Spending time in a hospital or healthcare facility can be a stressful and unnerving time…
When considering the design of a healthcare facility, there are many things to take into account, the most important of which will be the purpose of the facility and the users it will cater for. Along with considering things such as the layout of the building, its accessibility and security, and any necessary storage facilities, taking care to choose the most appropriate hospital furniture can be the difference between a good healthcare facility and a great one.
What to consider?
Firstly, consider the purpose of the facility and the needs of the people who will be using it. At David Bailey Furniture, we are renowned for manufacturing specialist furniture for all healthcare facilities, including mental health environments. It is important to ensure furniture in these environments is robust and safe, but also in keeping with the atmosphere of the environment and the practical needs of staff and users alike. You could install furniture with a reinforced frame construction to improve the robustness and reduce the risk of users injuring themselves by trying to move furniture. Also consider furniture designed without gaps to prevent users storing any items within it.
Next, it is important to consider the practicality of the furniture. It is well-documented that hospital overcrowding presents a real problem in many healthcare facilities, so it is important to bear in mind the need to maximise usable space and minimise anything that may obstruct the facility’s workers and users from moving efficiently. David Bailey Furniture can provide fitted healthcare furniture designed to maximise accessibility and help facilities to run as smoothly as possible.
Finally, there is no need to neglect the aesthetic appeal of the furniture. Healthcare settings are increasingly looking to offer users a less clinical atmosphere. From hospital waiting rooms to bedrooms in a residential facility, different areas will strive for different aesthetic effects to meet their specific requirements. It is easy to think that all hospital furniture has to prioritise function over form, but it is possible to have both, and at David Bailey Furniture we can help you install the right furniture for a healthcare environment.
Improving healthcare facilities with furniture – where to find out more
At David Bailey Furniture Systems, we have been manufacturing fitted furniture for the hospital and other healthcare environments for over 35 years. Our factory is in Broadstairs, Kent in the UK and we have provided furniture for many NHS hospitals and private hospitals, including Wexham Park, Guy’s & St Thomas’, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Spire Hospitals and University College London Hospital (UCLH), as well as many regional hospitals around England and Wales. Visit our Hospital Furniture page to find out more. Or get in touch to find out how we can help if you’re an architect specifying furniture for a hospital or other healthcare environment or a contractor looking for a reliable and quality manufacturer of hospital furniture.