Do Batons in Public Areas Need to be the Same Length as Guestroom Batons?

Customers often inquire about the proper length of public area batons. As opposed to guestroom batons, public area batons do not have any regulations as to what length they have to be, since guests do not operate them (the staff does), the batons do not need to adhere to the ADA code. Generally speaking, batons hang 5 feet off the ground so an average size person can operate the treatments.

Batons come in four different materials: fiberglass (white), acrylic (clear), metal and wood. Fiberglass is the most common material used for batons, due to its durability and while fiberglass is not the most alluring option, it is very functional. This style comes in every 12” increment from 3’ to 12’ long. The next most common baton is the acrylic (clear) baton. It is more flexible than the fiberglass baton, and it is also more appealing to the eye, as it is usually considered “invisible” due to the transparent composition. This option does not work well with larger treatments, due to its flexibility and sizes are more limited than the fiberglass option, only extending to 6’ lengths.

Metal batons come in a variety of options (please see our Copia Collection). Copia batons are available in 36”, 48”, and 60” lengths and are now available with ADA loops. And last, are the wood batons—they are not very popular due to cost and style, but can be stained to achieve numerous desired looks (to see staining options, click here). Wooden batons are usually only available in 40”, but they can be custom ordered as needed.

When choosing a baton, it is important to choose an option that will best suit both your functional and design objectives. Please communicate with our Sales or Project teams to learn more about when it is best to transition to cord drawn or motorized hardware for your public area treatments.