When constructing and operating a sports hall or fitness center, it is necessary to comply with a set of normative documents to ensure the safety and comfort of users. In Ukraine, for such purposes, the following normative documents should be observed:
Compliance with these normative documents will help create a sports space that meets safety and quality standards.
Engaging in sports requires maximum concentration, especially in situations where one needs to “push themselves to the limit.” When designing sports halls, fitness rooms, and similar facilities, every detail matters – each detail can either help a person exercise or, conversely, distract them. Ceilings are no exception to this rule. While it’s possible to exercise in a simple room with a whitewashed ceiling, choosing a gym where the ceiling is designed according to the basic requirements for such structures is essential. In this overview, we will discuss these requirements and what the ceiling in a gym can look like.
Spaces designed for sports activities have a quite specific climate regime. This is because sports are energy-consuming, and good results can only be achieved under certain conditions. What should be considered when designing a gym?
All of these factors influence the requirements that suspended ceiling systems must meet:
Other aspects are equally important:
As you can see, the requirements are quite strict, and not all suspended constructions meet them. Below, we will analyze the main types of suspended ceilings and focus on their applicability in finishing sports halls.
To reduce costs for finishing a room during the installation of suspended ceilings, either drywall or the Armstrong suspended system is usually used.
The advantages of such constructions include:
However, unfortunately, neither a drywall suspended ceiling nor an Armstrong ceiling can be called an ideal solution for decorating a gym. There are several reasons for this:
Metallic elements constructions (an excellent example being the suspended metal ceiling from the “MehBud” factory) can serve as an alternative to traditional suspended ceilings. They come in various forms, and we will explore the main groups of such ceilings below.
For small gyms and auxiliary spaces such as corridors, changing rooms, and showers, metal rack ceilings made of steel or aluminum are excellent choices. The system, consisting of long, narrow racks, is easy to install, providing access to the ceiling space where utilities are located.
The advantages of rack ceilings for gyms include:
If you need to cover a large area, consider cassette and panel ceilings for spacious gyms or extensive shower rooms. These systems are suitable for reconstruction projects, especially when Armstrong ceilings were previously installed, as standard metal cassette sizes allow for mounting on existing suspension systems with minimal modifications typically made to increase load-bearing capacity.
Cassette and panel metal ceilings offer several advantages:
While rack and cassette metal ceilings from the “MehBud” factory are frequently used in gym interiors, the use of cubic shaped ceilings is a relatively new but justified trend.
Key benefits of cubic ceilings: