Can I create a Sensory Space in a room with lots of windows?
Windows are great features for sensory spaces. They help users connect their senses to nature and can act as a natural ventilation system.
Unfortunately, sunlight can weaken the sensory benefits of visual effects like projectors or fibre optics. But this problem is easily fixable.
Blackout blinds and curtains are particularly useful for covering windows, instantly creating dark spaces that are perfect for enjoying illuminating visual effects.
My sensory area only has one electrical socket, is this a problem?
Although the number of available sockets will determine what equipment you can have in your space, it won’t stop you from creating a brilliant multi-sensory environment. Our Sensory Voyager only needs one socket to create an immersive stimulating space!
Each piece of sensory equipment generally needs one socket to power it, so if you’d like to create a richer sensory environment more sockets might be required. Our trusted electrical contractor can help you by safely increasing the electrical capacity of your space, or if you’d prefer to use your own local electrician, we can liaise and guide them through the project.
We need Multi-Sensory Equipment in more than one area, but have a tight budget…
We know that sensory budgets come in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve created the Rhino Sensory Voyager – a unique portable sensory solution. Wheel it from room to room, and create immersive sensory environments wherever you go!
If you’d like to experience the Sensory Voyager for yourself then make sure you get in touch with a member of our sensory team, who’ll be happy to arrange an on-site demonstration for you.
I don’t have a spare room to create a Sensory Room, what can I do?
You don’t need a full room to create a stimulating sensory environment. Dedicating a corner of a large room or using curtains to divide up a space, are great ways to creatively make a personal multisensory environment.
Alternatively, you could use a Sensory Voyager, which can be wheeled from room to room, creating immersive sensory environments wherever it goes.
What colours should my Sensory Room be?
There is no right or wrong answer! But we’d recommend using softer colours, to create an environment that’s perfect for relaxation and unwinding.
If you’d like to heighten the visual stimulation of a room, we’d recommend using a single dark colour. It will act as a great base for light effects and heightening the experience of fibre optics and bubble tubes. Dark colours are also great for floors as they’re less likely to show any marks!
On the other hand, lighter colours are great for brightening up a space, and they also act as a great base for projection effects.
Using a variety of contrasting colours is a good idea if your room is going to be used by people with visual impairments, as it will help them gather a better understanding of their whereabouts in the room.
Some colours might look pretty, but they might not be the best colours to create an immersive multisensory space.
How do you make a Sensory Room Dementia Friendly?
Firstly, make sure you furnish the room with age-appropriate sensory equipment, and use softly contrasting colours to decorate the walls and floors.
Bring together a mix of technical sensory equipment and everyday objects, to create a relaxingly familiar environment that isn’t too alien for them. Accessible, comfy seating is also a must!
If you’d like to find out more, then why don’t you take a read of our blog talking you through dementia friendly multisensory environments and their brilliant therapeutic benefits.
Do I need standard ceiling lights in our Sensory Room?
Yes. Standard lighting is still needed to move children and adults safely in and out of the room, for cleaning purposes, and when preparing sensory sessions.
Many children and adults alike, do not like being led into a dark or unusually lit room without any supporting visual or auditory clues. We’d recommend using standard or dimmable lighting when entering a sensory room and before starting your sensory session.
Can I only use UV light for a limited amount of time?
Ultraviolet Black light is used extensively in multisensory environments to create brilliantly glowing stimulating visual experiences (UV light can make white or fluorescent items glow 20 times brighter than they would in normal sunlight!).
UV lamps are not hazardous, and the strength of the radiation it emits weakens the further you get from it. If you stand at a 4ft distance from the illuminated lamp for two hours, you’d receive the same amount of radiation as you would if you stood outside under the summer sun for 48 seconds!
Can I install the Sensory Equipment myself?
All the sensory equipment that we sell on our website can be self-installed, and each item comes complete with its own set of assembly instructions.
Our sensory team are always available to provide any assembly advice that you might need, and are only ever a phone call away!