Aged Care Furniture – Custom Design
Newart are the experts in Aged Care Furniture. We have years of experience in the industry, and know there is more to aged care than picking a chair and Fabric. Newart has the expertise to design furniture suitable for aged care. We procure a diverse range of Australian Made and Imported product from our local and international manufacturers. We manage logistics to be able to supply furniture Australia Wide. Most importantly, We have boots on the ground to Project Manage the Installation to ensure quality completion. Our unique service offering makes Newart an “All in one” expert in Aged Care Furniture. For hassle free expertise from conception to completion on your next project get in touch with our team on 1300 088 886.
To demonstrate our expertise, take a look at a few points on our simplified checklist when working in aged care specific projects:
Has the selected furniture been designed for use in aged care?
Seems like such a simple question, however it is where most people go wrong! Furniture that is designed for aged care has to take into account how the majority of users are utilising the furniture.
- Chairs and Lounges need to have deeper cushions, as many users will “fall” into a chair, rather than a “gradual decent.” The seat height must also be suitable for comfort and ease of use.
- Chairs and lounges MUST have arms. Arms assist the user in getting in and out of a chair. The arms need to be sturdy, and designed for heavy use. The Height of the arms, shape of the arms, and ensuring no sharp points are all important factors to consider in aged care.
- Front or rear feet levels needs to be considered. We all love a lounge that we can sink into, and this is even more important for aged care, by sinking into a chair, when a user falls asleep, they are unlikely to fall forward and injure themselves.
- Tables must be heavy duty – and Sturdy! Plenty of user in aged care will use the table to assist in getting out of a chair at a dining table. Dining tables need to be very sturdy, and solid to ensure that they will not move when leaned upon.
- Every single product needs to be heavy duty commercially rated. This covers everything from weight rating, fabric rub tests, and durability on every single component.
2. Is the fabric selected suitable for aged care?
Sounds straight forward, however most people only get this 30% correct.
- Fabric selected needs to be extreme heavy duty waterproof fabric. – This will ensure longevity even when frequently cleaned.
- Fabric needs to be heavy duty, waterproof, and fire retardant, but not degrading towards the users. For example – Putting a Big yellow vinyl seat pad that screams “In case i get soiled”
- Newart has a huge range of heavy duty textured vinyl – It looks like fabric, feels like fabric, comes in thousands of different colours and styles, and still satisfies all the criteria.
- Is the style of material suitable? There is a very delicate science behind selecting appropriate material. It must consider conditions such as vertigo and dementia. For larger facilities, plenty of user will also navigate by “near the room with the beige floral chairs.” Colours also need to be suitable for aged care, be calming and simple, and not conflicting with carpets or wall colours.
If you want your project done right the first time, every time. Get in touch with our team on 1300 088 886.