The waiting room of your commercial healthcare facility has to serve a wide range of patients, family members, staff members, and healthcare professionals every day. As a result, it can be tricky to design a space that meets those varied needs and provides a great first impression at the same time. Here are some of our top commercial healthcare design do’s and don’t’s to guide you throughout your design process.
DO Use Relaxing Colors
Calming and relaxing colors help to mentally relax everyone in the waiting room and reduce anxiety levels. Shades of green are calming and reminiscent of nature. Soft gray is a very popular choice for commercial healthcare design, as it is very calm and easy to incorporate into designs with other colors.
DON’T Put Chairs in Rows
Putting chairs in straight rows across the room or moving all of the waiting room chairs so that patients can see each other makes for uncomfortable and awkward moments. Keep in mind that many people are visiting your medical facility for many different reasons, and a perfectly healthy person visiting for their yearly physical might not want to sit next to someone coughing up a storm.
DO Use Natural Light
Natural light helps patients to relax and pass the time without getting impatient. Nobody wants to sit in a dim and boring waiting room for an extended amount of time, therefore, incorporate natural lighting and outdoor elements like plants where appropriate. Even better, showcasing the outdoors and using natural lighting is proven to reduce patient and family anxiety levels.
DON’T Leave Your Waiting Area Messy or Smelling Like Bleach
While a clean waiting room seems less important than a clean patient room within your commercial healthcare facility, waiting rooms are a commonplace that germs are exchanged between patients. Additionally, they provide the first impression for your facility. Clean your waiting room regularly to always put your best foot forward.
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Are you ready for a commercial healthcare design full of “do’s” and without any “don’t’s”? Edwards & Hill can help you design and install the perfect commercial healthcare design for your facility. Edwards & Hill is a leading office, education, medical, and hospitality furniture provider with quality design and installation services for any style or scale. If you are ready to get your healthcare design started, contact us online or give us a call at 301-317-4250. For more furniture design tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, and Google+.