Custom Signage Design Tips That Will Save You Money

Axxess Industries has spent the past 20 years developing electronic solutions that streamline hotel operations while improving the guest experience and guest room appeal.

Our Electronic Do-Not-Disturb Systems are incorporated into our custom room number signs that display if PRIVACY or SERVICE has been selected. The doorbell button will glow red if the guest has requested PRIVACY, green for SERVICE or default to white.

At a glance, housekeeping can see which rooms need to be serviced and which rooms shouldn’t be disturbed. Our systems are not only efficient but stylish, we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with hospitality designers and architects all over the world on their custom room number sign designs.

During these collaborations, we’ve learned a number of cost effective design tips that we’d like to share!

Read through our tips to see what smart design choices you can use to aid your next hospitality design project:



For any visible surfaces, consider back-painted acrylic as it can be painted any color and looks professional. The acrylic won’t scratch because the paint is on the back and it has a non-glare surface making it ADA compliant.

However, if you have your heart set on a specific texture or material, consider using a front plate on an acrylic backer. For example, using a metal front plate on an acrylic backer allows you to be cost effective while keeping an authentic metal appearance.



Creating signage that is very small or very large both pose unique challenges. For signs that are very small, it can be difficult to fit all the required components while signs that are very large come with their own mounting challenges.

Consider keeping your sign design within our suggested minimum of 4″ (101.6mm) x 3″ (76.2mm) or contact us to get a suggested maximum size (this varies with material).

Along with width and height don’t forget to consider the thickness of your sign. Deep signs will be less cost effective as they require thicker materials which can come with a thicker price tag.



Finishes are just as important as the individual components.

Having a satin paint finish is one of your best options, gloss finishes are not ADA compliant and matte finishes are in danger of getting scratch marks. You want to make sure you’re using the proper finishes so that your design will look timeless for years to come.



Consider the long run, if you need to order a replacement sign and your design requires special processes that need to be outsourced such as anodizing, sand blasting, etc. there is often a minimum cost for processing a batch whether it’s 1 sign or 300.

At Axxess Industries, we are more than happy to collaborate with you on any design you have, the above are just some ideas to consider.

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