Archive for July, 2014

Healthcare Design and the Personal Touch

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

According to a recent article in Healthcare Design, focus in the healthcare industry has been shifting to and sharpening on something unexpected: the visitor experience. While patients have been and remain the top priority for any healthcare facility, more attention is being paid to their loving families and friends who often have to end up spending just as much time in the hospital as the patient themselves does, and who are a vital part of the patient’s treatment process. In order to make visitor centers more welcoming, the healthcare industry is putting a new emphasis on interior design.

The waiting rooms of yesterday had far too much in common with the rest of the hospital: they were spare and sterile. Now, they are becoming more unique; designers are committed to customizing and personalizing the experience as much as possible for visitors. This is leading to less traditional layouts, with different kinds of seating options (think roll-out sofas and reclining chairs) so that everyone can be comfortable, as well as special, additional features to waiting areas, such as meditation centers or reading rooms.

Another aspect of the visitor experience that healthcare centers are taking into consideration is that the family and friends of a patient have to make sacrifices in order to spend time with their loved one. To help with this, hospitals are also moving towards creating technology-friendly areas for people to work in, whether on their laptop, tablet, or even their smart phones so that they do not fall behind on their responsibilities while they are at the hospital.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture knows that in order for your business to perform at the top of the pack, you have to start with the essentials: quality furniture. Do you have questions about interior healthcare design or any office furniture innovations on the market? Call us today for more information.

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Source:

http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com

Hotel Room Interiors: Why So Important?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Hotel FurnitureWhen people stay at a hotel, most admit to having a bit of anxiety before they first open their room door. What are they about to walk into? For some travelers and vacationers, their trip begins and ends with their hotel room. Their hotel room can set the tone for their entire trip, and everyone wants to have a nice trip. Because of this, the rooms within your hotel should be decorated and include furniture that are welcoming, inviting, and comforting.

  1. Rest Up- Ultimately, a hotel room is where your guest will get their sleep. Grumpy guests are typically a result of a terrible night’s rest. Taking the time to choose comfortable beds and sleep sofas will lead to happy guests and lots of logs being sawed.
  2. Secure Feeling- Rooms that are tidy and welcoming help your guests feel safe in their surroundings. Rooms that have unkempt and tarnished furniture could cause your guests anxiety and fear during their stay.
  3. Comfort is Key- Along with the bed; you want sofas and chairs to be comfortable as well in your hotel rooms. You may think the bed is the only piece of furniture that matters, but one time sitting on a lumpy chair could ruin a guest’s experience. Comfort throughout the entire stay will secure a positive review from your guests.
  4. High Reputation- The easiest way for news to spread is through word of mouth. If a guest is impressed with the room they have recently stayed in, chances are they will brag about their stay as soon as someone gives them the chance. On the same note, if a guest was ever displeased or amused by the interior of their room, they will not hesitate to share. High quality furniture and modern design will ensure a positive and high reputation for your hotel.

Think about the direction you want to take your hotel in. Consider a theme or overall feel you want your hotel to have and stick with it, keeping the above points in mind.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install hospitality furniture. We provide interior design and layout services from start to finish. We can even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

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How to Decorate your Classroom

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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As we enter into the middle of the summer season, the thought of the classroom is sure to be creeping its way back into the minds of teachers. While their classroom design is probably the last thing on their mind, new studies are showing that the design and decorating scheme of a classroom may have a significant effect, both positive and negative, on the way students learn and how much information they retain.

 

In a recent study performed by Carnegie Mellon University, younger students retain more information in classrooms that lack decoration. When 24 kindergarten students were taught subjects in two different classrooms, one with colorful decorations and one with plainer walls, the students tested better on subjects taught in the latter classroom. This led researchers to believe that students are more likely to be off-task when there are distractions surrounding them.

 

Another study performed during the 2011-12 academic year in Blackpool, England suggests that a number of factors in the classroom can affect the learning and retention of students. The study was performed by the University of Salford School of the Built Environment and involved 751 students in 34 different classrooms. Researchers tested the classrooms on 10 different characteristics that were:

  • Texture
  • Color
  • Choice
  • Air Quality
  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Sound
  • Flexibility

 

Of the ten characteristics, six showed an effect on the students learning. Those characteristics were:

  • Light
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Choice
  • Color
  • Flexibility

 

 

Of the characteristics, at least two involved the furniture within the classroom. The ability to rearrange classroom furniture along with the ability to accommodate yet not crowd students was considered flexibility. The quality of furniture provided to the students along with the selection of ergonomic chairs and tables was categorized as choice. These characteristics are important to keep in mind as the new school year slowly approaches teachers.

 

At Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, we offer a wide variety of furniture to meet your classroom needs. We are also authorized dealers of a number of top brand names in the educational furniture industry.

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install hospitality furniture. We provide interior design and layout services from start to finish. We can even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

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Sources:

http://www.mmqb.com/tcmmqbnew/tcmmqbnew.rsc

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671627/study-shows-how-classroom-design-affects-student-learning