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Shawnee Mission North Get Refresh and Revamp of Classroom Furniture

Shawnee Mission North High School in Mission, Kansas went through several changes during the 2020-2021 school year, even beyond the changes COVID-19 brought.  In May, school officials moved to drop their existing mascot, taking on a new look.

Due to the requirement to change signage, uniforms, and other pieces that showed the former mascot, full implementation of the ‘Bison’ isn’t expected to happen until the summer of 2022. However, a revamp and refresh of almost every classroom began in the summer of 2021.

Freedom Interiors designed, delivered, and installed furniture for nearly every classroom in the building.  These spaces included a family consumer science classroom, a makerspace, and general education classrooms.  Each room was appropriately fitted with vibrant red finishes and upholstery to match the school’s colors.


This makerspace studio allows students to learn and be creative through the use of hands-on projects.  They are able to create and build prototypes, research, and test in this area.


The room is equipped with four collaboration tables each with a butcher block top and red leg finishes. Two of the tables are standard height with MooreCo Grow Stools, and the remaining two are bar-height tables are HON’s Makerspace Tables that house five Makerspace Café Height Stools and eight storage bins.


Additionally, there is a place for students to collaborate in a more relaxed environment using Ofgo’s Vibe and Invite series.



This project-based learning classroom had needs different from other classrooms based their curriculum requirements.


The room had a variety of workspace and seating options through the use of Herman Miller’s HAY series. Twenty-four Herman Miller Hay What About a Stool, finished in Bright Red, tuck neatly under six bar-height tables. Seven more standard height tables, come with seating for 24.



The computer lab was appropriately fitted with 27 of the Herman Miller Caper chairs, a more office type chair rather than education chair, and 27 individual student desks from Wisconsin Bench that were placed facing one other. 



One of the general education classrooms had the most diverse furniture of them all.  Seating ranged from height-adjustable tables to moveable collaborative tables on wheels, with a mixture of four seating options.


The center of the room seats 10 using Academia Cantilever Chairs fitted with red seats and backs, and height-adjustable, puzzle-piece like tables on wheels from Wisconsin Bench’s Elevate Arcadia Student Desk series.


The west side of the classroom includes four Wisconsin Bench Epic Tables with flashy red leg finishes at bar-height and eight black Academia bar-height stools, facing one another to allow for collaboration.


The opposing side of the room incorporates two stool seating options in three different colors.  Red and grey ottomans from Academia’s soft seating Mod Series and black Grow Stools give students a variety of options and tuck under the Wisconsin Bench’s Elevate Plymouth II height-adjusable individual student desks.