As a Facility Manager or someone who works in furniture procurement, why should you care if your interior designer uses computer-aided design (CAD) software like Revit?
When it comes to aged care or retirement living furniture projects, CAD software like Revit represents a big win for those responsible for replacing or procuring furniture because they can explore a project’s end result a long time before the furniture manufacturing process even begins. This helps ensure furniture projects are delivered on time and on budget, while also improving the experience of aged care and retirement living residents by ensuring that the furniture meets their individual needs.
But what is CAD software or Revit and why are Revit files useful for aged care furniture projects?
Interior designers use CAD software like Revit to create plans and mockups of room layouts including furniture placement. CAD software has revolutionized the interior design industry and the days of interior designers painstakingly hand drawing each design are long gone.
Today, interior designers use the likes of Revit to import 3D Revit files for tables, dining chairs, armchairs sofas, buffet and entertainment units into 3D rooms and buildings.
Let me share with you 3 reasons why your interior designer would be using CAD software like Revit for your aged care furniture project:
Get a realistic idea of how your furniture will look, feel and perform when placed in your aged care facility.
You’ve chosen upholstery fabrics for the lounge furniture to go within your aged care lounge space. These fabrics are fit-for-purpose; they’re waterproof and easy to clean and the picture on the fabric website looks amazing. But how do you know whether the fabric will complement the chair design, the carpet, the wall paint or the occasional furniture?
Also, how do you know whether the furniture will perform well within a given space to ensure that your aged care facility is meeting the Australian Aged Care Quality Standards for service environments?
The answer is 3D rendering.
CAD programs like Revit create realistic 3D models which allows the interior designer to make drawings and virtual models of your aged care facility with all of your new furniture in place; from the armchairs, sofas and coffee tables in the lounge rooms to the dining tables, chairs and buffet units in the dining rooms, right through to the bedroom armchairs and side tables in the resident’s bedrooms.
Revit allows the interior designer to define every aspect of the furniture, including timber polish colour, upholstery fabric colour and pattern, laminate choice and furniture design.
Your aged care furniture project will be brought to life before your eyes and you can be confident that the furniture selections you have made look good and perform well within the space you have available.
Greater coordination and collaboration between interior designers and manufacturers, ensuring that the needs of aged care residents are met and that furniture projects are delivered on time and within budget.
Designing spaces for aged care facilities often involves custom furniture design, with some furniture being designed specifically for the needs of individual aged care residents. Using Revit files or other similar CAD software for furniture design allows interior designers and furniture manufacturers to work together to craft custom furniture. This ensures that all project stakeholders are on the same page for every aspect of every single custom furniture design, from the upholstery fabric selection to the furniture dimensions.
As well as ensuring that the needs of the aged care residents and staff are met by the furniture, this also has implications for your furniture project budget. CAD software assists furniture manufacturers to systematically measure and allocate production resources and this means that the quotes you have been given are more likely to be accurate. For ultimate control over your furniture project budget, it’s also worthwhile checking that your furniture manufacturer offers fixed price quotes (we do!).
Many of our FHG aged care furniture designs are already available as Revit files, freely downloadable on our website.
We have engaged a designer to convert most of our furniture designs into Revit files on the understanding that Revit is an industry-standard tool for many interior design firms around Australia.
This means that your interior designer can go to our website, search for an aged care furniture design, download the Revit file for free and use it in their furniture project 3D model.
This accelerates their workflow by allowing them to quickly create a mockup of any physical space. It also gives you an excellent idea of how your new furniture will look and perform when placed within your aged care facility during the design phase.
Understanding your aged care furniture project lifecycle: vital for projects to be delivered on time, on budget and defect free
It’s easy to see how CAD software like Revit allows you to have more control over the outcome of your furniture project and having a furniture solutions provider who understands the aged care furniture project lifecycle is vital.
With over 20 years of experience in the aged care furniture manufacturing industry, we bring solutions to our client’s unique circumstances; it’s what we do best.