Consignment Store Layout Designs for Success
August 24, 2021
Your store layout makes or breaks your store for multiple reasons, but the most obvious is the physical appeal of a well-decorated store. Shopify goes into more detail about customer flow, but I will focus on giving you four consignment store layout designs for success and their pros and cons.
The free-flow layout is defined in the name. You’re free to create your own pattern. To work best, it should be more of an open space layout to create a peaceful space for your customers. If you have a window display or something similar, this is a great layout for your store. This takes creativity to pull off but try it out and track your results to see the effectiveness.
- Works best for small/odd spaces
- More freedom to create space between products
- Perfect for shops with fewer products
- Can confuse customers
The loop layout forces customers to go all the way around the store before leaving or checking out. Ideally, the checkout station would be at the very front. A perfect example of this layout is Ikea. They particularly create a controlled loop to encourage you to browse all of their products.
- Every item is exposed
- Controlled customer flow
- Can become daunting
- Customers may not like that they do not have control
A grid layout is your typical drug or grocery store layout. It’s simple and to the point. If you notice, some retail stores use this, such as Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning, Goodwill, etc. This gets your merchandise out there; however, the visual appeal isn’t necessarily there.
- Convenience for both parties
- It can hold a lot of merchandise
- Can be overwhelming
- No physical appeal
- Can get busy fast
The spine layout combines the other layout ideas, and it creates an open space, organized areas while effectively creating a good flow. When used correctly, the spine layout encourages customers to make their way through the whole store while they see your featured items.
- Encourages customers to travel to the back of the store
- You can show off your best merchandise
- It creates a good amount of space for your customers
- Customers may be too encourages to go all the way to the back, missing most aisles.
- Discourages flow through every aisle
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