Office signage helps employees, customers, and other folks navigate the everyday landscape at your business. Consequently, quality custom office signs can make a major difference. What should you look for in your signage, though?


Use clean and simple fonts for all lettering. Likewise, avoid imagery in the vicinity of names, locations, and directions. Use a high-contrast color scheme, such as white-on-black, to make letters highly readable.

Letter height is also important. Apply one inch of letter height for every 10 feet the average viewer will stand away from the sign. Letters may need to be bigger if folks have to spot them from the far end of a long hallway, for example. If someone needs to read a sign from 100 feet away, you need to have at least 10-inch letters on it.

ADA Compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act regulates office signage at many locations. If you have signs at readable levels, such as the sign for the door to a doctor's office in a hospital, there should be Braille lettering on it. This allows visually impaired visitors to make use of the signs, and it also avoids potential compliance concerns down the road.

Durable Materials

Many types of custom office signs have to hold up for years if not decades. Ask the sign-making company for samples so you can get a feel for the quality and durability of the materials. Abuse the samples to see how tough they will be. See if the ink rubs off easily after several hard touches.

If possible, look for real-world examples of the company's work. Particularly, check for signs in areas that get lots of sunlight. You can often judge the quality of the materials by how well they handle UV exposure. You may expect to see some fading in the darker materials, but the sign shouldn't exhibit this for several years unless it is being absolutely baked in the sun.


If you're paying for custom office signs, you may also need custom mounting options. Folks who are mounting signs flush with walls will want at least four mount points. Hanging signs may attach with two hooks and eyelets, although heavier signs might require more support.


Office signage rarely is one-size-fits-all. You may need signs to post policies, provide directions, and identify offices and people. The policy signs might be small and designed for up-close reading while the directional signs could be big. Make sure you're working with a company that offers a wide range of options to address all your needs.

Contact a company like Sign-Frame for more information.