Classroom Storage

Classroom storage offers an extensive selection of open and closed storage furniture in stationary and mobile designs. Classroom storage is designed to support teachers and students with classroom organization for a productive learning environment and many styles of classroom storage furniture offer color choices for a customized look.


Art Storage: Art storage offers a safe, convenient way of storing art projects and artwork while the work is in progress, or for drying and other storage needs. Open-shelf art storage generally contains fixed or adjustable dividers to support standing art canvas pieces or portfolios. Flat art storage features shallow drawers with ample size to accommodate larger papers, projects, artwork, plans, and canvas artwork, depending on the storage unit design. Combination storage and other classroom storage units can coordinate with select art storage furniture for a complete art room or workspace arrangement that supports art supplies.

Art Storage Cabinet
Art Storage Cabinet

Cabinetry Suite: Cabinetry suites offer low storage and wall-mounted upper storage in a combined matching set. Our classroom storage collection offers a variety of cabinetry suites, with base storage units containing two-door cabinets, cabinet with drawers, or all drawers with a durable countertop above the storage base. The countertops come with extended back edge for splashguard design on most styles, and a base kickplate or protective strip enhances the lasting design. The upper cabinets mount to walls and offer two-door or four-door enclosed storage cabinet support for most styles.

Closed Cubby Storage: Closed cubby storage will offer the same cubbyhole design as our cubby storage units, but enclosed with a cabinet-style storage unit. The front of the storage unit usually has a two-door enclosure with the two doors set on durable hinges. Locking cubby storage may be available on select units for security.

Double-Faced Combo Storage: Double-faced storage units offer access to storage compartments or shelves from both front and back sides, with a dividing back panel located through the center of the unit separating the front and back. The dividing back panel creates the look of two separate storage units combined back-to-back in a single frame. Combo storage implies differences between the storage compartments, as opposed to uniform storage such as a bookcase or chest of drawers.

Learning Wall Unit: Learning wall units offer storage and functional support for classrooms in a spacious design that includes a tackable map rail along the top edge, flag holder on many units, sliding magnetic markerboards for use with dry erase markers and supplies, and a variety of concealed and/or open storage compartments.

Learning Wall Unit
Learning Wall Unit

Low Storage Unit: Low storage furniture in our classroom storage collections refers to rectangular storage units, usually containing cabinets or drawers for enclosed storage and organizing, as well as a variety of open-shelf low storage units for visible organizing. The low storage units are typically less than 40”-high and the top is finished and smooth for additional work surface or storage use.

Mobile Storage: Many classroom storage units are set on casters or wheels for convenient mobility. The frame is structurally durable and the caster selection matches the intended use of the storage unit, supporting the weight of the unit along with stored contents.

Open-Shelf Storage: Open-shelf storage features bookshelf or cubbyhole compartments, with sturdy sides, top, base, and backing. The base shelf is fixed in place to stabilize the full storage unit and the other shelves are usually adjustable for customizing the storage capacity. The front of the storage unit does not contain doors or other enclosing component, thus retaining an open-front or open-shelf design.

Mobile Storage Cabinet
Mobile Storage

Portfolio and Canvas Storage: Portfolio and canvas storage accommodate standing canvas storage or standing portfolio storage, usually with open-front shelves and integrated dividers on each shelf to separate artwork and portfolios for safe drying, storage, or display. The dividers are usually removable or adjustable to accommodate larger projects and portfolios, and the construction materials are designed for safe artwork storage.

Respirator Cabinet: Respirator cabinets offer convenient, obvious storage for respirators, iron lung devices, gas masks or other health and safety equipment. The cabinets are brightly colored for overt visibility, making them suitable for storing emergency gear and equipment. The cabinets are easily mounted to walls with integrated keyholes in the backside and the interior shelves adjust for customizing storage capacity. Plexiglass window panel in the door makes it easy to view contents while keeping the cabinet secure to prevent loss or damage to the devices.

Open-Shelf Storage
Open-Shelf Storage

Rolling Bins: Rolling bins are enclosed storage units available in different sizes with uniform sides that allow the bins to stack neatly, accommodate lids, or nest when empty. The bottom bin is generally the largest of the set, with upper bins in decreasing sizes. The bottom bin is also set on casters for rolling mobility.

Spill Response Cabinets: Spill response cabinets, carts and related storage offer overt styles with yellow emergency-style paint finish available and durable steel composition with adjustable interior shelves and secure fitting door(s). The design is easily accessible in the event of an emergency spill or other hazardous contact or accident, and the style enhances visibility.

Storage Tray System: Storage tray systems feature a sturdy frame with built-in glides that secure individual storage trays in drawer-like fashion and accommodate gliding accessibility, often with tilting access for convenience. The frame may be comprised of metal, such as steel with durable finish, or wood, often with melamine finish in natural wood tones. The storage tray system is usually set on casters for mobility and may have open-front shelves or doors for enclosing the storage trays.

Wall Cabinet: Wall cabinets are usually two-door enclosed storage units that mount to a wall for space-saving storage above a desk or other storage furniture. The wall cabinets almost always include mounting hardware, so they arrive ready to install and use immediately, and select styles lock for security.


ABS Plastic Totes: ABS plastic totes are made with ABS plastic, a popular thermoplastic polymer. ABS is short for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and the composition creates a rugged, impact-resistant, shock-absorbing, tough plastic that lasts.

Adjustable Shelves: Adjustable shelves enhance most bookcases and storage units. The base shelf is generally fixed in place for structural support and the upper shelves will rest on adjustable shelf pegs that fit into predrilled holes on the inner surfaces of the side panels on a storage unit.

Bin Lids: Lids for bins and storage trays or totes are custom-made to fit specific styles and the lids are universal for that collection due to the uniform size of the bins or trays. The bins in a collection will have the same box-length and width, but vary in depth, the height of the sides of the bin. This uniform size allows a single lid to fit multiple bins in a collection, even if the bins have different storage capacities. The lids also accommodate stacking by supporting bins placed atop other bins, protecting the contents stored in the lower bins.

Bin Seat: The bin seats come with 6"-high or 12"-high storage bin base with a lid covering, reinforced with MDF Board for safe use as a seat. Atop the board cover is a foam cushion and the seat is upholstered with gray fabric, treated for lasting appearance that resists water and abrasions with a self-cleaning fabric surface.

Casters: Casters and wheels enhance storage elements by adding subtle height, usually less than a five inches, and smooth mobility for quick transport, storage, access, and use of stored items. Typical casters range from 2" to 4" high, feature a double-wheel design with hood-style covering to prevent clothing or other nearby items from getting caught in the wheels.

Closed Bin Storage: Closed storage generally indicates a cabinet-style design with hinged or sliding doors that conceal the storage compartment(s). The interior may be shelves, with a fixed base shelf and at least one adjustable shelf. Closed bin storage will have a structural frame built into the interior cabinet with drawer slides or runners for the use of plastic bins or tote trays.

Concealed Casters: Concealed casters are set behind a kickplate or toe apron, providing mobility with a stationary look to the overall design.

Countertop: Cabinets and other base elements in select classroom storage collections feature a finished countertop for durable work surface with raised back edge serving as a traditional splashguard. Countertops usually have laminate finish for durable, damage-resistant surface that stands up to everyday use.

Cubbies, Cubby Holes and Cubby Storage: Traditional cubbies, cubby holes, and cubby storage utilizes an open-shelf design with vertical dividers that create a series of cube-shaped or nearly cube-shaped storage compartments.

Double Coat Hooks: Double coat hooks have a curved T-style shape and are mounted to the underside of the hat shelf on select wardrobe units. The stem portion of the T-shape mounts securely to the shelf and extends downward while the top portion of the T-shape is curved upward on both sides to form hooks.

Epoxy-Coated Metal Dividers: Epoxy-coated metal dividers are seen on portfolio and art storage, among other storage units, and feature a metal divider design with coating that protects the metal from exposure and damage and helps prevent damage to stored folders or artwork when in contact with the dividers. The epoxy coating generally refers to FBE coating, also known as fusion bonded epoxy coating. The metal dividers, usually made of steel, are cleaned thoroughly then heated to an appropriate temperature before the epoxy coating is applied. The coating is cured and the result is a powder-coat finish and strong dividers that are reinforced for lasting appearance and use.

Foam Layer Seat: The foam layer in a bin seat is installed atop the MDF Board cover, adding overall height to the bin seat design and increasing comfort for sitting use. The foam cushion is upholstered with fabric to complete the seat.

Grommets: Grommets are holes strategically placed within a furniture design, usually along the back panel. The grommets allow wire access and cable pass-through for technology setup support to organize wires and cables for a neat tech-friendly presentation.

Hat Shelf: A hat shelf is installed in the upper portion of a wardrobe storage cabinet, closet, or other wardrobe storage. The hat shelf is often fixed in place, non-adjustable, and positioned above the hanger rod or with mounted coat hooks on the underside.

High-Impact Polystyrene Bins: Polystyrene is a widely used polymer that forms a durable plastic when in a rigid form. The most common non-rigid form of polystyrene is foam, such as foam used in packaging and shipping. The durable polystyrene bins offer impact resistance, making the plastic storage containers virtually shatterproof.

Individual Locks: Cabinets and drawers with individual locks have single locks, usually with keys, on each drawer or cabinet door, allowing single compartment access while the other drawers or cabinets in the storage unit remain secured.

Kick Plate: The kick plate refers to the lower base of furniture, cabinets, or other elements where a protective strip or moulding is added to prevent damage from feet, shoes, cleaning, spills, or other encounters. The kick plate can also be functional, as in the recessed toe apron where the plate conceals casters under the storage unit and creates a stationary appearance.

Locking Casters: Classroom storage units on casters almost always include two locking and two non-locking casters in the set of four. The locking casters are usually installed on one side; typically on the front side of the base, for easy access to engage or release the locks.

Locking Connection Device: Locking connection devices are included with select storage furniture to accommodate side-by-side or other grouped row layouts. The connection devices join two units together and lock to keep the storage units from moving apart or becoming misaligned.

Lock Tabs on Shelf Clips: Lock tabs enhance some shelf clips or shelf pegs, featuring a customized design that usually includes an upward-pointing extension that inserts into the bottom of each shelf. The shelves are predrilled with custom-spaced holes on the bottom to accommodate the lock tabs on the shelf pins and the holes do not go completely through the shelf thickness so the top surface is solid. The lock tabs prevent shelves from sliding backward and putting pressure on the back panel, and they prevent the shelves from sliding forward, leaving an open space in the back or compromising safe use.

MDF Board Seat: The MDF Board seat in bin seats supports the cushion and fabric of the seat and encloses the bin for covered storage. MDF Board is medium-density fiberboard, made with wood fibers derived from hard and soft woods. The fibers are bonded with a wax or resin adhesive compound and then shaped with heat and pressure to create panels that are denser than standard particleboard.

NanoSphere Treated Fabric Seat: The fabric upholstery of our bin seats is treated with NanoSphere fabric treatment, a specially designed fabric finishing process that transforms the fabric into a long-lasting, naturally self-cleaning surface. Water, liquids, and dirt are repelled by the NanoSphere fabric treatment; reducing risk of stains and damage, and the fabric maintains a self-cleaning surface without loss of quality, flexibility, or natural breathability. NanoSphere treatment technology was designed to mimic the self-cleaning qualities of plant leaves.

Opaque Tote Trays: Opaque tote trays come in a choice of colors to suit different preferences. The most common tote tray color options are primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.

Recessed Toe Apron: A recessed toe apron resembles a kickplate along the lower front edge of the base of storage units. The panel is set back slightly from the front edge of the base and may conceal the casters in select mobile furniture designs. The toe apron appears to extend almost to the floor for a covered or enclosed base look, but does not obstruct mobility.

Removable Dividers: Removable dividers allow repositioning or removal to accommodate larger items, folders, and artwork in the classroom storage unit.

Riser Shelf: A riser shelf is usually set on four or more posts, raising the shelf above the main work surface and providing full or nearly full access to the work surface with additional storage platform or shelf use. On desks, the riser shelf is usually less than a quarter of the main work surface depth; on classroom storage carts, the riser shelf may match the top surface in size. The riser shelf forms a small covered shelf with the top surface of the cart and provides a raised surface for easier access while standing.

Shelf Clips: Shelf clips or shelf pegs support the adjustable shelves in a bookcase or similar storage unit. Four clips or pegs support each shelf, and the clips or pegs fit into predrilled, evenly spaced holes found on the inner surface of the storage unit’s side panels.

Shoe Storage: Shoe storage generally refers to the lower shelf of a wardrobe cabinet. The lower shelf may simply be the base shelf of the storage unit or wardrobe, and/or an additional shelf positioned above the base of the storage unit.

Splashguard: A splashguard is a raised wall-like panel at the back of a countertop, sealed along the countertop edge to prevent spills from damaging the backside of the storage unit and keep small items and writing utensils from rolling behind cabinets out of reach.

Stacking Bins: Storage bins usually accommodate stacking, with lids that cover the bottom bin to protect stored items and support the weight of another bin placed on top. These bins will also stack in a nesting fashion when empty for space-saving storage. The lids are designed to reduce tipping and sliding, while supporting the overall stacked assembly of bins.

Storage Bins: Storage bins have rectangle shapes with longer sides and shorter or narrower front and back components. The sides vary in depth or height to accommodate different storage capacities, with several sizes available in each style or collection. The bins can be used without lids or with lids, depending on the model, and most bins stack when empty for space-saving nested storage. With lids, the bins may be stacked when full without risk of damage to stored contents in lower bins. For convenience, most bins are made with impact-resistant materials such as polystyrene, offering long-lasting durability and strength in a variety of colors.

Tilt and Glide Tray Runners: Tote trays with tilt and glide runners have stable support with installed runners or drawer slides within the overall frame. The slides allow the tote trays to glide in and out for easy accessibility and the tilt function refers to the tote tray and runner designs that allow the trays to tilt downward for complete viewing and access, while remaining within the runners so the tray doesn't fall or slip.

Totes or Tote Trays: Totes and tote trays are rectangular storage bins with uniform side lengths and widths but varying bin depths for different storage capacities. The typical totes and trays are available in 3"-high and 6"-high sizes, with larger sizes also available depending on the design. The trays and totes function like drawers within a storage tray system, which can have open-front or closed storage design.

Translucent Bins: Translucent bins or trays have a semi-clear design, loosely resembling frosted glass but constructed of durable plastic for impact-resistant performance. Translucent bins allow some visibility of stored contents but the view is obscured.

Tray Inserts: Tray inserts are available for easier organizing, with two, three, and four-compartment divisions to support organizing and storing of smaller office or school supplies, classroom items, toys, or craft supplies. A single-compartment tray insert is available to divide space in full-sized tote trays or bins.

Wardrobe Cabinet: Wardrobe cabinets offer enclosed storage on most styles, with doors that may include locks for personal security. The interior of a wardrobe cabinet will contain at least one half-width hanger rod and, depending on the cabinet style, the interior may have a hat shelf, boot shelf, and other storage support.

3" Tote Trays: The 3" tote trays or bins have rectangle shape with long sides and shorter front and back elements, forming a general rectangle shape, and the four sides have 3"-height all around to support shallow bin storage and organizing.

6" Tote Trays: The 6" tote trays offer standard rectangular shape, with 6"-height on all four sides to provide more storage support than the 3" tote trays.

12" Totes: The 12" tote trays have 12"-high sides in a four-sided rectangular shape resembling a drawer. The front and/or back may accommodate labeling, with label system built-in or offered as an option.

Construction Materials

Earth-Friendly UV Finish: Earth-friendly UV finish can refer to a protective UV finish that filters ultraviolet light to reduce fading or other damage form direct sun or other exposure.

Eco-Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Paint finish protects many steel and metal components of our classroom furniture collections, and many paint finishes are environmentally friendly for “green” shopping convenience and a healthier, cleaner ecological design.

Full Access Hinges: Full access hinges allow cabinet doors to open beyond 180-degrees, allowing greater access to the stored items within the cabinet, wardrobe, or other storage unit.

Maple Plywood: Maple plywood is made using thin slices or sheets of real maple wood. The sheets are layered with the wood grain pattern alternating between layers and the layers are bonded together to form strong wood panels for use as the core of select furniture or storage elements. Plywood is often finished with wood veneers, or with wood-style patterns made of melamine or laminate.

Melamine: Melamine is a strong, long-lasting finish similar to laminate but composed of fewer layers. The top layer provides the surface finish with scratch-resistant performance and melamine is available in wood grain patterns as well as popular colors and decorative patterns. Melamine finish is often used with plywood, particleboard, or other wood product forming the core or thickness of the panels that make up the furniture element.

Metal Frame: Metal frames are usually composed of steel and finished with paint or enamel for lasting appearance. The sides of the frame are usually open, giving a ladder-like appearance with the drawer slides or tote tray slides visible from both sides.

Particle Board: Particleboard comprises the panels of many quality furniture and storage elements. Particleboard is made from real wood, combing an adhesive wax or resin with wood chips, saw dust and other pieces. The mixture is pressed and shaped, utilizing heat and pressure to form dense, durable panels with uniform thickness, strength, and shape.

Pearl Laminate Interior: Many classroom and music storage units feature pearl laminate interior or other white or light interior finish. The laminate is securely bonded to the furniture components comprising the interior and the light colors enhance storage visibility for access and use. The laminate finish is durable, with impact-resistant, scratch-resistant, and stain-resistant properties.

Plexi Glass: Plexiglass is composed of a clear or transparent plastic polymer that resembles glass window panels but with enhances strength and durability. Plexiglass is lighter in weight than traditional glass and shatterproof offer a safer alternative to glass doors or panels.

PVC Edge: PVC edging seals the sides of plywood, particleboard, or other panel elements that comprise furniture and storage units in a collection. The surfaces of the panels are often finished with laminate or melamine, and PVC strips are applied to the edges to protect the surface finishes and enhance the overall design. The PVC edging conceals potentially rough edges, improving comfortable use and safety.

Rubber Base Moulding: Rubber base moulding protects from shoes, spills, and cleanup or other contact with the base of the storage unit. The rubber moulding is often a black rubber strip, securely adhered along the front and sides of the lower edge of the base and extending up several inches to protect the base for lasting use.

Select Veneers: Select veneers generally indicates the furniture or storage unit is finished with real wood veneers, finished in natural wood tones or rich wood stains and applied to the furniture components to create a finished look that resembles real hardwood construction. Wood veneers offer a durable, economical design with lasting style and most are finished with a protective topcoat or other protective top finish for lasting color and appearance.

Steel Drawer Interiors: Drawers with steel interiors have steel components forming the back, sides, and bottom of the drawer, attached to the drawer-front which is often finished with laminate or melamine to match the overall storage unit design. The steel drawer interior adds strength and support to the drawers for added longevity.

Steel Frame: Steel frames may be made of steel tubing, offering the strength of steel with lighter weight and a more cost-effective design. Solid steel panels may be used to form cabinets or other storage elements, as opposed to the open-style frames of metal storage carts or shelving.

Square Tube Frame: Square tubing almost always refers to steel tubing with a square shape, featuring a hollow center forming the tube and four flat sides of equal width. The tubing is finished on the external surface with paint or enamel, usually using environmentally friendly paint with a smooth powder-coat finish.

Wood Frame: The classroom storage units with wood frames are designed using sturdy particleboard or plywood panels on most units. Particleboard is composed of wood chips and sawdust bonded with an adhesive compound and pressed to form panels of uniform size, thickness, and strength. Plywood is made using thin slices of wood, bonded together with the wood grain pattern alternating between layers to enhance strength. These wood core panels are finished with laminate or melamine for scratch-resistant, impact-resistant finish that lasts.


ADA Compliant: Classroom storage listed as ADA compliant meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for access by those with varied abilities, including wheelchair-bound individuals. ADA compliance can refer to the height of a desktop or work surface, the clearance under the work surface for wheelchair access, and the depth of cabinets or other sizing specifications that aid universal, indiscriminate access and use.

Bin Sizes: Rolling bins, totes, trays, and other storage bin-style elements are usually measured in depth or height, referring to the depth of the interior of the bin where stored items are placed. A 3" tote tray, for example, will have an overall rectangular box-style shape with 3"-high sides.

Custom-Built, Non-Returnable: Classroom storage that is described as custom-built, made to order, and/or non-returnable is non-returnable due to the custom-built assembly. These elements are built to the ordered specifications and finishes, and are therefore difficult to repurpose. To ensure orders are precise, consult our experienced design team to assist with the ordering process.

Double Labeling System and Dual-Labeling System: A double or dual labeling system allows labels to attach to both ends of storage bins and tote trays.

Label System: Storage bins and tote trays often support a labeling system allowing individual bins or trays to be labeled for easy categorizing and organizing contents.

Wire Management: Wire management includes grommet holes, wire channels, storage bins, cable pass-through support, and/or other technology and electrical support that allow neater organization of computer and audiovisual equipment for productive classroom, lab, and work settings.