Give your common room the competitive edge

When it comes to your sixth form common room, it’s important that your students feel that the space belongs to them. A common room is a place to escape to, a place to enjoy the company of friends. It shouldn’t be a room that looks identical to any other in your college, with just a few chairs and tables. If it is plain and boring it’ll be rarely used.

Here are some ideas to give your common room the wow factor:

Pool table

Pool tables are available in a variety of different cloth colours, so why not opt for one in a bright and daring red, purple or blue? Renting a pool table could cost less than you think.

We recently provided Altrincham Grammar School for Boys with a pool table for their sixth form common room and it has been a huge hit. A pool table can encourage quieter students to come out of their shells. It can allow students to enjoy some healthy competition and mix with people they mightn’t have spoken to, had there not been a pool table.  Encouraging the students to run knock-out competitions could help increase the social element of your common room.

Comfy seating

You’ll want some standard chairs for students who want to sit at a table and study but the rest of the chairs should be comfy and eye catching. Why not have a couple of sofas and beanbags? If you opt for a modular sofa the students will be able to move it round into different configurations.


On the walls of the room, why not have some murals and quotes from inspirational people? Quotes to make them work hard and reap the rewards. If you have any former pupils who have gone on to have outstanding careers they could be featured too.

A place to eat

If possible, have a toaster, coffee machine and fridge that the students can use. Being able to make themselves a few rounds of toast and brew whenever they like will go down well and help encourage the students to visit the common room in their free periods. A vending machine might also be a good idea.


The common room should be a place to chill out in, so have a CD player or juke box that the students can use. A flat screen TV on one wall is a must, students want to be able to switch off and having a TV can help them do this. It’ll be well utilised whenever there’s a big sporting event in college hours.

Get in touch

To find out more about our pool tables and juke boxes don’t delay, give us a call on 0161 870 7777 or fill out an enquiry form.

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