When students arrive back at school in the fall, most teachers decide to introduce a seating chart into their classroom to help govern where each student will sit. For teachers, these seating charts are a great way to organize a classroom, mix students up so that they make new friends, and easily account for students who are absent from class.

At the beginning of the year, a visual seating chart is also a great way for a teacher to learn their students names and have a more visual idea of how their classroom is set up. In this article, I’m going to show you how to quickly make a customizable seating chart that can be reused and easily shared with others! For this example, I’ve created a seating chart for our office at Kapwing! Here is what your seating chart might look like when it’s finished:

There are six easy steps you can follow to create a seating chart of your own:

  1. Collect photos and names of your students
  2. Upload these images to the Kapwing Studio
  3. Use the rounded corners tool to turn the images into circles
  4. Add other shapes as desks or classroom elements
  5. Move student photos where you want them
  6. Publish and Share!

1) Collect photos and names of your students

Once you have a roster of your students for the year, collect the names and photos of each student that you want to use in your seating chart. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to photos or don’t want to include them, you can make a similar seating chart with only names.

2) Upload these images to the Kapwing Studio

Go to the Kapwing Studio and start with a blank canvas. You can then use the Custom Size button to determine what shape you want your seating chart to be. After that, you can upload each of the student photos to the page and choose the size you want.


3) Use the rounded corners tool to turn the images into circles

The rounded corners tool is an easy and awesome way to turn your square photos into circles! When you click on a photo, the tool appears on the right side of your creation. Use the sliding scale to make your images as round or square as you’d like!


4) Add other shapes as desks or classroom elements

The shapes tool at the top of the page allows you to create colored circles, rectangles, and lots more! You can use these shapes to create the elements of your classroom. For my example, I added black rectangles to represent our desks, and I added a purple rectangle as the background to make my final image more colorful. You can also choose to add things like the location of the doors, windows, or the teacher’s desk.


5) Move student photos where you want them

After you have all of your classroom elements in place, you can move the student photos to where you want them to sit! I also added each person’s name using the Text tool at the top of Studio.


6) Publish and Share!

Once you’re satisfied with your seating chart, you can click the Publish button to create a final image. From there, you can download the image, copy the link, or go back in and edit if you want to make any changes. This can be especially useful if you want to switch up your seating chart after a certain period of time. Happy creating! And be sure to tag #kapwing with your creations!

This article is part of a series featuring educational tutorials and lesson plan inspirations for K-12 classrooms! Want to see more? Check out the Kapwing Education Page!