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Facility-Specific Considerations

Facility-Specific Considerations

Classroom
School Hall

Carpet in Schools

School design has a strong impact on student learning and teacher satisfaction. Carpet contributes to good design by creating a welcoming, friendly, and warm space for students, teachers, and all school personnel.

Carpet’s benefits in schools as compared to hard flooring options include:

  • Improved safety: Carpet’s traction helps prevent slips and falls. When falls do happen, chances of injury are greatly reduced on soft flooring.
  • Increased comfort: For teachers and staff who stand throughout the day, a cushioned walking and standing surface reduces leg fatigue. Plus, carpet provides a non-glare surface that reduces reflection and eyestrain.
  • Better insulation: Carpet’s warmth allows teachers to extend the learning area to space on the floor, especially with younger children. Thermal comfort exists because carpet retains inside ambient temperatures longer than does hard flooring.
  • Costs less over time: Carpet that is properly selected, installed, and maintained lasts up to 10 years or longer. When schools consider product, installation and maintenance supplies, and labor costs over a 15- to 20-year period, carpet delivers lower life-cycle costs than other floor coverings.
    Learn more: A Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Floor Coverings in School Facilities
  • Reduced noise: Based on a study by the American Society of Interior Designers, carpet is 10 times more efficient in reducing noise compared with other flooring options. Additionally, school rooms that use carpet require less acoustic protection on the ceiling and elsewhere in the interior space. This quieter environment provides a better learning atmosphere with fewer distractions.
  • Improved indoor air quality (IAQ): Carpet improves IAQ by capturing allergens in its fibers, thus preventing them from circulating back into the air. Regular vacumming removes the allergens. Additionally, carpet produces lower chemical emissions than most indoor furnishings.
School Hall

Carpet in Schools

School design has a strong impact on student learning and teacher satisfaction. Carpet contributes to good design by creating a welcoming, friendly, and warm space for students, teachers, and all school personnel.

Carpet’s benefits in schools as compared to hard flooring options include:

  • Improved safety: Carpet’s traction helps prevent slips and falls. When falls do happen, chances of injury are greatly reduced on soft flooring.
  • Increased comfort: For teachers and staff who stand throughout the day, a cushioned walking and standing surface reduces leg fatigue. Plus, carpet provides a non-glare surface that reduces reflection and eyestrain.
  • Better insulation: Carpet’s warmth allows teachers to extend the learning area to space on the floor, especially with younger children. Thermal comfort exists because carpet retains inside ambient temperatures longer than does hard flooring.
  • Costs less over time: Carpet that is properly selected, installed, and maintained lasts up to 10 years or longer. When schools consider product, installation and maintenance supplies, and labor costs over a 15- to 20-year period, carpet delivers lower life-cycle costs than other floor coverings.
    Learn more: A Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Floor Coverings in School Facilities
  • Reduced noise: Based on a study by the American Society of Interior Designers, carpet is 10 times more efficient in reducing noise compared with other flooring options. Additionally, school rooms that use carpet require less acoustic protection on the ceiling and elsewhere in the interior space. This quieter environment provides a better learning atmosphere with fewer distractions.
  • Improved indoor air quality (IAQ): Carpet improves IAQ by capturing allergens in its fibers, thus preventing them from circulating back into the air. Regular vacumming removes the allergens. Additionally, carpet produces lower chemical emissions than most indoor furnishings.

Healthcare and Eldercare Facilities

Carpet is extremely popular in all common public areas of healthcare facilities. It is also being used more often in patient rooms, wards, and nurseries, where it lends a feeling of warmth and comfort. Carpet is not recommended for use in areas where there may be excessive or frequent spills, such as in emergency and trauma areas, operating rooms, surgical recovery rooms, and labs.
Patient in Wheelchair

Selecting the Right Carpet

Color selection: Carpet offers a diverse array of color options that provide a variety of stimulating or soothing effects. Interestingly, color can play a significant role in facilities or units that care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, patients seem to remember colors better than numbers; therefore, color in carpet can provide a link to a specific hall or wing. In areas with visually impaired patients, brighter colors aid in depth perception and differentiation of areas.