Client: Department of Health
Design: Curtain Lock


As part of the design councils ‘Patient Dignity’ initiative we looked at the problem from the patients’ perspective.   

The problem we uncovered was that the patient experienced a low locus of control over their environment when in a hospital bed and felt fundamentally exposed.  The blue curtain is a thin veil of protection and can be pulled open at any moment, especially when extremely busy health professionals are concentrating on treating many patients.


The solution we developed gave the patient agency over their environment by creating a curtain lock. We redeployed behavioural codes to make it universally intuitive to use; using red for the universal colour for stop and shaping it like a long ‘shoe horn’ device that simply hooks over the curtain rail stop the curtain in its tracks.