A good training room design takes into account a number of things including: color, lighting, sound, air quality, flexibility and layout.
- Choose a wall color based on what the training room is used for. For example, colors with a bluish tint work well with computer screens. Warm colors, like pale yellow or salmon, give a comfortable background. Green is relaxing and promotes creativity, while red can be stimulating. If the climate outside is usually rainy or dull, cool colors would not be ideal. Another thing to consider when choosing the wall color for your training room is monotony and flexibility; for example, you can paint one accent wall with a bluish tint for computer classes, and use pale yellow for the rest of the walls.
- Natural light promotes attentiveness in a training room; however, working with computers in direct light is difficult. If the training room has windows, arrange the furniture so glare is minimized. A room used for multiple purposes, should have a variety of light sources.
- A training room should be enclosed; simply having a section in an open office devoted to training makes it hard for the group to concentrate. Also when thinking about sound, consider the floor, people moving around is distracting, choose traffic friendly, easy to clean carpet, linoleum or another noise reducing surface for your training room.
- Good air circulation and temperature control maintains group attentiveness. Try to get a ventilation device for a room with no windows.
- Select furniture that is as flexible as possible for your training room. Modular tables and chairs are a good choice. If there are any space concerns, then the fewer legs on a piece of furniture, the better. Look for scratch resistance sturdy furniture with adjustable heights. Chairs and tables that stack up or fold away can be helpful. Shared resources and networks for ease of computer additions should be taken into account. Storage, such as cubby holes can be useful in multipurpose training rooms.
- There are many ways to lay out your training room. The seating can be traditional, with rows of seats facing the trainer. This is good for short sessions with large groups. Seating can be arranged in a horseshoe, which promotes interaction but also keeps the focus on the trainer. Seating can be in a circle, with the trainer taking one end. This is good for discussion forums, as it promotes a sense of equality. Finally, seating can be divided into small groupings - this setup is ideal for activities.