As we approach the end of winter and the welcome lengthening of days we are all reluctant to draw heavy curtains that block out the natural daylight. In a care environment there can be numerous times during the course of a day when residents require privacy in their rooms, such as help with bathing or dressing, the use of a commode or a GP’s visit. Similarly in communal dining areas and lounges there may be times of the day when diffusing full sunlight might also be needed to maintain the comfort of residents.
We are delighted to welcome Ingrid Stowell to the team at Furnish in a newly created role of contracts manager. Ingrid joins us from a background in contract interior design both in the UK and internationally and has a wealth of experience in all the sectors we specialise in – care, healthcare, education and hospitality. She is based in Bath and will focus on supporting clients across the south and south-west.
Expert installation of your curtains and blinds isn’t necessarily high on the list of priorities; there can be so much to consider with styles, fabrics and finishes, deadlines for completion of a new build project, or minimum disruption in the case of a refurbishment. But what I’d like to impress upon you in this blog is that we believe it’s fundamentally important, significantly extending the lifetime of your investment. It’s why we decided to do it differently, employing our own installation team bucking the industry trend to sub-contract this work.
There are strict regulations around installation that apply to all internal window blinds with cords or chains that could present a hazard. The regulations *(which are law and were revised in 2014) place limits on cord and chain lengths, require the installation of safety devices, the testing of the safety devices, as well as displaying product warning notices and ensuring that product instructions are made available.
We were all shocked and horrified by the recent events of Grenfell Tower – the speed with which the building was engulfed in flames, leaving little time or means for escape resulting in the massive loss of life.