Welcome to Sensory Spotlight!
A series where we delve into various different equipment and elements that make up sensory environments.
This week, we’ll be exploring Floor and Wall Padding – which is one of the most essential parts of sensory spaces. Throughout our spotlight, we’ll be discussing why floor and wall padding are so important, the benefits they give to users and how they can be incorporated into various different types of sensory spaces.
What is Padding and Why is it important for Sensory Spaces?
Floor and Wall Padding are layered mats that are designed to provide protection and enhance the safety of the space for all users.
Our padding is made up of 3 layers: MDF Backboard, Foam and Reinforced Vinyl Cover.
As Sensory Spaces are an environment for users of various different needs and abilities, floor and wall padding allow them to explore, discover, challenge and experience their senses in a safe way.
How is Floor and Wall Padding made and fitted?
There are various ways to make and fit padding, however, here at Sensory Technology we take extra special care in our manufacturing process to ensure that each piece of padding created fits perfectly to the room it belongs in.
For bespoke padding, a member of our in-house design team will carry out a thorough site survey to measure the space along with checking any requirements or needs such as windows, radiators, pipe work, boxing and access to electrical services.
After this, a 3D design will be created so you can preview the finished result prior to the production starting.
Once approved and manufactured, our skilled team of engineers will return to the site to install the padding to the space. There are 3 ways of fitting methods for padding, which are:
- Screw Plate Fixings
- Velcro Attached
For more generic sizes or smaller areas such as corners, we also have an option to order directly through the website for delivery. The online orders can be fitted yourself depending on the amount ordered, or fitted by one of the team.
What are the benefits of Sensory Technology’s Floor and Wall Padding?
For the team at Sensory Technology, it’s important that we maintain high quality creations that not only fit aesthetically with a space, but provide long lasting safety and satisfaction too.
Here’s some key features that make our Floor and Wall Padding extra special.
Floor and Wall Padding within Sensory Spaces
Bespoke Floor and Wall Padding can be made to fit and measure a variety of different spaces. Let’s go through some examples of different types of sensory spaces and how floor and wall padding were incorporated.
Soft Play Area
The soft play area on the left was fitted to partially cover the floor and wall, rather than the whole room being padded.
For the soft play area on the right, the team designed and fitted the padding to cover wall elements such as pipes and the radiators to protect users from potential injuries.
Calming / De-escalation Rooms
The calming room on the left was a smaller space, which is why it was important for our surveyors to view the room in person prior to creating an in-depth plan – leaving plenty of room for users.
In comparison to the right, which was a bigger room that incorporated Sensory Equipment into / around the wall padding.
For the Multi-Sensory Room on the left, we created the floor padding with curved edges, creating a fun, unique shape.
The Multi-Sensory Room on the right had a dedicated corner of floor and wall padding, carefully built around various elements already attached to the wall.
Bedrooms / Residential Spaces
For the residential space on the right, this was solely for wall padding built around certain walls of the bedroom.
Similar to the residential space on the right, which was for partial wall coverage, constructed around the windows and light switches.
What colours are available for Floor and Wall Padding?
There are lots of different colours that you can incorporate into Floor and Wall Padding – whether you decide on solely one colour or a mixture.
Working with our design team, we can assist in finding colours that are complimentary to each other and the overall theme of the space.
Colour choice also plays an important role when choosing floor and wall padding, which we explored in depth in our Colour Therapy Blog. Because of this, at the end of 2022, we decided to revisit our padding colour palette and incorporate a brand new selection of exclusive colours.
In addition to our original primary colours, we now have 6 new pastel and neutral shades to choose from. If you’d like to view our swatches, contact us today to receive a padding and colour swatch brochure.