  They required our interior designers to create various bespoke  furniture solutions for the new staffrooms and classrooms which included a textile room, a technology room, four other classrooms and an art storage room.  The spaces required desks and chairs for the students and teachers as well as a range of storage options.

Bucket chairs on swivel base with castors for new school classroom in London. Bucket chairs on swivel base with castors for new school classroom in London.
New classroom furniture at a London School part of new classroom design. New classroom furniture at a London School part of new classroom design.

Our Classroom and Staffroom Furniture Solution

Textile Room

In the textile room, on the ground floor, our designers created two bespoke plan chests for the students to store their drawings and art work.  These were built with castors to provide flexibility and the option to be moved around the space with ease.

We also incorporated a large butler sink for the students to utilise for their various textile activities, such as tie dying.  A dark navy was used within these elements to compliment the school’s branded colours.

This classroom also contained a very large pre-existing storage cupboard, which our interior designers optimised with a large amount of wall shelving.

Art Storage Room

Once again our designers optimised the storage of the art storage room by creating large bespoke shelving to house easels and canvases with an attractive chunky aesthetic.  This was a very restricted and tight space, but the bespoke design of the shelving meant the maximum number of easels and canvases could be housed easily.

IT Classrooms 

The furniture and layout for this space was carefully planned to aid the teachers’ classroom and behaviour management. By facing the students away from the teachers’ desks, allows the teachers to see their screens and monitor their activity and engagement in class.

The furniture for the IT classrooms here included large plastic bucket chairs on a swivel castor base in a fresh light blue.  The school were very pleased with the colour and the larger size of chair to aid functionality and engagement for the students in class.

Additional Classroom Furniture and Storage

As specific subjects hadn’t been allocated to the four other classrooms, our furniture solutions needed to offer flexibility to suit multiple different uses for the subjects that would be timetabled in these spaces.  Instead of having fixed desks as planned, the furniture was left loose to offer flexibility and freedom to be moved around once subjects had been allocated to classrooms.

We provided two size options for the desks to accommodate one or two students, again offering flexibility in the use of the space.  A lot of careful thought was made to consider all the details that could impact on the use of the spaces, such as the necessary cable management and power supply, ensuring all legalities were met.

Bespoke Blinds

The new extension included skylights within the roof and due to the positioning of the joists the windows required very specialist bespoke blackout blinds to fit accurately with precision.  Ash Contracting positioned the fuse spurs from which our blind contractors took measurements and then fitted with specialist equipment in order to reach the extreme height of the windows.  Despite being an expensive element of the project, JFS School have blinds that fit exactly and ensure an excellent level of blackout functionality within the classroom room.


As the project progressed there were additional elements of works to be carried out for the staffroom fit outs.  We provided a bespoke tea point area, including a full height storage cupboard, as well as bespoke bench desking for the staff to utilise for further work as well as to relax and unwind from their busy schedule.

IT Classroom school design and fit out with new school furniture

The Result

Once the works were complete, our client, Ash Contracting, were able to provide their client, JFS School, with a fresh and modern space with touches of various tones of blue complimenting their branded school colours.  All areas were fit out with bespoke furniture and storage solutions giving the school more practical spaces.

The project was completed on time, meeting the summer holiday timeline, ready for the students to move in and enjoy their new classrooms at the start of the new academic year.  We were pleased to be able to deliver a project that ensured both parties, our client and the end user, were happy.

Would your school benefit from a new refurbishment?

If you need help with optimising the use of your school space or giving it all a new lease of life, our interior designers are on hand to create bespoke solutions taylored to your exact needs.  With over 30 years’ of experience of creating inspiring school facilities we can bring a wealth of knowledge to your project.

To discuss your requirements with our friendly team, call 0333 600 1234 or fill out the form below.