Popular shop fittings in the UK
Clothes rails and hangers
From affordable fashion retailers to designer label emporia, clothes rails are integral pieces of display equipment. They enable the effective display of most types of garments. Round rails allow for 360-degree browsing whereas linear displays use straight rails. Such different rails, therefore, cater to diverse store layouts and, importantly, customer preferences. Feature rails are often designed for showcasing specific collections or high-margin items. Hangers come in various materials, sizes, and shapes to complement the brand’s image and the type of clothing being displayed. Wooden or velvet covered hangers usually adorn high end retailers and plastic and wire tend to accompany more affordable ranges.
Display shelving is a fundamental component of a retail space. Shelves serve to organise products in an accessible and visually attractive way. Wall-mounted shelves maximise vertical space and are great for displaying products such as books, small electronics, or accessories. Freestanding shelves, positioned strategically around a store, allow for flexible arrangement and easy browsing. Shelving systems are highly customisable, allowing retailers to adjust shelf heights and configurations to suit different product sizes. The choice of materials like metal, wood, glass, or acrylic can convey different aesthetics, from industrial to luxurious.
Gondolas are versatile units with shelving or rails on multiple sides, making them ideal for placement in the centre of the store to create aisles. These are often used to display clothes, but they can also be fitted with hooks for electrical items or sweets. Their design encourages customers to explore various products as they walk around, making great use of floor space!
Point of sale (POS) stands
POS stands, on the other hand, are set up on the ends of aisles, or at the checkout area. At the end of aisles the POS stands afford an attractive and eye-catching way to help buyers notice commonly purchased products that they may need during their visit. At the actual checkout these POS stands can hold impulse purchases that are “grabbed” at the last minute!
Display Tables and Counters
Display tables and counters create engaging focal points within a store. Placed at eye level or below, these surfaces can hold featured or new products, encouraging customers to interact with and explore items up close. Display tables, used creatively, group related products and so tell a visual story, or promote a theme.
Incorporating a thoughtful mix of these shop fittings helps retailers optimise their space, enhance product visibility, and create an environment that draws customers in and encourages them to explore. Each of these elements contributes to the overall store layout and ambiance, playing a significant role in the success of the retail experience.