This post originally appeared on the blog Pre-K Tweets.  

I remember being a new teacher and waiting so anxiously to get into my new room! I tried to imagine what it would look like… the center areas, the little tables and chairs, the storage space, etc. How would I arrange my new room? What centers would I have? Would I have enough shelves and tables? Those were just a few of the hundreds of thoughts I had before I started school. I drew my layout on notebook paper late at night when I had new teacher jitters and on napkins as I waited for my food in restaurants. 

The day had come, and after I saw my classroom, I had to reconfigure my arrangement based on the space, furniture, and other obstacles. I knew I had to have space to put down cots for nap time, I needed a small group table/teacher aide work space, I needed the tables to do double duty for activities and lunch time, I had to work around the built-in carpet, cubbies, teacher desk… the list went on and on!

My advice is to make a list of necessities and plan those areas first. Sometimes you will have to work around not having enough storage or tables, funky pieces of furniture that have to stay in your room, outlets in goofy places, etc. You will have to get creative! Also, it’s perfectly fine to redo your arrangement during the year and switch it up! I’ve always changed my arrangement at least once a year and I always want something different as a new school year begins. The classroom should be a happy and comforting place for students and teachers as well!

During college courses and internships, I learned about early childhood room arrangements. The shelves should be low, all materials on open shelves are for the students, everything labeled, plenty of walk space, etc. I took notes as I toured classrooms and poured over those cute teacher blogs! : ) But only from my own teaching experience, I truly learned the importance of classroom space and design.

Here are a few of my favorite classroom floor plan arrangements that I’ve had over the years. We might not have the same furniture or same amount of furniture but I hope it gives you at least a few ideas to work with. Happy planning!  

 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
I liked this arrangement because there was plenty of room between the centers and tables. I bought the cube shelves from Target. They made a great room divider, held storage, and you could see through them so it made the classroom have a light and airy feeling! The large group time carpet was built into the floor so it couldn’t be moved. I double duty used it for our whole group lessons and for block play. The art center and easel were conveniently located next to the sink for easy clean up. The light table was next to an outlet and book shelves were used as center dividers. I also used some of the backs of bookshelves for felt boards and to display vocabulary. The cabinet next to the door was used as a parent sign-in station and the rug there was used as our safe spot.
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
I liked this arrangement because placing the library center at the entrance of the classroom provided for a homey/living room look as students entered. The safe spot was located closer to the teacher work area tucked into a corner and the pretend center had plenty of space. I also liked having a defined blocks center. Students could leave out special constructions during transition time and return to them later.
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
In this floor plan, the safe spot was moved near the cubbies and the light table was moved to the back wall. I traded in a table in the discovery area to allow students to have more workspace. Also, the library area was moved to the middle and made the classroom feel much larger. There was also a book shelf/cabinet placed behind the group time carpet. The cabinet held puzzles and morning tub manipulatives.

Here of a few photos of some of my past classroom arrangement ideas! They are a mix of photos from different years. Enjoy! 

Parent sign-in station…the back of this cabinet (which actually used to be the pretend center fridge) stored crayon buckets!

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Parent sign-in station…the back of this cabinet (which actually used to be the pretend center fridge) stored crayon buckets!
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Pretend center in the corner.
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Here’s another pretend center area where I had it in front of the window…

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Discovery/science center close to the classroom entrance… Chairs were bought at Ikea and they have remained in great shape! Baskets were bought at garage sales and www.saveoncrafts.com.
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Discovery/science center
  
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Here’s another discovery area idea in the corner with bookshelf and table…

 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
ABC center with use of table, magazine rack, and bookshelf. The shelf on top of the table is an over the sink shelf. I bought it at a garage sale and sometimes use it for storage under the Smartboard! I love items that do double duty!

 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Portable light table on top of Ikea table with magnet board behind.
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Safe spot and crayon tub storage…parent sign-in station with folder drop off bucket…
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Built in group time area… (labeled apple baskets awaiting school supplies on Meet the Teacher Night! Get your labels HERE!)
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Built in cubbies and rectangle table used for breakfast…

 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Rolling blocks station that could be moved to the big carpet for play.

 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Another year, I made a bigger blocks area. I turned over the dress up closet/mirror and utilized it for block play/storage. The rug is from Ikea and I love the mellow colors!

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Math center table and bookshelf/cabinet…

 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Library area when it was in front of the window. I created extra storage from zip tying Michael’s wooden crates together to make a bookcase. I covered an existing felt board with burlap to tie in the neutral colors. The chairs were half price (yay!) from Garden Ridge/At Home store…the rug was bought there too.



Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
In this arrangement the library center is near the classroom entrance. It’s defined by a rolling book cart and writing station cart. The writing station cart actually used to be the blocks cart, lol. Like I said..I have done a lot of re-planning and rearranging in my teaching career. It’s fun when you find new uses for things and they work! I took the wheels off my listening center cart, flipped it over, and put a plastic bin inside… instant sensory station!


Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
ABC station: writing center/abc games… this is when I had a whole lot of hot pink leftover from my previous classrooms…

 

 
 
Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
I slowly turned over to neutrals and natural textures…it made the classroom feel much more calm, clean, and relaxed…

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
Math center with storage for manipulatives and a table to play the games. I used the back of a cabinet for a math pocket chart game and vocabulary.

 

Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!
And last but not least…the art center built by Target cube shelves.
 

I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed my little room arrangements tour, and I hope you’ve found some useful ideas for your new or existing classroom!  If you have any questions leave them in the comment section below. Happy planning and happy teaching! ~ Christian

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Where should you put your book shelves? Your group time carpet? Your storage? Christian McQuary has a few ideas, and she's diagrammed them out. Take a look!Christian McQuary is a full time TpT Teacher-Author, educational blogger, and graphic designer! She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Thomas, and her (very spoiled!) golden retriever, Lucy. Her years of teaching Pre-K, combined with a life-long love of art, inspired her to create exciting classroom resources, unique early childhood games, and helpful organizational supplies! Check out more of Christian’s ideas on her blog, Pre-K Tweets, TpT store, Facebook, and Pinterest!