Shelving, especially in a retail store, is critical. How you choose to shelf your items will significantly affect the general appearance of the shop. If products are neatly and attractively arranged in POP displays (point-of-purchase displays), you will not only retain your existing clients but attract new ones too.
Some factors you should consider when choosing a shelving system include durability, adaptability and affordability of the shelving materials. Also, keep in mind that different products require different types of shelves.
Regardless of whichever shelving system you use, both you and the customers should have an easy time accessing items on display. Here are eight types you should consider.
1. Floating or Wall Shelving
This is one of the most popular types of shelves. It is common in book stores and a few other places. The materials used to make these types of shelves include glass, wood, and steel.
One key advantage of using this type of shelving is that it provides adequate shelf space to store all your items. Since the foundation of the wall shelves is the wall itself, the shelves are both strong and durable. Floating or wall shelving is very ideal where space is limited.
2. End Bay Shelving
Also known as promo end bays, the end bay shelving somewhat resembles wall shelving, the only difference being that they have a back panel that prevents the items on the gondola shelves from falling behind. They are ideal for companies with ongoing sale offers seeking to encourage prospective customers to spend more.
It is also a great way to conduct a clearance sale or promotions. If you walk into a majority of supermarkets, this is the type of shelving you are likely to find along the aisles.
3. Pegboard Shelving
Generally, these types of shelves are made of a base shelf and a durable panel with perforated back panels. For the display hanging space, you would need to use pegboard hooks to hang the on-sale items, or just to keep your items in an orderly manner. It is a perfect way to stay organized.
Pegboards come in a variety of colours and sizes. They lend themselves to limitless uses in factories, retail shops, hardware stores, display areas, and workshops. You can also use them in your own home.
4. Free Stand Shelving
These types of shelves available in a variety of shapes colours, and even designs. One of the advantages of using free stand shelving is that it can be moved around. This is especially important when you are rearranging your store.
The different materials used to make the free standing shelves include stainless steel, wood or plastics. The durability of your shelving depends on the materials used to make it, the most durable in this particular case would be that made of stainless steel.
5. Magazine Shelving
From its name, you can probably guess where you would find this shelving; the bookstores, of course. In most cases, magazine shelves are made of wood. However, it is not uncommon to find some made of glass or steel. The books or magazines are displayed in a way that a prospective customer can quickly peruse through the different varieties available.
6. Refrigerated Shelving Units
Just as the name suggests, these shelves are meant to work as a fridge; hence, the items often displayed on them are perishable, or those that need to stay at a temperature lower than the room temperature.
You would typically expect to find these shelves in food stores, or along the food aisles in a supermarket. Most of these are made of stainless steel and have a glass door to allow the customer an unhindered view of the different products on display.
7. Corner Shelving
These shelves are basically found at the corners in a room. They are set up in a smart way to maximize on space that would have been otherwise hard to access. Corner shelves can be installed using solid wood, laminated wood, plastic and stainless steel. Depending on the look you want your shop to rock, you can choose to erect your corner shelves from the floor or hang them on a wall.
Whichever option you go with, you will be creating shelving space that could otherwise have gone to waste, giving you more shelving options when displaying items in your shop.
8. Fixed Bracket Shelving
Also known as suspension shelving, these shelves are made of individual brackets that can be used separately or together. When used independently, they are referred to as standalone shelves, and when used together, they are known as a multi-unit shelving system.
The brackets are hinged directly to a wall and are often made from materials such as wood and metal. If you want to be creative with your shelving system, it is wise to use the wooden bracket shelves as they come in a variety of decorative styles.