When it comes to sensory room design and sensory integration room design, there are a few things you need to think about before beginning the design and planning of your sensory room. There can be many benefits to having a sensory room; however, to make it the most beneficial for the user you have in mind, the room needs to be created with them entirely at the heart of the design.
In addition, your budget also needs to be considered, as this determines the amount of re-design that can take place and also dictate the sensory products and toys that will be able to be featured. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have a large budget to create a sensory space, in fact, we have a guide specifically for creating a sensory room on a budget, which can be found on our blog.
How to Design a Sensory Room
Once you are clear on what will benefit the user of the room and an idea of the budget you have to create the space, all you need to do is follow these 6 steps in order to design your space:
The Location of the Sensory Space
It’s important before you start creating the sensory room that you think about the room’s physical location. Ideally, it should be a space away from where there is heavy footfall and with no windows, to prevent any distraction when the room is in use and allow for the sensory products to work effectively.
You need to consider what will be in the sensory room so you can pick a space that can accommodate the sensory products and features you are hoping to add. The sensory space doesn’t have to necessarily be large, particularly if it is for single-occupant use. However, it does need to be big enough to fit all the features you require and for users to move around in freely without feeling claustrophobic.
The colours that are involved in your sensory room, from the walls to the sensory products you have in it, can be very impactful on the user of the space. For guidance on some of the best colours to use in a sensory room, please read our dedicated guide.
Depending on the intent of your sensory room, the type of flooring you use could have a great effect on the beneficial nature of the room. For example, if the room is designed to calm and soothe, a carpeted floor may be a good idea so the user can enjoy the soft feeling beneath their feet and even sit on the carpet and feel comfortable when using sensory products. If the purpose of the room is to engage, why not add an interactive floor system?
You can use sensory lighting in a space so that you can create the desired atmosphere for your room. It’s also a great way of ensuring that the lighting in the room isn’t distracting or distressing at all for the user.
Sound insulation in any sensory space is needed in order to keep sounds from outside the room distracting the user and also so that any noise created within the space isn’t disruptive for anyone else in the same building. There are many different ways you can provide sound insulation into a room, including lining walls or using sound dampening tools.
Experia’s 3D Room Design Service
Wouldn't it be great to see what your new sensory room would look like before work has even begun? At Experia, we can help you every step of the way with a detailed room design tailored to your exact requirements.
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