If you are a small-business owner who is trying to pick displays for your store, then this article is for you. We will help you pick your store displays, explain how to determine what size your display should be, and show you where to buy it. When you are done reading, you should have all the resources you need to pick and purchase your displays.
Types of Store Displays
Let’s start with the main display types. Keep in mind, there is overlap between these types, especially when it comes to gondolas. There are slatwall gondolas, pegboard gondolas, and gridwall gondolas. These are general categories.
Gondola displays are two-sided, have adjustable shelves, and are generally used to merchandise the center of your store. They are free-standing and the frames are commonly made of steel with the middles being made of slatwall or pegboard. Gondola style shelving is especially popular in grocery and pharmacy stores, because they can hold lots of product and can be adjusted to fit different sized items.
Slatwall displays are panels that have recessed horizontal spaces where various kinds of shelves, hooks, pegs, and hangers fit into. It is one of the most versatile shelving options, because it can display such a wide variety of merchandise and can be mounted on walls or be freestanding.
Gridwall displays are wire panels that can accommodate a variety of different hook and shelf options. They are versatile, light, and easily customizable. Use them on your wall or with bases as free-standing fixtures. They are easy to maintain, requiring minimal dusting and general cleaning.
Garment racks are generally made of metal and are crafted specifically to display clothing and apparel. They are most often used to display hanging clothing and come in many different shapes and sizes.
Table Displays are displays that have a table shape to them. They can be tiered, as this one is, or just have one level. Although the term “table” makes you think of wood, table displays can also be made of a variety of other different materials as well.
Pegboard displays are displays that are made of fiber-board and have rows of evenly spaced holes, which are used for attaching hooks, bins, shelving, and other storage accessories. Pegboard is often paired with other display types as well, especially gondolas.
Specialty displays are those that are designed for a specific purpose or product. Some examples include:
• Refrigerated displays (pictured)
• Jewelry Display Cases/Jewelry modeling forms
• Wine Racks
• Gun cases
• Clothing Forms/Mannequins
What is the display going to hold?
Since multiple types of displays can hold a wide variety of products, there can be quite a bit of overlap. Here is a general guide detailing which products work on which display type.
– Clothes – Gridwall, Slatwall, Garment Racks, Tables
– Hardware/small electronic items – Slatwall, rolling carts, or pegboard with bins.
– Canned Goods, Food, Cleaning Supplies – Gondola with shelving
– Art, Handmade Items, Gift Shop Items – Tables, gridwall (paintings), Wood Gondolas, pegboard, Custom
– Shoes – Slatwall, Table, gridwall, or metal shoe rack
– Alcohol/Spirits – Wine rack, gondola shelving, or custom
Compiled in Editorial Board of Retailiran