For those looking to create a safe and inclusive padded environment for a family member, a facility or a school, it’s important to know what is required before getting too far along in the process.

If you browse websites like ours, you’ll likely notice that many padding manufacturers carry a few different options of padding for a variety of applications. It’s important to be informed about the differences in those products and, perhaps most importantly, when to select the right product for your specific situation.

Wall Padding

When it comes to simply padding a linear (or curved) wall surface for protection from things such as sports or other hazards, fire-rated padding is often not necessary. Given that it is used in larger spaces such as gymnasiums, warehouses and other industrial applications, it is not often used to enclose humans in any way.

These wall pads are often wood-backed to make for an easy installation to a wall and provide protection mainly against collisions that might occur. Common applications include along walls beneath basketball nets, in warehouses and on columns and other obstructions that could result in injury in the event of a collision.

Padded Rooms

In applications such as fully padded rooms, fire-rated padding is always recommended. This comes down to a matter of safety for the end user when enclosed in a completely padded space. These rooms can vary in size, but typically contain all of the walls within them being completely enclosed by padding.

In other cases, even the ceiling and the flooring can be padded as well, making this requirement even more important.

Fire-rated materials are designed to resist ignition and slow down the spread of flames, which is crucial for ensuring the safety of both patients and staff in case of a fire emergency. Additionally, fire-rated padding can help to contain a fire within the room, giving occupants more time to evacuate or for emergency responders to intervene. Always prioritize safety when designing spaces intended for treatment or any other purpose.

When it comes to padded rooms, always ensure that the padding product you are having installed is a quality one that is completely fire-retardant. Our Protector Two product was made specifically for this purpose and is used for floor and wall padding and is highly customizable based on the available space in the room you are designing.

If you are looking to get started on a new padding project, be sure to reach out to a member of our team for the most up-to-date pricing information.