Room and Suite Signage

Room and Suite Number Signage

Established in 1977, Wm. Whiteley Limited designs and manufactures interior signage, including Room & Suite Numbers, as well as wayfinding and sign systems for both existing facilities and new buildings. Over the past five years alone we have successfully completed well over 100 interior signage projects. Our clients include healthcare facilities (nursing homes, Long Term Care, and hospitals); colleges and universities; airports and transportation terminals; hotels and public buildings.

How Room / Suite Numbers Fit into a Wayfinding System

Wayfinding or sign systems specified for a commercial or industrial building generally include the following four primary sign classifications:

  1. Directional (point the way to departments or services, etc.)
  2. Informational (hours of operation, departments or services available, etc.)
  3. Identification (company, department or individual’s names, room / suite numbers, etc.)
  4. Safety / Security (emergency procedures, heath alerts, etc.)

When a visitor or facility user has been successfully guided through a building using its wayfinding system, identification signs are like the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow’, confirming that a particular location, function or person has indeed been found.

Room and Suite Signage

Room Numbering Conventions & Other Considerations

Room numbering, which is generally based on the architectural plans used in constructing the building, tends to operate like street numbering and follow a consecutive sequence (1, 2, 3…) with odd & even numbers located on opposite sides of hallways or corridors. Room numbering protocols are also often tied into the building’s fire alarm system and are covered by local fire regulations.

While room / suite numbers themselves usually don’t change over time and so can be considered to need ‘permanent’ signs, some related aspects of signage, such as the name or title of the room’s occupant, are more likely to need updating from time to time. This combination of ‘permanent’ and ‘changeable’ elements may be dealt with either by specifying one sign for the room / suite number and another to identify the occupant or function, or by selecting an option that has both a permanent & changeable component on the same sign.

In order to meet ADA or other barrier-free requirements, thought must also be given to production issues such as the requirement for Grade 2 Braille and / or tactile letters as well as installation considerations including sign height, etc.

A last-but-not-least consideration is the need to select signage that relates appropriately in style and materials to the building’s interior finishes. In general, the more neutral the signage, the better, letting other architectural or design elements ‘speak’ more loudly.

Our Room or Suite Signage Products

To consider the possibilities for changeable sign products see Switch, Tablet and Magpi. For permanent signs see Shapes and Outdoor.

I welcome the opportunity to share our expertise and experience with you on current signage and wayfinding projects. Please contact me directly for RFP/RFQ, Tenders and Proposals.

Bill Whiteley, AOCAD
Industrial Designer

Tel: 519.428.5385 ~ Fax: 519.428.5286 ~ Toll Free: 1.866.666.5385 ~