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Speech rooms are notorious for being rooms of abundant space and lavish furnishings…just kidding ?  We all know speech spaces don’t have the best rack record when it comes to room to move. This means that anything that is going occupying said space better be earning its way to stay there.  This makes flexible seating in speech rooms so important. You can never have too much storage, am I right?

Here are some of my favorite ways to integrate flexible seating into our “cozy” speech rooms.

Ottomans and Benches

There are a number of very affordable and options that won’t fall to pieces the first day.  These are some of my favs.  They don’t take up a lot of room but are fabulous for storing toys, binders, books, TpT materials, fidgets, etc.


This is a set of 2 for $34!!!

If you are looking for something more DIY then these are options are going to be right up your alley.

5 Gallon Bucket

A little spray paint and a cushion on the top.  Thats all you need to turn these Home Depot staples into flexible seating.  These don’t hold binders as well but are great for toys, TpT materials, books, supplies like crayons, paper bags, etc. You can click here to see the pins I posted in my Organization section of Pinterest  .

Milk Crate

All you need is a plastic milk crate, fabric bin, and cushion.  No painting required unless you want to.  Just put the crate on its side and insert the fabric bin.  Put a comfy cushion on top and ta-da!  Now, these probably give you the least amount of storage space out of all the options but still more storage than a plain ole chair sitting there. Click here to see the this on my Organization Board of Pinterest .

Since we are talking about organization and storage here, I did want to share a quick non-seating organization tool that is super helpful for small, well really any, speech space. A compartment tool box is awesome for all of those little thingamabobs and dodads that we accumulate and have no idea where to really put.  I use this one.

It is the best! The drawers are big. They can hold a deck of big Weber artic cards to give you some perspective.  I really love them for holding those spare AAC images I may not need, oh and wind up toys that I’m not using, or little finger fidgets. You get the idea.  If you click the link, you will find a link to the tool box in the description.


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Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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