Floor coverings in hospital rooms: interiors that promote well-being

Floor coverings in hospital rooms must satisfy high demands. The colour and design must be welcoming and support convalescence by creating a comfortable atmosphere of well-being. At the same time, hygiene, safety and accessibility all play a decisive role. Rubber floors from nora combine all these aspects in an attractive form. Design and functionality go hand in hand to make the hospital stay as comfortable and safe as possible for the patient.

designing patient rooms with nora floorings

patient room with nora floor coverings

hospital bedroom with nora floor coverings

clinic bedroom healing environment with nora floorings

clinic healing environment bedroom with nora floor coverings

Feel-good atmosphere in patient room: Floridsdorf Hospital, Vienna, with brown nora floor covering

Patient room concept with nora rubber flooring

Colour concept with warm earthy tones for a feel-good atmosphere in the patient room

Design of treatment environment: Patient room in the ITZ Freiburg

patient room with nora floor coverings and inlays

patient room with nora rubber floor coverings

Healthcare in transition

Today, hospitals and care facilities are much more than just healthcare institutions. They are increasingly taking on the role of service provider and, as such, must remain competitive and assert themselves on the free market. This creates completely new requirements, not only for internal processes, but also when it comes to the hospital room interior.

The floor forms the basis for a successful interior design concept. Choosing the right floor covering not only makes treatment rooms and hospital rooms more attractive. Fitting them with a safe, comfortable and appealingly designed floor also increases productivity and improves the hospital experience for the patient. This also promotes recovery – which is, of course, the best advertisement for any hospital operator.

What does hospital room flooring have to achieve?

Floor coverings are not just design objects; they are an investment in health and safety. The floor covering forms the basis for successful hospital room design. Innovative solutions combine health, safety, acoustics and comfort. The aim is to implement an attractive solution that meets the increased requirements for hospital rooms to be an environment that is pleasant to spend time in and promotes convalescence.

Modern hospitals follow a person-led approach that gives health and safety equal consideration. However, economic factors also play a role in the new requirements for hospital rooms. A hospital room interior that minimises risk also increases profitability.

The hospital room flooring must effectively prevent people from slipping, tripping and falling. It must also be easy to transport loads on wheels, which is why elastic floor coverings with a dense surface are particularly suitable for hospital room interiors. They boast a high coefficient of friction and thereby significantly decrease the risk of falling.

Rubber floors from nora create a sense of calm in hospital rooms

In a protected space such as a hospital, noise is a significant disruptive factor. Studies have shown that high noise levels can lead to sleep disturbance and delay recovery. What is more, hospital staff also suffer under the constant stress of high noise levels.

Rubber floors from nora were specially developed for the increased requirements in hospital rooms and hospital environments in general. Research conducted by scientists at the University of Salford in Manchester has shown that nora rubber floor coverings significantly reduce disturbing noise. They considerably improve the acoustics in hospital rooms and in the hospital in general.

Increased comfort and better health thanks to ergonomic floor coverings

Doctors and nurses, who spend a lot of time on their feet, appreciate hospital room flooring from nora. Its high elasticity makes it significantly more comfortable to stand and walk on than conventional floor coverings used in the hospital room interior. This minimises the occurrence of back and joint pain as well as considerably reduces fatigue.

In turn, this results in increased productivity and a reduction in the number of health-related absences amongst staff. So an investment in high-quality hospital room flooring is also an investment in the health of staff and in the profitability of the healthcare facility.

Suitable products

norament® 926 satura

Rubber flooring for extremely heavy traffic areas, with hammerblow surface and tone-in-tone granular design

noraplan® sentica ed

Electrostatically dissipative “ed” floorings for optimum ESD protection of electronic devices and equipment. Protect against electrical shock, resist most oils and greases.

noraplan® valua

Rubber floor covering with an organic texture in 16 colours inspired by nature.

noraplan® lona

Rubber flooring in a filigree design with contrasting colours and accents. Silk-matte surface with subtle texture and visual depth.

noraplan® signa

Rubber flooring with a changing base colour consisting of three harmoniously matched colour components and characteristic granule inclusions. Available in smooth or reflectionbreaking surface.

noraplan® stone

Rubber flooring with discreet, non direction scatter design, available in smooth or reflectionbreaking surface.


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New build Klinikum Crailsheim 

Germany (Crailsheim)
noraplan® signa | Healthcare

Institutes are coming under pressure - whereas the one side sees patients clamouring for a more cosy environment, the other side must satisfy growing cost and efficiency requirements.

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Centre Hospitalier Alpes Léman Contamine sur Arvre 

France (Contamine)
noraplan® signa, noraplan® uni, noraplan® signa acoustic | Healthcare

Ecological and beneficial to patients – that is the CHAL (Centre Hospitalier Alpes Léman) in Contamine-sur-Arve, near Annemasse, a new hospital in the French Alps that recently went into operation.

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