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Study Carrels Offer Personal Privacy For Improved Focus

Although they appear to be fairly modern pieces of education furniture, carrels were actually first recorded in the 13th century at Westminster Abbey, London, though their earliest existence can be traced to the end of the 12th century. The origin of the word carrel, or carrell, stems from the Medieval Latin ‘carula’, “small study in a cloister” or perhaps from a later word ‘corolla’, meaning “little crown, garland”. The term originally referred to carrels in the cloister walk of a Benedictine monastery, and much later, was used to describe precincts and spaces enclosed by rails. Today, of course, computer carrels and student carrels denote study cubicles in schools, libraries and colleges throughout the civilized world.

When searching to purchase study carrels and library carrels, one configuration doesn't necessarily fit all applications. School study carrels can help teachers create a distraction-free work area for their students, while library study carrels may have full-height side panels that offer visitors a little more privacy in an already hushed environment. ADA compliant carrels are available for those with special needs. Beyond schools and libraries, a portable study carrel can also serve as a kiosk for patron usage in banks, currency exchanges, loan offices, hotel lobbies or any number of public institutions.

There are several styles to choose from, so you’ll want to consider the following things while you shop: configuration, height, materials and accessories. For instance, several units from K-Log are height-adjustable carrels. Some are heavy-duty carrels that are made with more substantial steel back panels or frames. If a lightweight and portable carrel is what you need, ours is so lightweight that it easily folds for spontaneous relocation or storage. You may even want to begin with a stand-alone starter carrel and affix add-on units to make rows as your needs evolve. Indeed, K-Log also offers a computer table that converts to a carrel with an optional carrel kit, which consists of two side panels; other options include a CPU holder and pull-out keyboard shelf. Materials range from easy-to-clean laminates and work surfaces to sound-absorbent tackable fabric or vinyl-covered walls. So, whatever your particular needs for study desks are, rest assured that the versatile carrel is time-tested and monk-approved. Browse our selection of executive desks and functional cubicle systems for your office needs, or our reception stations to greet your guests in style.