Fun Fact: Agama Lizards shed their tails as a survival mechanism, their tail regenerate over time.Like this creature, this product has a breakaway safety feature that can be reattached in much the same way as the lizard’s tail.
Fire Retardant
Fun Fact: Salamander is Greek for "fire lizard" and there is an old fable about them being able withstand fire, like the Salamander, this product is made to withstand fire and is tested to the highest Crib rating.
Fun Fact: Chameleons can change their skin colour to blend in with their surroundings. Like this creature, this product is available in custom print/colour.
Water Repellent
Fun Fact: The Gecko is the only known creature with hydrophobic skin.Like the Gecko, this product is water repellent and suitable for areas of above average moisture
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The safer way to add artworks into any room...

Are you looking to create safer spaces that are less institutional, helping to create more therapeutic, homely and healing environments? The SOFTART™ is a great way to add artworks and imagery into mental health environments that are reduced ligature, minimal self-harm risk and are Crib 7 FR rated.

  • Crib 7 Fire retardant to BS5852
  • Detaches upon a load of approx. 3-4kgs
  • Stitched & welded seams for improved infection control, strength & security
  • Bespoke design and size
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Common Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions. If yourequire any additional information,please do get in touch with one of the team.

What’s the lead time?
Standard lead time is 2-4 weeks. This is confirmed at time of order and is dependent on capacity and quantity.
What’s the fire rating of the SOFTART™?
The Balco SOFTART™ is tested to a standard of Crib 7 BS5852.
How do you clean the SOFTART™?
The GREENGUARD vinyl makes it easy to clean with a non-abrasive cloth or sponge (to protect the print design). If disinfection is required, use diluted chlorine products at 1000ppm chlorine.
Are the materials used non-allergenic?
Yes, the vinyl has a GREENGUARD certification. The inks contain no HAP's (hazardous air pollutants) or sensitisers, have no VOC's, require no special handling, are non-toxic and the synthetic polymers in the inks are non-allergenic.
What is the product warranty?
We provide a warranty on our products for a period of 24 months from delivery, the products shall be free from material defects in design, material & workmanship. However, this warranty does not apply to any defect in the product arising from circumstances described in clause 10.2 of the Balco Terms & Conditions.
What happens if the SOFTART™ catches fire?
The SOFTART™ is certified to a Crib 7 BS5852 rating. When the source of the fire is removed, the SOFTART™ is self-extinguishing.
Can the SOFTART™ be used in a wet room?
Yes, all seams on the SOFTART™ are welded to protect the internals from absorbing moisture.
How does the SOFTART™ attach?
The SOFTART™ uses short range magnetic force. There are magnets secured in the SOFTART™ panel, which are welded in creating a tamper resistant pocket. A discreet metal plate is attached to the wall for the magnets in the artwork panel to clip on to.
I would like a different size to the standard options – is this possible?
Yes, we can develop a bespoke size to suit your requirements, please get in touch with one of our team who can work with you on this.


Main Specifications

Construction: Sewn and Welded

Composition: Vinyl/Foam

Dimensions: A3, A2, A1 and bespoke sizing.

Weight: Max 3kg, depending on the size of the artwork panel.

Fire retardancy: Crib 7 BS5852

Breakaway weight: 3-4 kgs

Colour: Custom print/design

Warranty: 2 years * subject to normal usage

Life expectancy: 10+ years *subject to normal usage

Cleaning: Diluted chlorine products at 1000ppm chlorine.

Trial sample: Available

Leadtime: 2-4 weeks


Main Features

  • A catalogue of images available to choose from. Bespoke options also available in any Shutterstock image on request.
  • Sizing – available in a range of sizes, bespoke sizing available upon request.
  • Construction: Seams are welded and stitched for additional strength and security. The welded seams protects the foam internals from absorbing water and moisture.

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Construction Sewn/Welder
Composition Vinyl/Foam
Fire Retardancy CRIB 5 BS5852