In one of the schools I work in, the IT room is shared with the Before & Afterschool club. The room is an extension for which the school got funding because it as going to be a before and afterschool club. Since we needed a place to have an IT Suite, it has now become shared. The room is pretty big, but has no windows, just two doors.
The caretaker put up kitchen worktops with legs all around the room to hold the PCs. The PCs are large towers which are kept underneath the worktop, with a 17" TFT, Keyboard and Mouse at the top. Trouble they have is that the computers contantly get kicked and wires get unplugged, which is obviously no good for reliability. One PC has died already (needs new motherboard). They do have air conditioning in the room which helps and so far heat has not been that much of an issue.
I have been thinking of a way of moving the PC Towers from under the worktops. My idea (since we can't afford to put them in smaller cases) is to bunch all the PC towers for one wall together in a corner out of the way and use a KVM extension cable like this:
I bought all my cable tidies on eBay - figured that I could spare the school a fiver!
What about properly mounting the PCs under the workbench but off of the floor - we have just purchased these and I think we got them for about ¬£50 each including locking bar. We had ours custom-built for the machines we're about to put in our Art/Music dept.
Ours will be mounted under the benching towards the back, with space for cables etc at the back and the locking bar at the front - so access to the USB ports will be allowed, but the students won't be able to get to the back of the machine nor pull the towers out.
With some really "cautious" governors, the budget is very very tight, so unfortunetly ¬£50 x 15 spent on those mountings is no going to happen. Anyway.. kitchen worktops are only 600mm deep and the towers just about fit under them with all the wires plugged in the back, they are usually facing sideways flat against the wall (hence why they get kicked). The caretaker did build some stands for them to get them off the ground, but that wasn't too successful, which I why I'd like to keep them just completely out of the way.
I have bought my cable tidies from ebay too, but the secretary doesn't like it because of the VAT issues.
To be honest they need some proper tables, with the correct distance between PC and have the room setup as the main IT suite, but the Before & Afterschool club were their first.
I've got PCs under desks in a MFL suite. Faced with a similar issue, I turned the PCs 90 degrees and used steel-wire rope to stop them being turned back around. They can still be kicked, but only on the stell side.
I have used a strap system thats good cannot remmeber where its from now as its 2 years since i used it but will try and find out, its like a belt that goes around them and was about ¬£30 I think per machine and was good for the job of holding them up, why not bolt them to the underside of the desk lying down, almost like a desktop machine but underneither??