Norix Introduces Protégé Steel Dormitory Furniture

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New Bedbug Resistant Furniture for Transitional Housing

A new collection of steel bed bug resistant furniture is now available from Norix Group, a leading provider of institutional furniture. The Norix Protégé Series beds are fabricated completely in steel – the preferred material for dormitories in shelters and transitional housing facilities.

According to Brad Karl, Norix Project Manager, bed bug infestations are a persistent problem in group home settings because these facilities are difficult to shut down for chemical eradication procedure. “Bed bugs feast on human blood, and are night feeders. They are attracted by CO2 emitted by humans, such as a large dorm room of sleeping clients. Because the clients are transient, the problem can migrate from facility to facility, and infestations can re-occur after an eradication procedure.”

Selecting appropriate furniture is a key element in a bed bug avoidance program. “Management of the nesting environment is critical,” says Karl. “The furniture is often donated, and traditional residential furniture -- made of wood and upholstery – offers the dark, concealed habitat bed bugs need to thrive.”

Protégé Series beds are all steel construction – easy to clean, treat and re-use. The steel mesh foundation does not require a box spring, which is often the primary bed bug habitat. When used with a ComfortShield® inverted seam-mattress, bedbug habitat can be effectively denied.

The Protégé Series beds are available now, as part of a broad selection of institutional furnishings. Specifications and images for downloading can be found at For other institutional furnishings for transitional housing, please visit Companion items include ComfortShield® mattresses, learn more at Learn more about bed bug avoidance techniques on the Norix blog by visiting:


About Norix
For more than 25 years Norix has served the corrections industry, providing secure furnishings and fixtures for every application. The product line has expanded to include other industries and environments such as behavioral healthcare, transportation, educational institutions, fire/police stations, commercial facilities, shelters, and military installations. The privately held company is headquartered in West Chicago, IL with sales representatives and dealers throughout the U.S. In 2012, Norix launched Safe Environments a news and information blog serving architects, designers, administrators, and facility managers involved in the design, construction, and operation of challenging environments. For more information, call 630.957.4433 or

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