As the world moves a little further everyday, our shops too, at least the ones that could survive recession, are no different. Everybody is passing through a tough time. Shop owners have to strike a balance between cost-effective and attractive shop fittings, and it gets very risky to opt for cost-effective over attractive, or vice-versa, thus spoiling the whole balance.
Some shopkeepers may opt for a set of cheap shelving that may not be a financial strain for the. But, that may not bring them additional business. Undoubtedly, the quality of goods and their demand are crucial for any retail business but customers may not be inclined to pick up materials from shelves that give the impression of being second-hand. On the other hand, the same materials displayed in an attractive shop fitting may attract more customers who feel confident of buying from a quality retailer. But, will the shopkeeper consider it worthwhile to invest heavily in attractive shop fittings in anticipation of more profits as a result of improved sales? Well, there is that proverbial saying that to earn money one needs to invest money. But, given the present difficult times, that doesn’t sound sensible. That’s what makes slatwall an interesting proposition.
Slatwall is an unusual kind of shopfitting comprising of paneling of a number of slats at periodic intervals that enables the retailers to display their goods on an easy-to clean and maintain set of floating shelves. These specially designed shelves easily slide in the paneling without having to include brackets, thus making available more space for displaying items in an attractive manner. The cleaning of shelves is the easiest. Just slide them out of the slats, clean and replace back.
The availability of these shelves in a variety of neutral colors further adds to the convenience. Whatever be the color scheme or décor of shop, there is a suitable shade to choose from any of these shades: standard white, cream or gray, to wood effects, in maple, cherry, beech, oak and ash. Moreover, there are also ‘credit crunch shelves’, meaning plain shelves without any edging. Well, they may not look as attractive as the normal ones; they make a very good option for a seasonal Christmas shop, while they get attached to their slatwall, and display goods of discounted prices during holiday season.
Have a look at the prices. The lowest priced pack of 24 works out to £9.85 each, but a single piece would cost £10.95. That seems good enough to make one opt for standard shelves rather than the credit crunch version. Wood effect shelving is costlier, the cheapest being the cherry for £12.20, while the costliest is the maple priced for £15.25. But, even the costlier variety becomes economical on buying a pack of 24, and most of the shops would need more than that number. Of course, it’s expensive, but you get extra place for displaying your wares.
The design of slatwall shelves has one limitation though. As there are no supporting brackets fore extra support, the weight of the items that one may keep in these shelves is quite restricted and you dare not overload these, lest they should come cracking down. Though the problem is taken care of to some extent by using heavy duty floating shelves but they are more expensive and the fact remains that even those don’t have supporting brackets. They could certainly contain more items but on being loaded beyond a weight, they might bend or crack, necessitating replacement. Therefore it will be worth spending sometime to assess your requirements before ordering.
Here is a video for you to see. You get clear specifications here and you can see how the unit will look when installed to the wall:
So that’s it; as the world moves forward, our shops need not lag behind with slatwall by our side that not only creates an extra space and offers us a cheaper substitute to traditional shopfittings, but also optimizes the space using floating shelving.