Door Signs, Directories, and Directional Signs

You’ve seen these different kinds of signs being used everywhere – from office buildings, to school buildings, to malls, to hotels, and even hospitals. These different kinds of signs have their specific places in each of these types of establishments and these help each other to help you to get where you want to go. As confusing as that may sound, the explanation is actually pretty simple.

When you use all of these signs properly and in conjunction with one another, you won’t have to worry about needing to ask anyone where a particular office, room, or facility is in a building. You simply go from one type of sign to another to get where you want to go. Which sign do you consult with first and how do these signs work together to help you find your way around?

The first thing you usually consult with when you are new to a building and finding your way around is the directory. This is often found at the entryway of the building, usually up on a wall where everyone can see, or behind a receptionist’s counter or desk. These directories have the room names on them, the floor number, and the room number for you to consult with.

What you see on these signs will often depend on what kind of building you are going into. For instance, if you are going into a hospital, you will see these directories showing on which floor and in what room number a specific facility can be found. These very same directories can also tell you according to floor where doctors’ offices are and what room numbers these are in. For schools, you will also see the same kind of pattern, with room numbers for permanent facilities being posted beside the facility name on these signs.

The next thing you will need to consult with when you are trying to find your way around a building without having to ask anyone for directions is the directional sign. These signs are posted on every floor, usually near elevators and stairwells. These will tell you what direction to take (left or right) to get to the room you are going to. If the rooms you are looking for can be found after a bend in the hallway, then the arrows that point you where to go will also have a bend in it.

The last thing you will need to look for is the door sign that marks the door of the room you are going to. These room signs or door signs can either be in word form or a number. More-often-than-not, these are numbers that have the floor number at the beginning, and the room number afterwards (2420 = 2nd floor, room 420), so as to avoid any confusion.

As you can see, when these things work together, and when you know how to use these signs in conjunction with one another, you won’t have to worry about getting lost in a new building. You won’t have to worry about not having anyone to ask for directions since these three kinds of signs will help you find your way around easily.

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