School desks, like school itself, are ripe for innovation. We’ve covered this topic before (See ‘12 Reasons We Need To Reinvent The School Desk‘) but usually end up offering ideas on how we could make desks useful.
But what about some strange and interesting desks you’ll probably never see in your classroom? That’s the subject of a recent post on Serviced.co.uk who showcased 10 desks that are ‘probably more interesting than yours’. Check out their page for the full list of desks.
#1 – A Ball Pit Desk
While it might be fun to have a ball pit desk, you probably won’t find one in your classroom anytime soon. Image source
#2 – Treadmill Desks
Perfect for cubicle farms but probably not for classrooms. Imagine the noise with students constantly walking / running. Now imagine the insurance coverage you’ll need in case students fall off! Although you could likely skip recess with this option… Image source
#3 – Bike Rack Desk
A great idea for officeworkers who need a place to stash their bike. But imagine how squirmy students would be after sitting on a bike seat for several hours each day! Image souce
#4 – Underwater Desk
The above photo was taken during a 2009 cabinet meeting held by the Maldives government to raise awareness of global warming. Image source
#5 – Hooded Privacy Desk
This may actually be the most useful and innovative desk with a shot at making it into the classroom. It provides a ‘privacy hood’ that lets you pull it down for something like exams or to focus a bit better. However, there’s no telling how students could use something like this ‘privacy hood’ to not pay attention or cheat thanks to making it harder for teachers to see them. Just a thought. Image source