This chair is perfect for a versatile learning environment. It allows for variable class arrangements quickly. The chair can be entered and exited easily with a movable desk top. The movement of the desk and adjustable height make this chair comfortable for a wide range of body types. Its sturdy construction allow for placing heavy objects on the desk without tipping. I love it; other teachers want it and my students will do anything to sit in it.

Ann K., Mississippi, GEI Reviewer and Teacher

The Essay series includes a Student Chair (with or without a tray base under the seat), Task Chair and Stool. It has a wall friendly design and a backpack can be hung on the back or arm. Seat pads and non-rolling glides on the legs are optional. The tray base option allows personal items to be tucked away. The tablet arm features a non-handed dual work zone that allows left-handers and right-handers to efficiently use both digital devices and paper materials. With smart design and intuitive functionality, Essay is the easy answer.


In market: 1 1/2 years

Grade levels: 6 – 12

Estimated weight: 55 lbs

Volume discounts: Volume discounts are available.

Other information: Essay seating is certified to indoor air quality, and was designed by a Purdue University Industrial Design student as part of National’s annual Design Challenge.


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Comments from other GEI teacher reviewers

"The Essay chair actually took up less space than my box-like desks. I think having more of these chairs would save me room in the classroom. I also loved how quickly it allowed students in the chair to join a group. If I had a class full of these, we could be able to get in groups quicker.”

— Brandi M., Kansas, GEI Reviewer and Teacher

"The Essay Seating Collection had a positive impact in my classroom. It was sturdy, comfortable and portable. It was also a strong motivator in my class. Students enjoyed sitting in it to tackle challenging assignments and getting to use it as a reward. My school is already considering purchasing more of these."

— Jenn H., Tennessee, GEI Reviewer and Teacher