The Anthropometry in Service of the School Furniture - Case Study Applied to the Portuguese Primary Schools

  • Maria Antónia Gonçalves
  • Marlene Brito
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1026)


The focus of the current study was to set the benchmark for designing school furniture for Portuguese primary schools, taking into account the characterization and analysis of a previously selected sample of students. Considering the anthropometric data of the Portuguese children with ages between six and ten years old and its treatment, it was possible to set benchmarks for the design of school furniture for Portuguese primary schools, as well as to develop a methodological guide for adjusting the furniture according to the student’s stature. The obtained results seem to be very relevant as they provide a scientific basis for the design and compatible with the anthropometric dimensions of the considered population of users.


Anthropometry School furniture Ergonomic design 



We acknowledge the financial support of CIDEM, R&D unit funded by the FCT – Portuguese Foundation for the Development of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, under the Project UID/EMS/0615/2016.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Antónia Gonçalves
    • 1
  • Marlene Brito
    • 1
  1. 1.CIDEM - Research Center of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering of Porto (ISEP)Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal

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