Door Signs

Customizing door signs requires that you do a number of things before you can say that you have done what is needed for these signs. Some people may think that all you need to do is to choose a unique design, and you are good to go. There is actually more to the customization of these signs than just making these look different from other signs, and these involve a lot of thought, research, and the careful putting together of all the needed elements.

If these signs are to be used on rooms that are considered permanent fixtures (such as rooms in hotels, offices that won’t be changing occupants anytime soon, and rooms like kitchens and bathrooms), then you will need to comply with certain rules set by the government for such signs. Permanent room signs need to follow these specific rules for these to be considered compliant:

-      These signs need to have tactile features on them. Tactile features are elements that are raised, which makes them easy to read or distinguish with the use of your fingertips. Tactile features that need to be on your custom door signs include tactile letters and/or numbers, tactile pictograms, and Braille translations of what is written on the sign.

-      These signs also need to carry fonts that are sans-serif. These are fonts that do not have the additional stylish “serifs”, or additional strokes, that are used to make the font look more artistic. The use of sans serif fonts is to help people reading it, whether with the use of their eyes or their fingers, to not confuse one letter with another, as is sometimes the case when it comes to some serif fonts. Some of the sans serif fonts you can consider using for your customized door signs include Arial, Calibri, Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, and Century Gothic, to name but a few.

-      Signs that are considered permanent room signs also need to use certain color combinations that make the characters easy to distinguish from the background. There is a required 70% contrast for these, with either of the two being darker or lighter than the other by around 70%. This does not mean however that you won’t have that many options when it comes to your color choices, and color combination options. You will find that you have quite a number of choices in this, with some of the color combinations being the usual blue and white, black and white, and grey and black.

-      When you customize these signs, you will also need to use materials that do not have a glare or glossy finish. This is to prevent the possibility of light reflecting on the surface of the sign, making it rather difficult to read. Non-gloss or matte is considered ideal for these signs, even if the material that you use is usually shiny or glossy, like metals.

-      While some of these signs are mounted on the door of the room it is marking (as is often the case with hotel and hospital rooms), it is actually mandated by law that these ADA compliant signs be mounted on the side of the door where the door knob can be found. This is to ensure that when someone is trying to read these signs with the use of their fingertips that they do not get hit by an opening or closing door in the process.

Share on Facebook