Sensory Room Design Tips

Frequently asked Questions when planning a multi-sensory room...

Can I create a Sensory Room in a room with lots of windows?

Windows are fine in a Sensory Room as they provide good ventilation.  Any windows can be blackened out by blackout blinds and curtains if necessary to gain the best visual effects.

Some clients may also be daunted by a dark room on entry so the flexibility of natural sunlight allows the light to be used appropriately for the clients comfort when using the room.

Good ventilation will make a room more comfortable place to work in as soft padding will insulate the area making these rooms rather warm!

I only have one electrical socket?

This is still workable as additional sockets can be easily provided if necessary by your own local electricians or Rhino UK’s trusted electrical contractor.  Alternatively our Sensory Voyager can create a full sensory environment using only one socket!

The number of sockets will determine the equipment you want or can have in a room.  Each piece of sensory equipment usually requires one socket in the proposed position that appliance is in the room.

We need Multi-Sensory Equipment in more than one area, but have a tight budget…

Rhino UK have the number 1 portable sensory solution.  Our Portable Sensory Voyager is an ideal option and can be wheeled from site to site.  Call Rhino UK now for an on-site demonstration.

I don’t have a spare room to dedicate to a Sensory Room, what can I do?

Find a corner of a large room and use curtains to divide the space to create a smaller area.  Alternatively use a Sensory Trolley such as the Rhino Sensory Voyager which you can take to various rooms.

What colours should my Sensory Room be?

There is no right or wrong answer!  Choose soft colours for the overall tone of the sensory room.

Single colours may be considered advantageous as it will not detract from prominent light effects and visual stimuli the sensory equipment creates.  However, contrasts of colours is advised to give a less clinical feel and provide visually impaired persons a sense of their whereabouts including different heights in the room and surfaces.

A dark colour can give increased visual impact for many lighting equipment such as fibre optics therefore it is common that dark and light colours are used work best in a sensory room for flexibility of visual effects and colour contrasts.  It is recommended that dark colours are used on the floor as they are less likely to show marks and the lighter colours for the walls for projection.

So, the colour is up to you but needs to be appropriate for the users of the Sensory Room and not be the colours you think are pleasant!

How do you make a Sensory Room Dementia Friendly?

Ensure all sensory equipment purchased is age-appropriate.  Use colours which are age-appropriate but provide contrast.  Bring together a mix of technical sensory equipment and everyday objects to create a familiar environment rather than a space-ship room!  Ensure there is comfortable seating and the equipment is accessible with seating close.

Read our Blog on Dementia Friendly multi sensory environments and their benefits

Do I need standard ceiling lights in our Sensory Room?

Standard room lighting is still needed in a Sensory Room for moving children and adults in and out of the room, cleaning and preparing for different sessions.  Many adults and children do not like being led into a dark or strangely lighted room at the beginning of a session without visual or audio clues.  Dimmable lighting is recommended to slowly increase or decrease the intensity of the lighting to start or finish a session in a Sensory Room.

Can I only use UV light for a limited time?

Ultra Violet Black Light is used extensively in the Multi-Sensory Room and will make white or fluorescent items glow to around 20 times brighter than they would in normal sunlight.  The UV lamps which should be used look dark purple when they are switched off.  Blacklight UV lamps are not hazardous and the strength of the radiation weakens the further away from the lamps.  At a distance of 4ft from the lamp exposed for 2 hours gives a dose of radiation which is equivalent to 48 seconds of summer sunshine!

Can I install the Sensory Equipment myself?

All sensory equipment sold online can be self-installed and comes complete with assembly instructions.  Rhino UK can provide telephone advice at any time to assist in fixing your DIY sensory Room.

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