Designing or refurbishing your care home is often an exciting time.
Choosing wallpaper designs, accessorising your space with beautiful soft furnishings, artwork, pictures, vases and trinkets, and fine-tuning your layout are at the top of your to-do list, along with matching your furniture to your chosen interior design schemes.
But have you thought about the type of furniture required for a commercial environment?
All healthcare environments require sturdy and durable furniture.
You may think that furniture bought from a high street retailer is suitable for your care home, they look the same, right? Well actually, this isn’t the case.
Furniture you buy for your own home doesn’t adhere to the same BS standards as contract furniture, which has a much higher level to meet, to help ensure the safety of your residents, visitors, and staff. The average domestic sofa, chair or coffee table has been manufactured with much lower usage rates in mind, therefore not suitable for use in your care home.
Furthermore, domestic furniture only complies with two fire safety regulations, BS EN 597-1 – Smouldering cigarette test and BS EN 597-2 – Match test. Commercial furniture, by UK law, requires the use of high performance upholstery fabrics and vinyl that meet certain fire and safety requirements for use in care homes. This includes fabrics that are “Crib 5”, a flame-retardant test, and this is performed by the manufacturer of the item.
Renray Healthcare are experts in contract furniture designed specifically for care homes and healthcare spaces.
Contract furniture is an essential aspect of commercial interior design, particularly in care homes in the UK. The term refers to furniture specifically designed for commercial and institutional use, designed to meet the specific needs and demands of the commercial sector.
Care homes in the UK require furniture that is not only stylish and functional, but also safe, durable, and easy to maintain. Contract furniture is designed with these specific requirements in mind, ensuring that care homes can provide a comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
The benefits of using Contract Furniture in your care home
Below we outline the main benefits of using contract furniture in your care homes:
1. Meets required regulations as set out by CQC.
When choosing furniture for your care homes, you should keep in mind the requirements your care home needs to comply with, as set out by CQC.
Regulation 15: Premises and equipment outlines how equipment used in care homes needs to be clean, secure, accessible and suitable for the purpose, for which it is being used. This means your furniture needs to be able to withstand regular and vigorous cleaning, does not restrict the users movement, readily available for your residents to use, and supports their individual needs. These requirements are inherently built into the design of contract furniture.
2. Built to be durable and withstand daily use and frequent cleaning.
One of the main advantages of contract furniture is its durability. Care homes are high-traffic environments, and the furniture must be able to withstand daily use and frequent cleaning, while still retaining its appearance and functionality. Contract furniture is designed to meet these demands, with sturdy construction, high-quality materials, and easy-to-clean surfaces, reducing the need for frequent replacements and maintenance.
3. Designed to support the specific needs of your residents.
In addition to its durability, contract furniture is also designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of care home residents. Many pieces of contract furniture are adjustable, allowing residents to use them in a variety of positions, increasing their comfort and independence. Contract furniture is also designed to be accessible, with features such as non-slip surfaces and easy-to-reach controls, helping to reduce the risk of accidents or falls.
4. A cost-effective solution
Another important advantage of contract furniture is its cost-effectiveness. Investing in high-quality contract furniture can help care homes save money in the long run, as the furniture is designed to last for many years and can withstand daily use, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
In conclusion, contract furniture is an essential aspect of interior design for care homes in the UK, providing a stylish, functional, and cost-effective solution for furnishing these commercial premises. With its durability, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness, contract furniture is an ideal choice for care homes, helping to create a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment for residents and visitor.
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