Interior Office Signage

One of the most commonly used sign types is interior office signage, and these signs can be seen in most buildings and places of business. There are many different kinds of such a sign used by many businesses and these come in many shapes, sizes, colors and placements. These are used to mark offices, show people where to go, tell people what to do and help them find people as well as facilities inside these establishments.

When businesses order these customized signs, they don’t just say they need this or that sign right away. They usually ask a few questions before ordering and this is in order for them to know what kinds of signs to get, as well as what customization options they can use. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about these signs:

Can bathroom signs be customized? – Yes, bathroom signs can be customized however, you will need to follow strict ADA rules while doing so. Your customization options do include the color combinations that are available for ADA signs, the font, the size of the sign and the text that is found underneath the bathroom sign pictogram.

Can I use lower case letters on my interior office signs or do I need to use all caps? – This usually depends on what kind of interior office signage you are using. Some people find that too many capital letters on multiple lined signs confuse them. Use this guide to help you decide: if a sign is tactile (permanent room signs, bathroom signs, etc.), all letters should be in caps; if a sign is not tactile, then you can use upper and lower case letters.

I heard that Braille is needed on interior signs. Should all my indoor signs have Braille on them? – No, not all signs, even if these are considered ADA signs, need to have Braille translations on them. The types of signs that do need to have such tactile features on them are those that are used to mark doors that lead to rooms that are considered permanent rooms. Examples of such areas include bathrooms, kitchens, hotel rooms and the like. These tactile features can also be added to signs that are within the reach of a person’s hands, such as elevator signs, directional signs and office door signs.

What other ADA rules should my indoor signs follow for me to remain compliant? – There are actually many rules that need to be adhered to when it comes to ADA signs, but different sets of rules are often used on different types of signs. For example, when it comes to permanent room signs, you will be required to follow rules for tactile elements, color contrasts, mounting height, finish, font used and character size according to sign mounting height and size. For other ADA signs like directories, tactile elements are not needed, so you won’t have to use Braille translations on these and raised letters. You will still need to adhere to sign finish, color contrast, font used and character size rules for these signs though.

Can I use my own font for my signs? – Most indoor office signs are subject to ADA rules, so unless your fonts are compliant with ADA standards, you might find yourself choosing from a list of pre-approved fonts. If your sign is one of those that do not need to conform to ADA rules, then you may be able to use your own font choice for your signs. This usually depends on the signage manufacturer you tap for such a task.

What mounting options do I have for my indoor signs? – This often depends on what kind of sign you are mounting and what materials are used to create such a sign. Usually, smaller interior office signage can be mounted using adhesives and even Velcro since these are light enough for such options. Bigger and heavier signs are often mounted with the use of screws and other options that are ideal for such signs.

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