How many sides can a smoking shelter have?

Smoking shelters are an essential consideration for all manner of businesses, public buildings, and places of employment. The rights and wrongs of smoking are immaterial, people still do it and need somewhere to be able to stand out of the elements – but what’s the right design for you?

Choosing your design

The answer to the question “how many sides can a smoking shelter have?” depends on the style you choose. You can, for example, invest in a simple canopy. This, realistically, doesn’t have any sides as it’s simply bonded to the wall of the building. It’s the cheapest option, but provides the least protection.

A smoking shelter can have up to three sides, however, and be its own individual enclosure if you wish to invest a little more. With three sides smokers will be provided with much more shelter from wind, rain, and other prevailing weather conditions – but there will still be the necessary ventilation.

How do you choose?

With a range of smoking shelters available, how do you determine the right one for you?

The first is to establish how many people are actually going to use it. Take note of how many people smoke around your premises, your employees on their break for example, and plan the size accordingly. If you have a larger workforce, or you operate a business where people often tend to smoke more such as a pub, club, restaurant, betting venue, etc, a larger shelter might be more appropriate.

Also, look at how much you’re willing to invest in a smoking shelter. This will determine the kind of construction you’ll be getting. If you want to invest the minimum amount possible, for example, you’ll likely get a simple canopy that attaches directly to the exterior wall of your premises. If you want to invest more, you can get a self-contained shelter unit, complete with its own flooring.

Getting the right help

If you want to make sure you’re getting the perfect smoking shelter for your needs, contact a professional shelter provider. They can help you to better understand your options, and the right smoking shelter for you.