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Healthcare design is moving away from the cold and sterile rooms with which the industry as a whole is so often associated. Instead, the facilities are trying to find new ways to incorporate design elements that are welcoming and warm – an effort to make patients and their visiting family members and friends as comfortable as possible. It’s a trend that NBF saw firsthand in the healthcare showrooms at NeoCon in 2014, and it’s a trend that is sure to further improve healthcare facilities and shift furniture demand.

An easy way to incorporate more charm is by adding calming, yet warm colors and wood tones to the room. Solid wood furniture, however, is not always the best option for healthcare settings, due to its porous nature.

These laminate wood options, on the other hand, provide the look and warmth of wood combined with a construction that is non-porous and easy to clean/disinfect in demanding environments, like that of healthcare facilities:

32? Wide Behavioral Health Four Drawer Dresser

Specifically designed for the behavioral healthcare market, this Behavior Health Four-Drawer Dresser helps to provide safety and peace of mind for your staff and patients. Made out of high pressure laminate, this storage solution also offers patients a place to store personal items, therefore encouraging a cleanly and neat environment. To add to its already clear functionality, this patient storage also provides a warm, cheerful look that is sure to brighten any healthcare facility.

Legacy Miller Laminate Three Drawer Cabinet

This three drawer cabinet from Legacy offers an easy to clean storage option for many healthcare facilities. Designed with healthcare settings in mind, this Miller Laminate Three Drawer Cabinet can act both as a place for patients to store personal items or as a place for medical staff to store necessary items. Best of all, the laminate is available in seven different wood tones that lend a warm appearance, meaning that healthcare facilities will be able to easily incorporate this storage solution into pre-existing designs.

Timberlane Urethane Arm Two Seater

Seating is especially important in healthcare facilities, especially when it comes to waiting areas. These spaces usually see heavy foot traffic, so durability is an absolute must, not only for the sake of value, but also for the safety of any patients or visitors. This Timberlane Urethane Arm Two Seater accommodates guests of all sizes and also features a wood frame with silver ion anti-microbial treatment which inhibits the growth of bacteria and microbes. Additionally, the protective polyurethane arm caps and the anti-microbial vinyl upholstery make for easy cleaning with a damp cloth and bleached base solutions. Finally, with the multiple color options available, this seating option can help to bring a welcoming feel into any waiting room.

Café au Lait Oversized Stools and 3? Round Bar Height Table Set

Lunch rooms are also a vital part of most healthcare facilities. This Café au Lait Oversized Stools and 30” Round Bar Height Table Set features antimicrobial vinyl upholstery, steel frames, laminate backs and laminate surfaces. This makes cleaning a breeze – something that is especially necessary in a cafeteria setting, where messes are apt to happen. The many different color options are cheerful and bright, helping you create a comfortable and relaxing dining experience for patients and guests alike.

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