Hey OCB friends! Here is a quickie tip for those of you who have student desks with lids. I don’t know about you, but it drives me bonkers to no end when they slam them shut – or let them drop and the desk top clangs on the bottom metal part.
I actually saw a great idea somewhere that suggested using sliced up wine cork to quiet slamming hanging cabinet doors, which was wonderful. Except – taking the time to slice up cork and then add it to student desks permanently sounded like too much of a task. Plus, they would have picked away the cork in about 2.3 seconds anyway and we would be back at square one.
So, my take on it was foam stickers! I am all about easy and economical. You could do this one of 2 ways: either grab foam sheets (in my case, all I had at home were foamy sticker discs) and hole punch them OR get some shapes that are adhesive backed instead.
Attach to the places where the desk clangs (for my desk in the picture it would be the two top corners) and viola – no more clanging (for a bit anyway), but these are honestly so inexpensive that it shouldn’t cost very much to keep replacing them for wear and tear.
Of course, you will have some lovelies who feel that peeling the stickers off every day is a better plan, so perhaps offering students no homework passes or extra computer time for those that still have them on their desks at random checks throughout the week might be the best way to make sure they stay put without having to permanently glue them on and risk the custodial staff coming after you for altering the classroom furniture.
Enjoy quieting those desks!