At COVRD, we understand the importance of well designed health and aged care environments to support wellbeing and improve health outcomes.
Our high performance textile and flooring options are designed to play a key role in creating a comfortable and healing environment through uplifting colours and textures, while also being functional and durable. Many are proven to withstand the rigours of health and aged care environments — meeting stringent infection control requirements and achieving environmental certifications.
We would recommend browsing our range of stain resistant and easy to clean textiles and vinyls, low VOC resilient flooring, and non-toxic, non-irritant and non-allergenic acoustic treatments below when designing for these spaces.
We believe in taking a human-centred approach and would love to work with you to create an uplifting and comfortable space that encourages the wellbeing of those that live and work within.
Shaw Contract combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and recycler with local knowledge to offer commercial carpet tile, broadloom and resilient floor coverings ideal for designing healthy, easy to maintain, and great looking care environments.
Designed to be safe and sustainable, Shaw’s EcoWorx carpet tile backing offers significant environmental advantages, by using 40% less energy to produce and weighing 40% less than traditional carpet tile — making it more efficient to transport and easier to install. EcoWorx has 8x greater tear strength, 5x greater tensile strength, and 2x greater delamination strength compared to PVC backing. It also has an impervious barrier, which when used with LokDots adhesive and one coat of Mapei 1K turbo sealer it allows for:
Shaw Contract has a huge range of LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) to choose from, mimicking real stone and timber. They are extremely versatile and warm underfoot, as well as being durable and waterproof.
They also offer an extensive vinyl sheet range, including both homogeneous and heterogeneous vinyl sheet flooring. Homogenous sheets are made of a single vinyl layer that offers vibrancy and depth of color, while being stain resistance and durable enough to use in high traffic areas. Heterogeneous sheets are a multi-layer vinyl with a printed top layer providing endless design possibilities, lasting performance and low maintenance cost. The large collection features a range of patterns and colourways to suit any project.
Shaw Contract’s versatile and extensive range of broadloom carpet means more freedom of design. Broadloom would be a suitable choice for Aged Care facilities, in reception areas, activity zones and certain patient rooms.
Instyle’s huge range of upholstery vinyls are waterproof, easy to clean and bleach resistant — they can be easily cleaned with mild soap and water, or disinfected with bleach for a more thorough clean. The woven fabric backing provides additional stability for increased durability and longevity in high traffic areas, such as hospital waiting rooms and foyers.
Instyle’s Crypton or Zepel Fabrics’ FibreGuard Pro textiles are ideal for healthcare settings and can be used for loose and built in seating applications. Performance wise, the laminated or woven in moisture barrier and anti-microbial finish ensures permanent protection against stains, fungus, bacteria and mildew. They are easy to keep hygienically clean and the fabric will retain its appearance. Cryptons and FibreGuard Pro have many environmentally friendly properties, such as being low VOC and not containing any hazardous chemicals.
There are many soft furnishings suitable for curtain, privacy screen and bedspread applications. See Curtaining above.
Instyle offers Type II wallcoverings that are durable, cleanable, and suitable for high traffic areas and some also offer antimicrobial or antibacterial properties and can be bleach cleaned.
Incorporating reusable woven curtains within a healthcare setting provides multiple benefits — it improves patient comfort, reduces costs, decreases waste and provides a more sustainable option to single-use disposable curtains.
The Instyle Health collection includes soft furnishings suitable for curtain, privacy screen and bedspread applications, which are:
Zepel Fabrics Umbra curtains in Fog
Shaw Contract Kusa carpet tile in Dragonfly
Instyle Ecoustic Timbre acoustic wall panel in Heritage
Shaw Contract Hana broadloom in Sky
Instyle Saigon wallpaper in Pewter and Breezy Blue
Zepel Fabrics Rhyme sheers in Ecru
Instyle Zone vinyl in Cruising
Shaw Contract Solitude LVT in Natural
Instyle Ecoustic Timbre acoustic wall panel in Rural
FibreGuard Pro Heston in Thyme
Sofas and occasional chairs
FibreGuard Pro Sultan in Almond
Instyle Parade vinyl in Jazz
Zepel Retreat block out in Cloud
Shaw Contract Inhabit sheet in Sesame Oak
Instyle Saigon wallpaper in Smoke Gray
Considered design choices play a key role in building or refurbishing a healthcare facility. Research has shown that a well-designed nurturing and therapeutic environment contributes greatly to how a patient and family perceive their quality of care and their overall experience… Continue reading