Door Signage

Look around and you try to see what kinds of door signage you see. You will find that in every building and every establishment you go to, there will be door signs that are commonly seen in all of them. This is because these establishments and institutions all need these signs within the premises.

So, what are these signs and why are these all necessary to these businesses? Here are some of the more commonly used door signs people see around them:

Room number signs – hotels, hospitals, and even office buildings have these signs on them. You can often see these numbers placed on the walls on the latch side of these doors, and this is due to ADA rules. One of the more frequently used formats for door number signs are those that have the floor number at the beginning and the room number at the end of the sequence. For instance, a room that is on the tenth floor and is considered room number 8 will have the number 1008 on it. A room that is on the second floor and is designated as the fifth room will have the room number 205.

These signs are usually made following rules set by the ADA since these are considered permanent room signs. Since these room numbers are highly unlikely to change, even though the occupants of the room will, these number signs will then have certain ADA elements on them. Included in the list of ADA compliant elements needed on these signs are tactile characters, Braille translations, proper color contrasts, and sans serif fonts, to name a few.  

Room name signs – some buildings and establishments choose to use names on the rooms of their doors instead of numbers, although such signs are only used for special rooms like conference halls and function rooms. The names that are used for these rooms can be anything from the name of a hero, a flower, a popular country or state, and many more. Examples of such room name signs include the Orchid Room, Washington Grand Ballroom, Lincoln Hall, and so on.

These signs are also found on the side of the doors of these rooms, with the location always on the latch side of the door, unless of course if these rooms have double doors. In these cases, you will find these signs on the side of the door that is not being used. If both doors do open and close, then these signs will be mounted on the wall beside the right side door.

Bathroom signs – yes, bathroom signs are one of the most commonly seen door signs around. This particular door signage is probably even the most common of all these signs since these can be seen not only in office buildings, malls, hospitals and hotels, but also in schools, stadiums, train stations, airports, and anywhere where the public usually goes. As with other door signs that need to comply with ADA rules, these are also subject to certain rules and regulations.

You need to ensure that these signs can be easily read and understood by everyone, which means that these need to have the right color contrasts, the correct fonts, and the tactile elements that can be used by those with visual impairments. These signs also need to be mounted properly, just like the other door signage we mentioned earlier, and since these are permanent room signs as well, these need to be mounted 60 inches from the floor to the middle of the sign, and on the latch side wall of the door it is marking.

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