The need for specialist furniture in mental health facilities has led Tough Furniture to develop a comprehensive range of anti-ligature TV cabinets.
This post aims to explore the importance of correct specification in mental health environments and looks at the key features that go in to producing anti-ligature TV cabinets.
Why Anti-Ligature TV Cabinets?
The core aim of a mental health facility is to aid recovery in a setting driven by care. Part of this involves making service users feel as comfortable as possible in an environment that is ‘as close to home as you can get’.
Both the Service User’s room and the shared spaces of their accommodation should offer a ‘safe haven’, allowing them to benefit from certain comforts, such as a comfortable bed and seating areas, as well as the use of a television.
Of course, measures must be put in place to protect those most vulnerable from self-harm, which is why the use of robust furniture with anti-ligature features is essential.
The Problem With Standard Television Cabinets
The introduction of the anti-ligature TV cabinet was brought about by the need to provide a safer alternative to standard television cabinets.
Standard television cabinets aren’t designed to withstand the demands of a mental health facility, making them a target for tampering, or deliberate attempts at destruction.
Given the large cost implications of the need to constantly replace televisions, Tough Furniture has been prompted to develop a solution focused on longevity, quality and safety.
All of their TV cabinets feature the attention to detail and robustness that has made their name over the many years they have been providing solutions to the challenging environments market.
What’s more, the deliberate choice of woodgrains and curved lines also allow for a much less intrusive, institutional feel than similar products manufactured in metal or plastic.
From a safety perspective, exposed wiring from televisions presents an obvious ligature risk, so one of the key features of Tough’s cabinets is the ability to completely encapsulate plugs, sockets and wires.
Anti-Ligature TV Cabinets Offer Versatility
Anti-ligature TV cabinets can be fitted neatly to the wall, allowing the interior designer to make maximum use of space, aiding a clutter-free, calming environment.
A series of natural wood-grain finishes gives the designer an opportunity to deliver something both practical and aesthetic, further aiding the recovery process through the application of biophilic design principals.
Core Product Features
- Manufactured from 25mm melamine faced MDF
- Range of finishes available
- High strength 8mm polycarbonate vision panel
- Inset doors featuring a strip hinge
- Sound and ventilation panels built in with 3mm holes
- Locked as standard with either standard keylock or star–key lock options available
An anti-ligature TV cabinet is the ideal solution for Service Users wanting to enjoy home comforts in an environment that aids their recovery.
We recognise that every effort must be made to ensure the safety of the end user, whilst providing a product that is built to last, highlighting the importance of specifying a product with anti-ligature features.
If you’d like any more information on the importance of anti-ligature TV cabinets in mental health settings, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts today.
Tough Furniture manufacture all furniture in-house, here in the UK, it is then delivered direct to the room, and all packaging removed.
If your project requires bespoke furniture, our in-house designers can also work alongside you to ensure your vision is achieved.