For advice about seating arrangements, bulletin boards, and other considerations, Todd Finley has written a helpful overview of some factors to consider related to your classroom design, including information about the research, and links to video tours of exemplary elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Explore all these tips and videos in "Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces."
Are there any environmental distractions or issues that might derail student attention or make it difficult for particular students to hear or see classroom activities? Ben Johnson discusses how important it is to think about classroom acoustics in "Auditory Awareness: Are Students Hearing the Lesson?" For some additional tips on environmental factors to consider, including information about other potential distractors and lighting considerations, also see Erin Klein’s "3 Quick Tips for a Beautiful, Brain-Friendly Classroom," from Scholastic.
Already working in a classroom and want to explore options for modifying the layout? Several Edutopia bloggers have explored tips and tricks to rethink and remake classrooms. Check out the following posts for help getting started: