I just had my room renovated this year. I teach K-5 - but maybe some of
these suggestions apply. My room is still not done - I don't have sinks, and
there is a lot of finishing work to do, but I'll give you my pros and cons....
I didn't have wall space to put a chalkboard, or bulletin board, so I asked
for my cabinets to have bulletin board fronts. I have a chalkboard on wheels
(which is ok - although not ideal) but any visials I need to display, I tack on
a cabinet. I have enough on one wall for each grade level to have 2
Make sure when you talk to the architect, that you have a space to keep your
largest size paper. Right now, I have a huge stack of large paper, sitting on
a counter, because it deosn't fit inside any cabinets. Also - the cabinets
that were installed in my room were designed for an art room, however - the
designer never actually considered the standard sizes of paper. In my cabinets,
I have a lot of wasted space, because the paper is too long, and sticks out
over the shelves in my cabinets (so I have to turn it the other way) and some
paper won't fit in my flat file drawers.
I have two clay cabinets that have screen fronts so that clay work can dry.
I am still waiting for the shelves - they are supposed to be screen-material
I also have laminate countertops and tables - I haven't found anything yet
that will take off crayon - but maybe soap and water will work - when I get my
sink - I'll let you know. :)
Breanne K-5 Long Island