In any architectural project – be it residential, commercial or industrial – it's important to draw up designs with walkability in mind. You want it to be a simple and straightforward process for people to navigate your buildings and get from Point A to Point B.
From an architectural perspective, designing the right handrails is key.
Having well-designed walkways certainly plays a key role in this process. But there's another aspect that's equally important, and it's one that often goes overlooked – designing handrails. We don't think about it much, but it's second nature for many of us to hold a rail as we walk from place to place. The presence of that rail helps guide us and make us feel safe and secure. From an architectural perspective, designing that rail is key.
Handrail design, like anything else in architecture, is a matter of careful planning, strategic design and building with the right materials.
How to approach handrails
Designing handrails for your facility might seem like a fairly straightforward process, but there are actually a lot of logistical and stylistic considerations you need to take into account before tackling such a project.
According to research from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the best handrails are those that are designed to harmonise with the buildings around them. This can mean a lot of things – first and foremost, it makes sense to think about their appearance, considering factors like colour and texture. That's just the start, though. What does your organisation prioritise most? Is it safety? Convenience? Whatever you value, your handrails should help foster it.
Handrail design can also help represent a brand publicly, giving off the right image it's trying to project. If you're going for a historic, traditional appearance, a more rustic handrail style might be appropriate. A sleek, modern look might work better for flashy new businesses.
Finding the right look and feel
When deciding on exactly how handrails should look in your facility, there are a few things to consider. One is the practical concerns involved. This is especially the case in industrial settings – if you're building a workplace where there's a great deal of physical labour involved, handrails should be optimised to keep people safe and prevent workplace injuries.
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Another consideration is your design tastes. Ideally, your handrails would match your business. What colours, images and textures are most in keeping with the image of your brand? Your handrails should be consistent with that if at all possible.
It's worth noting that in this process, it's not just design layouts that come into play – architectural products play a pivotal role as well. If you're building with the right materials, everything else should flow naturally from that.
Locker Group can help you out
To obtain the right building materials for handrails and many other components in your next building design, Locker Group is here to be a trusted partner for your business. We offer a variety of materials including industrial flooring for your walkways and Locker Group Handrail for the rails that line them.
Our handrails have a lot going for them. They are strong, cost-effective and versatile enough to fit in both commercial and industrial applications. What you're getting is a multi-purpose product that can work wonders for stairways, bridges, parking bays, school walkways and more.
Locker Group Handrail is available now. You can get it either off the shelf in its standard form or customised to meet the specific needs of your business. Either way, you can contact us today and we'll get started on conquering all your architectural needs.