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Refurnishing Your Facility? Keep in Mind the ABCs

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September 26, 2019

Refurnishing Your Facility? Keep in Mind the ABCs

Whether you're in the midst of a major remodel, a new site opening or an interior makeover, the right site furnishings can have a huge impact on your customers' experience with your brand – and on their purchasing behavior.

If you’re ready to refurnish but feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to start, take a look at our alphabet-inspired site refurnishing checklist for some key basics to consider first.

Site Refurnishing Checklist

Assess lighting – Lighting can be easily overlooked during a site refurbishment, but this is an ideal time to evaluate it.

  • Maximize natural light with clean, unobstructed windows.
  • Ensure that ambient lighting is warm, inviting and reaches all corners of your site.

Boost your space – Keep your site looking as open and inviting as possible, even if you have a small footprint.

  • Choose displays designed to take advantage of vertical space to create a roomier feel.
  • Use mirrors or an accent wall to create the illusion of more space.

Curtail clutter – Your customers won’t be comfortable in cramped or cluttered areas without enough personal space.

  • Don’t choose displays that are too bulky, and ensure that furniture and fixtures aren’t too crowded in your space.
  • Choose the right waste receptacles – both inside and outside your site – to help keep trash where it belongs. Commercial Zone has a variety of trash containers perfect for any space.

Direct the flow – You can use furniture, displays and fixtures to keep your customers on a strategic path that helps control the flow of foot traffic.

  • Retail, commercial or hospitality locations can do this with a waiting area featuring comfortable seating. Commercial Zone has some nice options for outdoor bench seating.
  • Convenience and retail stores can do this with seasonal displays or signage between aisles.

Evaluate checkout or reception desk area – Ensure that your checkout or reception counter is clearly visible.

  • The checkout or reception area should be unobstructed and offer enough room for merchandise or personal belongings.
  • Use the backwall space as an opportunity to reinforce your brand, because it’s likely the last thing your customer will see before they leave your site.

Follow the right-hand rule – In North America, 90% of consumers will subconsciously turn right when they enter a business. So this is an important space to consider because it will create a highly-visible first impression.

  • Place a high-impact display here with seasonal or high-demand merchandise.
  • Capture your customers’ attention with promotional signage here.

Looking for more advice for site furnishings as you refurnish your site? Contact us today so we can assess your unique situation.