Sensory spaces

Used for multi-sensory work, sensory rooms are often entirely white or black and use a range of equipment to create different light and sound stimuli. Equipment such as mirrors, mirror balls, bubble tubes, fibre optics and interactive switch equipment may be used. Designers should ensure that sensory rooms have the following:

  • Clear area inside the door for the removal of shoes and outdoor clothing
  • Enough clear space for the safe transfer (by mobile or overhead lift) of children from wheelchairs to the main cushioned area
  • Preferred minimum ceiling height of 2.4 m for the construction of ceiling lifts
  • Appropriately covered, plastic cushioned walls to half or full height
  • Wall construction to support relevant equipment
  • Appropriate slip-resistant floor covering such as soft carpet
  • Safe and durable furnishings and equipment which are easily maintained in appropriate colours
  • No sharp edges that could harm children
  • Blind and black-out facilities, dimmer switches to adjust light levels
  • Enough power and data supplies for electrical equipment positioned at a high level
  • Materials that can be regularly cleaned

The Hill-Rom Construction Portal brings you supporting tools to design your specific area according to local spatial requirements and regulations. Click on one of the options below for further information.

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