Interior Signs

Not all businesses have the same signage needs. Depending on what kind of business you are running, it is possible that you may need a different set of interior signs as other businesses around you. There are a few signs however, that are necessary for almost all establishments, like bathroom signs, directories and wayfinding signs, to mention but a few.

While you may have similar interior signage needs as other establishments, not all of these signs have to be made the same way or mounted in the same method. The signs you end up using depends on factors like usage, preference and compliance. To give you some insight on what signs you may need for your business, here is a list of some of the many kinds of interior signs that your business may need:

-      Permanent Room Signs – these are signs used to show people what a room or designated space is and what function it may have. Permanent rooms are those that won’t change occupants or uses anytime soon. Examples of such rooms include kitchens, bathrooms, conference rooms and other similar spaces. Room number signs are also considered part of this group of signs since room numbers rarely, if ever, change once assigned. The signs needed for these rooms need to comply with ADA standards, which essentially make these ADA compliant signs. This means these signs need to have tactile letters, should use a sans serif font and should have a Grade 2 Braille translation directly underneath the sign text.

-      Directional or Wayfinding Signs – you may have seen a lot of these in public transportation hubs like bus stations and train stations. You will have also seen this type of a sign in airports, hospitals, schools and office buildings. These are those signs that have arrows to show you where to go, hence the term “wayfinding”. These signs are usually found mounted overhead, however there are a few of these that can be found mounted on walls too. These signs should also follow ADA standards for color contrast, sign finish and character height for these to be considered compliant with the law.

-      Informational Signs – these signs include stairwell signs, elevator signs, directories and the like. Some of these need to conform to ADA guidelines that are used for signs that can be read with the use of the fingertips, like stairwell signs and elevator signs. Others, like directories and informational signs such as no smoking warnings, need not have Braille or tactile letters on them, but will still need to follow some of the ADA standards that are used with directional signs. This includes color contrasts, finish and character sizes in relation with the mounting height of these signs.