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  • Introduction to urinals
    Urinals can be supplied as individual wall-mounted bowls installed along a common supply pipe and drain, or as troughs forming an entire wall. They are found in public toilet facilities, restaurants, transport terminals, hospitals, service stations, bars and pubs. Commonly made from ceramics, polycarbonate or stainless steel, urinals can be...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to bathroom suites
    Suites of bathroom furniture can have sets of basins, baths, cabinets, toilets, bidets and other sanitaryware that are designed to co-ordinate with and complement each other. Showers, vanity units, taps, urinals, shelves and cupboards can also be incorporated to complete the design. Combined, they present a unified aesthetic – be it minimalist...
    Guidance, 07 January 2016
  • Introduction to hand dryers
    Hand dryers are a more economic and environmentally friendly alternative to paper towel dispensers in public toilets. Push-button hand dryers supply warm air at the push of a button, and automatically cut out after a set amount of time. Hands free hand dryers detect movement using an infrared sensor to facilitate a more hygienic, no-touch...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to poseur tables
    Poseur tables are used in bars, pubs, hotels and other hospitality environments for users who are standing or sitting at high stools. They are usually designed to a high specification, to withstand the heavy use typical of contract and leisure industry environments. The materials used range from aluminium, which is light and low in cost, to...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to door handles
    Door handles can be specified as stand-alone units, or to complement co-ordinated ranges of door furniture, door hardware or other architectural ironmongery. Door levers and pull handles are made to suit internal doors, entrance doors, bathroom doors or narrow stile doors. Others are designed for wardrobes and cabinets. Mounted on roses or...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to mosaic floor and wall tiles
    The history of mosaic tiles goes back 4000 years or more. From simple pebble pavements and geometric shapes, mosaic techniques were refined over the centuries, with small manufactured pieces (tesserae) being used to create intricate designs. The recently restored Cosmati pavement in Westminster Abbey, laid in 1268 by workmen from Rome, is a famous...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to interior wood finishes
    Wood stains and finishes are suitable for use on hardwoods and softwoods, including cladding, furniture, floors, doors and other internal timber fittings. Water based, solvent based, oil based and resin based compositions are available. Wood paint gives an opaque, coloured appearance while wood stains and dyes provide a less opaque...
    Guidance, 08 August 2014
  • Introduction to laminates / boards / solid surfacing
    Decorative surfaces are solid surfaces that are used to cover walls, doors, floors and furniture in interior decoration schemes. Supplied in formats such as foils, boards, sheets and panels, the surfacing is available in any number of colours and finishes. Plain surfaces can have matt or high-gloss sheens, whilst patterned and textured surfaces...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to interior wall lights
    Internal wall lights are often specified as much for their decorative appearance as for the lighting they provide. The type of light fitting can vary widely. Adjustable wall spots and reading lights suit hotel bedrooms and domestic living areas, while wall sconces, candle-type lights and uplights suit public areas and corridors in traditional...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to murals and paintings
    Specifying murals and paintings for public or commercial enviroments can have a positive effect that artwork can have on the occupants. Where long-term operational costs are a consideration in the intial design brief, the use of art can enhance employee productivity or the wellbeing of a building’s occupants. In hospitals and healthcare...
    Guidance, 06 December 2012
  • Introduction to curtain hanging
    Curtain poles and tracks are fixed to walls or ceilings for hanging curtains. Manual and electric systems are available. Curtain tracks / rails are typically made from metal or plastic, and feature multiple gliders from which the curtains are hung. Although suitable for hanging window curtains, this type of fixture is more commonly used for...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to showers
    Showers are used in private houses, hotels and other accommodation such as student residences, as well as in commercial / public settings such as swimming pools or changing rooms. Mixer showers mix water from the hot and cold supply to reach a desired temperature. They can be controlled by manual valves or levers, or by an automatic thermostatic...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to writing boards
    Writing boards are available in various types for use in offices, boardrooms, schools and homes – from traditional chalk boards to dry-wipe whiteboards and fully interactive boards. Writing boards can also be double-sided or have combined, dual surfaces for versatility. Some are mounted on tracks and rails, allowing noticeboards, writing boards...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012
  • Introduction to boardroom tables
    Boardroom tables are typically specified to reflect the power, influence and seniority expected in meeting rooms for board members, company directors or senior management. High end furnishings will be expected in these rooms, and physically, the tables need to be long, to accommodate at least 6-10 people. Solid hardwood boardroom tables in darker...
    Guidance, 10 December 2012
  • Introduction to meeting / conference seating
    Meeting and conference seating is often required to fulfil diverse and flexible requirements in modern offices and workplaces. Traditionally, the meeting room has been a permanent space, for executive or managerial use. A high quality specification, with fabric or leather upholstery may be required to make an impression on visitors, or offer the...
    Guidance, 07 December 2012