Mental Health Spec Chairs

Tough Furniture For Challenging Environments

It is important in a healthcare situation to have appropriate seating for the needs of the patients and their families. We have a number of mental health spec furniture and seating solutions that are designed specifically to maintain a safe and secure environment particularly in a mental health setting, and are sure that they will help you maintain exceptional care in any behavioural healthcare situation. We understand the need for both patients and staff to feel safe and secure in these challenging environments, and to this end we have a range of tough furniture, designed to maximise safety and support rehabilitation. 

When looking for furniture for challenging behaviour it is important that chairs cannot be easily damaged. Our furniture for mental health units and other clinical settings is tamper proof with no visible staples or internal webbing, with certain products fitted with anti-tamper fixings. All units are available in a variety of anti-microbial and anti-fungal fabrics and vinyls which are simple to clean making them ideal for a hospital or other medical environments. 

When considering special needs furniture for adults, mobility also has to be taken into consideration, and some of our chairs, like the Helsinki Posture Chair, are designed with this specifically in mind. For instance, this particular chair completely supports the patient in the deep foam seat as it is designed for users with severe motor difficulties.

Mental Health Furniture

Furniture for mental health facilities and challenging environments, will need to be able to withstand the strains that come with challenging behaviour and also adhere to regulations in place for mental health units. The furniture will need to accommodate individuals with vastly different needs and will have different performance levels than ordinary furniture. Choosing the right kind of furniture and seating solutions can help create a safe, calming, and therapeutic environment, thus aiding patient recovery. Some key attributes to consider when choosing mental health furniture include:


When selecting furniture for mental health units, the first and most important consideration is patient and caregiver safety. Patients with severe mental health issues like clinical depression or schizophrenia may have serious thoughts of self-harm. Those with other issues like autism disorders can be prone to anger outbursts and so it will be important to avoid furniture that can be used to cause harm. This means no sharp edges or removable parts. It is also be best to provide open shelving rather than cabinets with drawers and doors which might be more easily removed or disconnected. There should also be no ligature points on the provided furniture, which means chairs should be armless or with closed arm panels. Depending on the environment, furniture with no concealment areas will eliminate the possibility for hiding contraband.

Additionally, all furniture for challenging environments will need to comply with all relevant fire retardant requirements. Hospitals and healthcare will require upholstery which is at Crib 5 Testing level, while secure environments such as prisons and high hazard areas will require upholstery tested to the higher Crib 7 Test level.


Hygiene is a prime consideration for all healthcare environments. The materials on your reinforced furniture should be able to resist the spread of germs and the growth of bacteria. For seating upholstery, there are multiple anti-microbial upholstery vinyls on the market which are specifically designed to resist bacteria and microbial growth.

Robust Furniture – Built for Strength

It's not uncommon for patients and users to cause damage to their surroundings, including equipment and furnishings. Ensuring that you are equipped with tough furniture that won't easily damage will be important. Standard domestic and some commercial furniture is usually made from chipboard or similar low-impact materials, and these are likely to perform far less robustly in these challenging environments. Materials like melamine-faced MDF are better suited for challenging environment furniture, especially when reinforced by solid timber. Another element to ensuring furniture can't be pushed over or lifted is to add weight to make the units heavy.

Easy to Clean Furniture

Cleaning protocols for any healthcare environment is usually very stringent. In mental health settings, physical and mental health go hand-in-hand, and one can affect or cause the other to worsen. For instance, patients may leave bodily fluids on furnishings and so you will need furniture that can be cleaned quickly and doesn't allow germs to hide or linger. Smooth surfaces such as wipe-clean vinyl upholstery will enable staff to wipe down each piece, thus mitigating the risk of exposure to germs.

Target Comfortable Furniture with Increased Support

The comfort of patients and users is vital in mental health settings as it will increase relaxation and reduces the risk of fatigue, restlessness, pain, and irritability. Foam furniture, including foam chairs and foam cubes, provide body support while sitting, and have no hard edges. Bariatric chairs may be required for bariatric users, to provide adequate support and comfort.

Extreme Furniture That Is Tamper Resistant

The right mental health furniture should discourage or prevent users from tampering with elements of the furniture. One solution is to bolt seating units to the floor so as not to be lifted. Additionally, fasteners should be tamper-resistant and there shouldn't be any exposed staples or other catch points on the furniture.

Provide Personal Space

Residents in a behavioural health facility can have the need for more personal space than those in the average hospital. Chairs and tables should be able to be moved apart so they can be rearranged as the clientele changes or in case of emergencies. You can incorporate ganged seating or use tables as spacers between seating.


When healthcare facilities are visually stimulating, with an interesting use of colour and design, patients feel alive, which can assist in an uplift in overall wellbeing and speed up the healing process. By choosing relevant colourful upholstery for furniture, the tone and feel of a healthcare environment can improve.


There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing mental health furniture. Our robust, reinforced chairs have been designed to maximize safety, provide support and comfort, and promote physical and emotional well-being. They are also durable and reduce replacement cycles. Contact us today for your special need furniture.