Choosing a carpet to suit your facility
Choosing carpet for a particular facility has some obvious benefits, as well as others you may not have considered. Improved safety, comfort and insulation are all positive factors, while noise reduction is important for many environments. But a major consideration is also how colour and design can be used to really give a particular feeling and quality for the space to suit how it is to be used.
Schools have long been using carpet to achieve a wide range of benefits for students and teachers alike. It is acknowledged that the design of schools and classrooms can have a positive effect on student learning with the comfortable and affirmative environment they provide. The choice of carpet design and colour certainly contributes to an effective overall design by making the space feel more welcoming and less institutional – a space for students to thrive.
The use of carpet also provides better insulation and is an obvious choice for classrooms of younger children who spend time learning and playing on the floor. It reduces noise, which is a bonus when faced with a class of spirited kids who will benefit from a quieter environment with fewer distractions.
The traction that carpet provides helps to prevent slips and falls, while reducing the chance of injury if they do happen. And it provides a comfortable surface for teachers, so there is less leg fatigue with the long periods of standing required. Carpet can even improve the indoor air quality, as it is able to capture allergens in its fibres, which are then easily removed with proper vacuuming.
Healthcare and Aged Care
While long being used in waiting rooms and reception areas, carpet is now more frequently chosen for patient rooms and nurseries, as it provides a warmer and more comfortable environment. Various carpet constructions, fibres and dyeing methods can be chosen for their appropriateness for different areas. Nylon is certainly the most common fibre, as it offers durability and is easy to clean. Antimicrobal treatments can be used on carpet to reduce the spread of microorganisms, while for highly sensitive electronic areas, carpets can be chosen to meet criteria for their static electricity tolerance.
Again, it is the colour and design of the carpet that can enhance the ambiance of the environment. Different colour ranges may be used for a more stimulating or calming effect appropriate for the area. For facilities with visually impaired patients, brighter colours help with depth perception and distinguishing different areas they need to use. Another interesting area is the use of colour in facilities for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. These patients seem to remember colours better than numbers, so they can benefit from the colour-coding of different wings or areas.