How to Do Flexible Seating on a Budget

When I decided I wanted to incorporate flexible seating in my classroom, I needed to figure out how I was going to do it. I was still a first year teacher, and I was not going to be able to cover the cost of it one my own. In this blog, I am going to tell you how I did flexible seating on a budget.

1. Share the good news. The first thing I did was send out an email to all the parents. I let them know what flexible seating was, why I was doing it, and the kinds of things I was looking for. I received so many donations from parents! I ended up with bean bags, a small table, rugs, papasan chairs, and chair cushions. This just lit the fire in me to do this even more, and I was so blessed to have the support of the parents. Number 1 make sure that you let people know what you are doing, why, and what kinds of things you may want donated if they have them.

2. Thrift stores. I started thrift store hopping. I decided to do flexible seating in May, but I didn't want to fully incorporate it until the students returned in August. That gave me plenty of time to check all the thrift stores. If you live near a university, check the thrift stores there at the end of each semester. College students who move out usually don't want to take everything home. So, their donated items became my gold. I found bar stools, ottomans, rugs, and office chairs for C. H. E. A. P. I cleaned up the items, painted them the colors I wanted, and added them to my classroom. So, for number two check the thrift stores at the right times.

3. Donors Choose. For all the items I could not afford I made a Donors Choose. My Donors Choose topped $900 dollars. After reading tips on how smaller requests get funded, I took it down. I then created a Donors Choose just for chairs that totaled $326, and it was funded in 10 days!! One of the items I got was the camo bucket seat lids below. I got fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and re-did each seat to match my classroom. After the first project was funded, I posted a project just for tables that totaled $465, and it was funded in 13 days. If you still need help, make a Donors Choose to get teh help with making your dream classroom. If you don't know what to write a project, check out mine, Table Talk. I love Donors Choose! As of today, I have had 7 projects funded.

4. Pinterest. I found so many awesome ideas on Pinterest. My favorite idea I found was pool noodles under yoga balls. I had bought yoga balls on clearance ($5 each) at, but the rings to put under them for flexible seating were $10 a piece. That was twice what I had paid for the yoga balls. Then, I saw an idea on pinterest to take pool noodles and tape them so they form a ring. It worked perfect. Now, my yoga balls do not roll all over the floor. Make sure to check the internet for alternative ideas for what you have in mind.

Are your trying to incorporate flexible seating? Do you know of other ways to do it on a budget? Let me know I would love to hear from you. Check out my other blog, Pros and Cons of Flexible Seating (Mainly Pros)

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