How To Install A Perfect Sensory Bedroom For Autism


Bedrooms are safe havens for sleep, comfort and relaxation. But did you know that 80% of children with autism struggle to get a restful night’s sleep, leading them to feel tired, irritable, and vulnerable to sensory overloads?

According to the National Autistic Society, one reason why autistic people struggle to sleep is ‘sensory differences’ – e.g. increased sensitivity to light and sounds. Because of this, we believe it’s really important to design bedrooms around your child’s sensory preferences.

Keep reading to find out how you can create the perfect sensory bedroom for autism.


Mapping out a bedroom

Mapping Out Your Bedroom

Nowadays, bedrooms aren’t only used for sleeping. They also double as playrooms, study rooms and social spaces. And while it’s great to have a multi-functional space, it can quickly become a chaotic jumble of stimuli.

To combat this, we recommend that you map out your bedroom. It’s a simple and effective way of organizing chaotic bedroom stimuli to create a balanced sensory space. See our top room-mapping recommendations below:

  • Sleep: Keep your bed away from doors (noise) and windows (light), and so one side of the bed runs along a wall (for positioning)
  • Study: If you have a desk, place it under or next to a window to make the most of the daylight (visual stimulation).
  • Play: Make sure toys can be easily tidied away into storage containers. It’s even better if the containers are transparent so you can see what’s inside them.


Calming blue bedroom wall


We’ve spoken before about which colours are best for a sensory room. And our advice isn’t too different when you’re decorating a sensory bedroom for autism.

Neutral, cool colours are best for walls. Greens, blues, and purples are all calming shades that provide just enough stimulation to regulate visual senses. Beiges, greys and darker creams can also create calming atmospheres.

However, you should avoid bright colours (reds, yellows, whites) and patterned wallpapers as they are highly stimulating. They’re more likely to alert your senses, which is the last thing you want to do before winding down for bed.


Rhino UK Wall Padding in a selection of calming colours

What about Wall Padding?

Wall padding is a practical way to make your bedroom soft, safe and accessible for those with a higher scope of need.

Our wall padding is tailor-made by our in-house upholstery team and comes in a range of calming colours that look great on sensory bedroom walls.

Our most popular bedroom padding colour is ice blue, but we’re also big fans of lavender, cream and sand. Discover more about our padding colours in our handy colour guide.


Sensory projector shining stars on a bedroom ceiling


Lighting is an effective way of instantly transforming your bedroom into a relaxing sensory paradise. The soft glow from sensory lights is distracting but not overstimulating, making it a simple tonic for bedtime meltdowns and scary monsters who lurk under the bed.

Simple sensory lighting solutions include:

  • Install LED Wall Wash strips across the tops of bedroom walls to bathe them in a calming sensory glow.
  • Add Fibre Optic Carpet to a wall or a Fibre Optic Curtain around your bed so that you can enjoy their twinkling, starry night effect.
  • Shine a Sensory Projector onto the wall beside your bed to create a slow-moving, distracting dreamscape.

It’s also essential to protect your bedroom against any external light. As a source of light that you can’t control, external lights, like the sun or a streetlamp, can cause unwanted simulation and make it harder to get to sleep.

We’d recommend investing in a blackout blind or blackout curtains so that you can control the room’s brightness.


Children exploring their senses inside a sensory den

Sensory Dens

Sensory dens are a simple solution for calming senses and avoiding meltdowns. They provide a personal and controlled environment away from outside stimuli to self-regulate senses and emotions.

Whether it’s a pop-up space or a corner of the room, we think sensory dens are an important element for sensory bedrooms for autism because of the sense of self-confidence they can build in individuals.

Another thing we love about sensory dens is how easy they are to make (see our blog here). We recommend these four items when you’re creating a sensory den:

  • Cosy Cushions: You want your den to be as comfortable and comforting as possible. Cushions are nice to sit on, lie on, and cuddle with.
  • Ear Defenders: They’re super effective at blocking out noise, which can be one of the most over-simulated senses.
  • Fidget Toys: Simple and effective anxiety relievers, perfect for distraction and calming.
  • Soft Lighting Effects: Soft mood lighting can transform dark dens into immersive calming zones. Whether that’s from the distracting twinkle from fibre optics or a calming view from a sensory projector.

We hope that you find the information in this blog helpful. If you’d like more information about our sensory services or our sensory bedroom designs, book an appointment with our sensory team. They can help you plan your room, suggest products suited to your needs and budget, and offer expert sensory advice.


Further Information

Spring Sensory Activity Pack


Get ready to explore a world of sensory play with our specially curated spring sensory activity pack that’s bursting with creativity and fun!

From vibrant arts and crafts projects to sensory activities and hands-on experiments, this eggstra-special pack is designed to bring a touch of magic to your springtime adventures. Let your creativity bloom. Get ready to dive in and let the springtime fun begin!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Springtime Snap
  • Garden Carrot Cake Recipe
  • Mirror Madness
  • Crafty Sheep Crafts
  • Maze Challenges
  • Chocolate Dough Slime
  • The Bug Hub
  • Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Head to our Activity Pack page to download your copy of the Spring Activity Pack.


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How To Make A Sensory Room On A Budget


How To Make A Sensory Room On A Budget

Sensory rooms are developmental spaces that provide a calming and controlled environment for people to therapeutically regulate their senses and emotions. They’re typically used by people with autism and special needs, although their calming and relaxing nature makes them helpful for everyone!

Multisensory rooms are a valuable resource for schools, homes or social centres, but they’re often seen as a luxury due to their high price tags. Well, our sensory experts are here to tell you otherwise!

This blog will help you to build a sensory room on a budget. We’ll share our favourite budget-friendly resources alongside lots of creative and charitable ways of turning your sensory room dreams into a reality.


Calming sensory room with interactive wall panels

Why Are Sensory Rooms So Expensive?

Sensory room resources usually have a high price point because of the high-quality materials used to make them. Our sensory experts make sure that we only source the best products that create the best sensory effects, last a long time, and are, most importantly, safe.

Buying more expensive products usually means they’ll last a long time, too, reducing your need to repair or replace them, which might save you money in the long run.

For more information about the quality of our sensory products, get in touch with a member of our friendly sensory team.


Sensory Room with Tactile Wall Panels

Building A Budget Sensory Room

The best way to create a sensory room on a budget, without losing any of its magic, is to go back to the fundamentals of what a sensory room is. We need to make a space that caters to three key senses: touch, sight, and sound.

Touch: You want something soft to sit on and something to interest your tactile senses.

Sight: Sensory works best in darker environments (blackout curtains & blinds are really useful!), so you’ll want to add some colourful resources that glow, stimulating visual senses.

Sound: It’s best to make sure your sensory space is located somewhere quiet, where it won’t affected by outside noises. Although the space inside doesn’t have to be quiet, we’d recommend adding a sensory soundtrack to create a personal ambience.


Inside a pop up sensory den

Choosing The Right Space

You don’t need a big empty room to create a new sensory space. Sometimes, the smallest spaces can have the biggest sensory effect (have you seen our pop-up dark dens?).

So, whether it’s a spare room, storage closet or corner – all you really need is a partition curtain and some cosy cushions to get started.

(Don’t have a spare corner to spare? Have you considered a sensory box?)


Sensory projector and bubble wall

What Should I Put In My Budget Sensory Room?

You should always design a sensory room around the person who’s going to be using it. Consider their sensory needs and preferences. If they’re sensory seeking, you’ll want to make a space that’s highly stimulating – filled with lights, sounds and tactile resources. But if they’re sensory avoidant, they’ll need a minimally stimulating space.

What Our Sensory Specialists Recommend

To complement the three key senses, our sensory specialists would recommend four key features for your budget sensory room.

  • A Bubble Tube: Bubble Tubes are a sensory room staple for a reason. Not only do they brighten up a room, but their endlessly dynamic dancing bubbles are distracting, calming and ideal for softly developing visual senses.
  • A Sensory Projector: Sensory projectors magically create bright worlds along walls and ceilings, decorating them in colourfully relaxing light. There are lots of sensory projectors to choose from; some create rainbows, others create constellations – we’re sure you’ll be able to find the right one for you.
    • Our Opti Aura Projector is our best-quality budget projector for larger environments. But the Laser Stars and Ocean Wave projectors are just as good at lighting up sensory spaces in a magically immersive glow.
  • Fibre Optics: With a tactile twinkle and a gorgeous glow, Fibre Optics are a magical multisensory resource. With long tactile ‘tails’ and interactive colour options, Fibre Optics offer users an intimately personal sensory session where they can develop tactile and visual senses.
    • Check out our budget-friendly Essential Fibre Optics. They come complete with their own light source and colour controller so that you can play straight away.
  • Safety Padding: Safety padding is an important sensory room resource. Not only does padding help to make a space safe, but it also adds a cosy layer that’s soft to sit on or lean against. Having soft, stable layers in your sensory room can help users develop proprioceptive skills as they comfortably position themselves.
    • We make most of our bespoke padding in-house – perfectly made to measure to fit your space. However, our Colourful Pencil Padding Set is a quick, easy-to-install, budget-friendly alternative.


Girl plays with a Bubble Tube

Our Budget Sensory Range

We know that everyone might not have the budget or space for a big sensory room. So, we’ve assembled a collection of our favourite budget-friendly sensory products so you can create an immersive sensory space with any budget.

Our discount sensory collection includes Bubble Tubes, Fibre Optics, and everything else you’ll need to create an interactive sensory room.

Products in our budget sensory collection are not the same quality as our main sensory collection, which is why we’re able to set lower prices. For more information, get in touch.


Further Information

If you have a question or a query, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly sensory team – they’ll be more than happy to help 😊

Halloween Sensory Activity Pack 2023


If you’re after some spooktacular autumn activities to thrill your little monster’s senses, dive into our free Halloween Sensory Activity Pack! Specially assembled by our sensory team, the pack is designed to keep little hands busy whilst nurturing and developing senses and letting their creativity run wild!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Autumn Scavenger Hunt
  • Spider Biscuits Recipe
  • Maze Challenge
  • Pumpkin Slime Recipe
  • Pet Party Counting Activity
  • Bubbling Brew Science Experiment
  • Spooky Dot to Dots
  • Leaf Crown Crafts
  • Halloween Cat Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack


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Winter Sensory Activity Pack 2022

Tis the time for the most sensory of seasons…

Can you hear the festive jingle bells? Feel the warmth of a crackling of a fire? Smell the pine and peppermint in the air? And taste the sweetness of a hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows?

As an early Christmas treat, our sensory team have put together a free sensory activity pack for you to get stuck into! It’s free to download and filled with exciting activities designed to stimulate your senses – whether that’s making sweet-smelling strawberry marshmallow slimecarefully connecting and colouring Christmas dot-to-dotsor creating snowball surprise soap.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Winter Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

Winter Sensory Activity Pack

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Week 2022

It’s November – which means it’s time to celebrate Occupational Therapy Week!

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists created OT Week to bring awareness to OTs and all of the fantastic work they do. This year it runs from the 7th to the 13th of November.

It may only officially be a week, but we’re planning on celebrating the magic, wonder and support OTs provide for a whole month.

Girl on Platform Swing

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a holistic, science-based type of physical and mental therapy that aims to help people live their best lives.

Through strengthening, balancing, calming, talking, learning, moving and thinking, occupational therapists give clients confidence in themselves and their bodies – boosting wellbeing and helping them on their path to independence.

Boy on Platform Swing

What is Occupational Therapy Week?

Occupational Therapy Week was created by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to bring awareness to occupational therapists and all of the amazing work they do.

It’s an important time to celebrate, too, as the current political, social and economic climate has created an increased need for occupational therapy services.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an:

  • 85% increase in the number of people seeking children’s services
  • 82% increase in demand for OT lead rehabilitation services
  • 55% of children and young people do not meet the recommended targets for physical activity
  • 7 million people in the UK are chronically lonely, 1 million more than pre-pandemic.

To try and turn the tide on these depressing figures, this year’s OT Week Celebrations are about ‘Lifting Up Your Everyday’ – and how little things can make huge differences to your health and wellbeing in the long term.

Sensory Integration Room

Rhino UK & Occupational Therapy

We’re proud to work alongside Occupational Therapists to help them deliver top-quality therapeutic services.

Whether we’re supplying portable resources for on-the-road therapists, designing and building state-of-the-art Sensory Integration Rooms for practical OT sessions, or advising therapists about which occupational therapy resources would best support their clients’ therapeutic needs.

We know that actions speak louder than words, so check out our video case study at More Rehab.


More Rehab is an occupational therapy centre that supports the south Yorkshire area with therapy, rehabilitation and physiotherapy services. We collaborated with their OTs to create an inclusive sensory integration space to be used by clients of all ages to develop their motor, balance and confidence skills.

Find out more:

Halloween Sensory Activity Pack


It’s officially spooky season!

To help you get into the spirit, our Sensory Team has put together a wickedly awesome Halloween activity pack for you to get stuck into. It’s free to download and filled with ghoulish games, spooky recipes, creepy crafts, slimy science, scary snacks, monsterous colouring pages, and even more frighteningly fun activities designed to stimulate and develop your senses.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.


Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

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A Guide To Sensory Swings

Is there anything better than swinging in the sunny summer sunshine? Legs swinging, hair blowing in the wind, with a big smile on your face as you woosh forwards and backwards.

Swinging is a great way for us to have fun, get active, and develop our senses. Introducing a swing into your sensory garden, room, or home is a great way to actively develop motor, vestibular and proprioceptive senses that will help you feel more comfortable and confident in your body.

There are lots of different types of swings and swing frames on the market, and it can be a little bit difficult to know where to start. To help you out, our Sensory Experts have put together this handy guide to help you learn more about swings, their benefits and which one might be best for you and your sensory environment. Keep scrolling to find out more 😊

Benefits of Sensory Swings

  • Vestibular Input: The therapeutic motion of swings helps to stimulate and develop our vestibular systems – which help our balance!
    • The simple swinging motion is a passive way of developing vestibular skills. Because of this, swinging is particularly beneficial for people with physical disabilities, as they wouldn’t usually be able to create or experience vestibular stimulation.
  • Therapeutic Relaxation: Calming swinging back and forth can help your body relax.
    • It’s a pleasant way of calming down, relaxing, and feeling more connected to our senses and bodies.
  • Spending Time in Nature: Most of our swings can be used outside so that you can swing and connect with nature.
    • It’s a great excuse to get some fresh air and swing in the sun. Perfect for sunny summer days.
  • Sensory Integration: Swings are an important part of sensory integration rooms as they help you to connect your senses and feel more like one in your body.
    • Swings can be used alongside other sensory resources to develop skills in Sensory Integration rooms.
      • Lay down on a platform swing and try to grab objects from underneath you.
      • Coordinate your movements to catch a ball whilst swinging.
      • Try to throw a ball at a target whilst swinging.
  • Sensory Exercise: Some of our more active swings are great for helping you achieve a fun dose of daily exercise.
      • Moving your legs and bodies in sync to get the swing moving, and tensing your core muscles to stay firmly on the swing seat, is a simple and effective way of getting active.

Girl on Platform Swing


The Key Skills You Develop While Swinging

  • ProprioceptiveFeeling comfortable and in control of how your body moves.
  • VestibularSense of balance, movement and position.
  • Gross MotorDevelopment of larger muscle systems that help your body move.
  • Spatial AwarenessKnowing where your body is in space in relation to other people and objects.
  • Sensory IntegrationHow your body processes, integrates and organises information from your senses.

Boy on Platform Swing


Which Swing is Best for Me?

Swings come in all shapes and sizes – alongside traditional swing seats, you can also swing on platforms, nets and in cosy cocoons.

Each swing type brings its own benefits; some are better suited for certain sensory preferences, disabilities, or spaces.

Our sensory experts have come together to discuss their swing recommendations so that you can find the best one for you!

The sensory swing.


Swing Seats

The Best Swing for Your Sensory Garden

  • Belizze Hanging Chair: Our colourful Belizze Chair is perfect for sunny summer days and relaxing sensory swinging. It has a cosy cushioned support that provides comforting proprioceptive feedback, helping users to feel comfortable and confident while they sit and swing.

Best Swing for Sensory Rooms

  • Sling Swing: Part sensory den, part weighted blanket, part swing – the soft and stretchy Sling Swing moulds around your body, creating a calming hug-like effect and a personal space for you to explore your senses. Climb inside to read a book, have a quick nap, or go for a relaxing swing session; it’s a useful resource for bedrooms or calming rooms.

The Best Swing for Sensory Integration Rooms

  • Swing Platform: Their simplicity and adaptability made our Swing Platforms perfect for Sensory Integration Rooms. The large platform gives users a stable place to sit, lie down or stand on top – from which they can develop vestibular, proprioceptive and motor skills.
    • See the swing platform in action in our case study video at More Rehab.

Rhino UK Sensory Swing Guide

Best Swings for Adults

  • Swinger: Sit back and unwind in our cosy Swinger. Its adjustable neck pillow, footrest and armrests provide comforting proprioceptive stimulation. The swing’s shape and design are made for adults who’d like to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of swinging.

The Best Swings for Kids

  • Taco Swing: The Taco Swing is great for kids. Its strong and stretchy material lets them explore their senses whilst they let their imagination run wild. Kids can actively jump up and down and use the swing as a trampoline; lie down and let the material wrap around them, creating a calming proprioceptive pressure, before they swing back and forth like they’re flying; or they can simply stand and put their core motor skills to the test to swing the swing.

Best Swing Seats

  • Full Support Seat: If you’re looking for a classic swing seat, then we’d recommend our Full Support Seats. They come in three sizes and are made for people of all ages to enjoy safe sensory swinging. The seat has a harness vest attached to it to provide support for people with disabilities so they feel safe and secure whilst swinging.
    • We’d recommend our Full Support Swing Seats for sensory integration rooms and sensory gardens, as you need a nice open space to swing safely.

Rhino UK Sensory Swing Blog


Swing Frames

Swing Frames for Sensory Gardens

  • Single Swing Frame: The single swing frame is an easy-to-install versatile swing. It’s just the right size for most back gardens and has a weight limit of 200kg, so it can safely swing adults and children.
    • The swing frame is compatible with most of our swing seat range so that you can always swing in style.

Best Swing Frames for Sensory Rooms

  • C Frame: The C Frame comes as an all-in-one ready-to-use swing frame, complete with a triple-point suspension bracket and safety mats – all you need is to choose which swing you’d like to swing from.
    • Its curved shape means it can easily fit into the corners of rooms, taking up less space and giving you more room to explore your senses.
    • The triple suspension point gives you full swinging freedom. Swing back and forth, side to side, or round and round – developing your vestibular senses!
    • The frame is protected and padded with safety foam so that it’s safe for sensory play environments.

 Swing Frames for Sensory Integration Rooms

  • Custom Free Standing Beam Frame: For its strength, number of suspension points, and adaptability, we’d recommend our bespoke free-standing beam frames for Sensory Integration spaces.
    • You can comfortably hang almost all of our sensory swings from the beams, using the different suspension points to create unique ways of swinging.
    • The legs of the frame keep to the walls of the room, giving you lots of space underneath the frame for sensory integration activities.
    • It’s ideal for rooms with walls and ceilings that aren’t suitable for suspension.
    • Each beam is made to measure and designed so that you can make the most of your sensory space.

Rhino UK Guide to Sensory Swing Frames


More Information

  • Get in touch: Find out more about our swings and receive personal advice from our sensory team.
  • Explore the full collection: Our swings collection is filled with even more swings, frames and resources designed to stimulate and develop your vestibular senses.

Easter Sensory Activity Pack

Easter is almost here!

To celebrate our Sensory Team has put together an egg-citing Easter activity pack for you to get stuck into. It’s free to download and filled with sensory recipes, arty crafts, slimy science, colouring pages, and lots of egg-tastic activities designed to stimulate and develop your senses.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Easter Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

Easter Sensory Activity Pack


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Winter Sensory Activity Pack

Christmas is on its way!

To celebrate the occasion, our Sensory Elves have been busy putting together a wonderfully wintery activity pack – designed to stimulate your senses, develop key skills and inspire lots of festive fun!

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Winter Sensory Activity Pack

Winter Sensory Activity Pack Contents:

  • Winter Bingo: Grab your sensory bingo card and use it as a guide to explore your senses this winter. Who will be the first to get a line or a full house?
    • Skills: Sound, Taste, Visual, Tactile, Sensory Exercise, Creative.
  • Sensory Baking – Apple Pie Cookies: This warm recipe is great weekend activity. Explore your senses in the kitchen and bake a tray of tasty treats.
    • Skills: Tactile, Taste, Smell.
  • Elvin’ About: Count the colourful Christmas elves in this festive counting activity.
    • Skills: Visual, Counting.
  • Gingerbread Slime: This recipe is excellent for stimulating your sense of smell, developing your fine motor skills and having lots of slimy fidgety tactile fun!
    • Skills: Tactile, Smell, Fidgeting.
  • Winter Senses: Think about your five senses in the winter, and which sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures are your favourites (e.g. building a snowman and the feel of the cold snow on your hands).
    • Skills: Sensory Thought, Introspection, Preferences.
  • Christmas Tree Hand Arts: It’s time to get a little bit messy so that we can make a Christmassy piece of art! Explore your tactile senses and develop your fine motor skills as you create your own handprint tree.
    • Skills: Tactile, Fine Motor, Creative, Visual.
  • Christmas Glitter Jars: This easy to make DIY fidget is perfect for visual stimulation and can also be gifted as a handmade sensory Christmas present.
    • Skills: Visual, Distracting, Stimming.
  • Colour Me In: It’s design time! We’re challenging you to design your own Christmas jumper. Use your art and fine motor skills to create a jumper that you’d love to wear.
    • Skills: Fine Motor, Creative, Visual.
  • Mindful Colouring: Focusing on the colours and keeping between the lines is a simple therapeutic activity that can calm and relax your mind. Why don’t you give it a try yourself with our mindful Christmas colouring page?
    • Skills: Calming, Visual, Fine Motor.

Two children playing in the snow.

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