A few months ago, after sitting in my third doctor’s office of the day, I sent a couple of tweets that went as follows:
One of my next-in-line projects is a medical waiting room. I don’t do many commercial projects since my heart is in the home, but seriously, have you ever looked around in a waiting room? They are mostly terrible. They feel so sterile and cold, and I had a hard time thinking of one that I liked. Unless you think of spa waiting rooms…they are usually pretty and relaxing and soothing. So why can’t that feel transfer to a medical waiting room?
I mean, most waiting rooms look like this, right?
Ug-ly. Where is the imagination? The comfort? I did manage to find a few spaces online that looked like pleasant waiting rooms. I may not love everything about them, but they are a vast improvement from above.
A little too posh maybe? ha.
Granted, many of the rooms above look a bit too manufactured for me. A comfortable space that feels good and is interesting to look at is always a formula mixing old and new. Is it possible to do this in a functional waiting room that is going have a good share of wear and tear and people in and out? Is it possible to make a waiting room look like this?
Okay, maybe that is a stretch. But I am up to the challenge. The challenge of making a waiting room feel good and nice and comforting. Especially since most of the time, people are nervous about going to the doctor. A smile at the front desk and a soothing space can go a long way, am I right?
What do you think? I am curious to hear your thoughts on what makes a good waiting room experience. What would YOU like to see in a waiting room? Are there any waiting rooms you have been in that you loved? What was it about them that you liked or appreciated? I’m all ears!