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Sensory Room Ideas and Furniture

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

As children and adults develop, the relationships we form with our senses are crucial to the way we view and interact with the world around us. While going through our day will provide some stimulation, providing some extra opportunities for sensory interaction through the use of sensory toys and furniture can go a long way to aiding development, particularly for those with sensory issues, autism or developmental disabilities. The best strategy for providing targeted sensory stimulation is often to tailor a specially designed sensory room, equipped with all sorts of sensory equipment to challenge everything from tactile and visual tracking skills to communication and problem-solving ability.

Sensory Room Ideas

Since a sensory room can be made up of virtually anything, finding the best strategy to deliver the most complete sensory experience can be a challenge. First, you should think about what you want to accomplish with your sensory space; is your priority to provide a relaxing a calming space, a stimulating and exciting space, or one that can achieve both with a small amount of adjustment? You may want a different set of toys and furniture for each set of space, but there are some pieces that are versatile enough to work equally well in both.

Sensory room ideas and furniture
A sensory room can be a powerful tool for helping a child learn how to interact with the world around them

A well-designed sensory room can provide a unique space for interaction, providing learning opportunities that may otherwise be daunting or unavailable. They can provide immersion from one's senses, while also representing a safe space from the pressure an intimidation found in the outside world. A sensory room provides an opportunity to boost a child's development like nothing else, fascinating and educating by stimulating a child's own ability to respond to the sensory information around them.

Outfitting a Calming Sensory Room

A calming sensory room is an excellent choice for those who are over-sensitive to sensory information and may have a tendency to become overwhelmed. These rooms are useful for providing de-escalation from an agitated emotional state, and can calm while encouraging tactile, visual and communication skills. Sensory products like bubble tubes and light projectors are perfect choices for these types of spaces, and can be improved with the use of wall mirrors to create the illusion of an endless array of sensory stimulation. 

SpaceKraft Standard Bubble Tube

SpaceKraft Standard Bubble TubeThere are few sensory products that can provide the level of tranquility and calm that a water feature can, making bubble tubes a natural choice. The SpaceKraft Standard Bubble Tube is a perfect example, providing gentle colour changes coupled with bubbling water to create an immersive calming experience. 

This tube also allows the opportunity for touch interaction, creating a small interaction for an all-round sensory boost. Helping to develop visual tracking, colour identification and tactile engagement, this bubble tube is one of the most dynamic sensory options available.


SpaceKraft Sensory Galaxy Star Projector

SpaceKraft Sensory Galaxy Star ProjectorFinding the right balance between sensory stimulation and relaxation is key to a good sensory room, and projectors provide an easy way to improve the entire room without being overwhelming. The SpaceKraft Sensory Galaxy Star Projector lets you bring the natural sensory experience of the night sky into your sensory room, equipped with laser and holographic technology to project thousands of stars and different cloud formation indoors.

With a simple plug-and-play design, this projector provides maximum benefit with minimal effort, making it an ideal addition to any room. Instantly creating an engaging yet calming light show, the Galaxy Star Projector can be set to provide the perfect visual experience for your room.


Padding for Safety and Fun

Padded furniture and walls are a perfect option for any sensory room, and can be particularly beneficial for calming and safe rooms. Equipping a room with padding can serve three main purposes:

  1. Help to boost safety – ideal for calming rooms and de-escalation spaces
  2. Encourage energetic play with minimal risk of injury
  3. Provide an opportunity to bring extra colour into your sensory space

Sensory Soft Play Tumble Rocker

Sensory Soft Play Tumble Rocker

It's important to incorporate opportunities for fun and active play into your sensory room, as while learning is important, nothing is more engaging than play. The Sensory Soft Play Tumble Rocker is useful for a number of reasons, as it promotes balance and motor skills in a soft, colourful and fun way.

It includes handles for stability and extra safety, and provides a calming and smooth rocking motion that is as therapeutic as it is enjoyable. Ideal for calming, fun or stimulating areas, this rocker is an ideal addition to any sensory space. 


Sensory Soft Play Jungle

Sensory Soft Play JunglePadded toys and furniture are particularly useful for promoting active play that would otherwise be too dangerous to encourage. The Sensory Soft Play Jungle provides a colourful and cushioned obstacle course, complete with ten soft shapes set in shallow wells for stability.

These shapes are extremely versatile, as they can be removed from their wells to provide rollers or different shapes for dynamic play. Soft, active, engaging and fun, the Soft Play Jungle ticks all of the boxes for a sensory room.


Sensory Soft Play Walls

Sensory Soft Play JungleIf you'd like to combine a number of different sensory experiences into an active sensory space, the ability to place soft walls where you need them provides a great deal of freedom. Sensory soft walls are available in a multitude of colours, and can work together with your other padded sensory equipment to make your room fun, colourful and safe.

There are plenty of options available, including the Sensory High Soft Play Wall, the Sensory Long Low Soft Play Wall, or the Sensory Short Low Soft Play Wall, providing you with everything you need to outfit all sorts of spaces. Soft, squishy and easy to clean, these walls are free from sharp edges and corners to make your room as safe and soft as possible.


Interactive Sensory Experiences

Reinforcing the cause-and-effect relationships of children with the sensory world around them is especially key to helping them in their development. To target these relationships, it's important to provide them with activities that encourage an interaction with sensory experiences, which is an area specially designed sensory equipment can prove to be a massive help. 

Sensory Acoustic Tactile Wall Panel

Sensory Acoustic Tactile Wall PanelTactile panels are a popular addition to all sorts of sensory rooms, and a panel that provides an opportunity for stimulation of multiple senses can be a powerful addition. The Sensory Acoustic Tactile Wall Panel includes an almost endless array of interaction for the child, allowing them to interact with tactile, acoustic and visual stimuli. 

This multifunctional wall panel includes wooden chimes, fluorescent mirror bells, rattles, sorting holes and mirrors among others, helping to stimulate just about every sense possible. As this is a wall panel, it naturally maximises your use of space, making it excellent for sensory rooms with a limited area to work with.


PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor Tile

PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor TileWhile the Tactile Wall Panel helps to maximise sensory stimulation by utilising walls, this next product turns your floor into another opportunity for sensory learning. The PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor Tile is another ideal addition to any sensory room, and is designed to be extra-durable to stand up to the wear and tear that comes with bearing the weight of walking, running and wheelchair use.

These floor tiles light up and swirl with bright colours and impressionistic designs, providing an instantly engaging sensory experience when weight is placed upon them. Filled with a gel that swirls when contacted, these tiles require only a small amount of pressure to react, making them easy to interact with, even for the hands of a smaller child.


Sensory Education Through Sensory Stimulation

When choosing the design of your sensory room, the possibilities are really only limited by your imagination. The more dynamic you can make your room, the more rewarding it will be for the child, and adding more sensory experiences will usually only boost your benefits. Considering your end goals is crucial, and keeping your room open for adaptation for different needs is a must.

We hope these suggestions have given you a better idea of the kind of experiences and equipment you can add to your sensory space. If you'd like to see what else you can add to your sensory room, you can take a look at our range of Sensory Interaction equipment, or browse our range of Sensory Calming Toys for Autism and Hyperactivity.

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Tags: Autism, Education and DevelopmentSensory Furniture, Sensory Toys

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SpaceKraft Standard Bubble Tube
  • Colour changing bubble tube
  • Ideal for sensory interaction and touch play
  • Available in a choice of sizes
  • Accessories sold separately

SpaceKraft Sensory Galaxy Star Projector
  • Bring the universe inside
  • Projects thousands of stars
  • No set up - just plug in and go
  • Ideal for any sensory space


Sensory Soft Play Jungle
  • A firm platform with 10 soft shapes
  • Bright colours
  • Available in two styles
  • Ideal for any sensory space

Sensory High Soft Play Wall
  • 100mm deep wall cushions
  • Soft and squishy
  • Easy to clean
  • Ideal for any sensory room

Sensory Short Low Soft Play Wall
  • 100mm deep wall cushions
  • Soft and squishy
  • Easy to clean
  • Ideal for any sensory room

Sensory Long Low Soft Play Wall
  • 100mm deep wall cushions
  • Soft and squishy
  • Easy to clean
  • Ideal for any sensory room

Sensory Acoustic Tactile Wall Panel
  • Tactile and acoustic wall panel
  • Endless interactions
  • Bright colours, shapes, mirrors and instruments
  • Ideal for any sensory space

PlayLearn Sensory Light-Up Floor Tile
  • Sensory floor tile - great for sensory rooms
  • Pattern changes as pressure is applied
  • Can be used on any flat surface
  • Safe and durable - can bear the weight of wheelchairs and trolleys