We can all agree that hard-working teachers deserve all the breaks they can get, right? That’s why it’s so important to make your teachers’ lounge a restful space, one that helps educators escape and relax for a bit. It should have lots of comfy seating, plenty of room to spread out, and all the coffee you can manage! Take a look at these inspiring teachers’ lounge ideas, and start making plans to give your staff their own luxurious getaway.
1. Make it cozy
Industrial gray carpet looks so much better with a few big rugs over the top, don’t you think? And that awning is such a cute touch!
2. Update the furnishings
That plaid couch in the “before” photos is giving us serious 80’s flashbacks. The new teachers’ lounge setup is classy and modern, and relaxing too.
3. Create a conversation spot
That fireplace!! What a genius touch. The wood-panel accent wall makes you feel like you’re in a cabin in the woods, too. See the before and after shots of this workroom at Inside Heather’s Home.
4. Try chalkboard accents
Whiteboards may have replaced chalkboards in the classroom, but they look terrific in the breakroom!
5. Flooring makes a surprising difference
Flip through to the after photos to see how much better this room looks with wood floors. The difference is astonishing!
6. Black and white can pack a punch
This elementary school wanted its teachers’ lounge to feel more like a café where staff could kick back and relax. See more before and after photos at Young House Love.
7. Welcome them in
The door itself offers real inspiration in this lounge. Simple and effective!
8. Add chic décor accents
Covering ugly tables with sleek silvery-gray made a big difference in this lounge. Scroll through the photos to check out the gorgeous blue-and-white striped accent wall too.
9. Display artwork on a gallery wall
Whether you hang student artwork, inspiring messages, or photos from staff parties, a gallery wall is an easy way to perk up a space. See more pics, including before-and-afters, at Restyle It Wright.
10. Create inspiring bulletin boards
Teachers spend a lot of time prepping bulletin boards for their classrooms. Give some TLC to the ones in the breakroom too!
11. Add color to boring brick walls
Oh, those cheerful flower murals! A little paint (and talent) is all it takes to turn blank space into an inspiring work of art.
12. The more appliances, the better
When your lunch break is 20 minutes long, you don’t have time to wait for someone else to finish with the microwave. That’s why we love the multiple appliances in this breakroom. Take a look at the rest of this teachers’ lounge At Charlotte’s House.
13. Contrasting hues add so much cheer
Even if your budget is tight, invest in some paint and new slipcovers for existing furniture in bright colors. Little touches can have a big impact.
14. Provide plenty of seating
Smaller tables provide lots of chairs for everyone. Plus, you can push them together when you want to meet in a bigger group.
15. Embrace natural light
If you’re lucky enough to have natural light in your teachers’ lounge, make the most of it! Use frosted window vinyl instead of curtains for privacy, if needed. See more of this bright and cheery teachers lounge at Camille Styles.
16. Teachers deserve a little luxury
There’s something about velvet couches and tapestry on the walls that feels so decadent. But splurges like this don’t have to cost a fortune. Check thrift shops or ask for donations.
17. Clean and simple makes an impression
Neutral colors are calm and soothing, something teachers often need during busy school days. A bit of green, whether real or artificial, is always welcome.
18. Start a staff book swap
Teachers may not have time to read during their breaks, but they’ll be glad to pick up something new to relax with at home. Thanks to Melissa Zonin on Pinterest for this idea.
19. Think outside the box
Everyone could use a little fresh air during the school day (recess duty doesn’t count!). Set aside a patio space for teachers to enjoy on sunny days.
20. Swap leftover desks for adult furniture
Swipe through to the before pictures to see how drab this room used to be. A big part of the difference? Getting rid of beat-up student desks and putting in some nicer seating instead.
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