Jay Helliwell

Finance to Design Super Shop Fitting Tips for a Stunning Retail Experience

Shopfitting is a trade learned over many years of working in carpentry, renovation, joinery and other such experiences including kitchen, bathroom, dry-lining practices. Commerical finance for shop builds can be expensive so letys look at how to maximise the R.O.I to create a stunning retial environment.

Overall there is a lot to the process so having these skills under your belt will help with the overall planning, wiring up, and lighting (both up down and coloured forms) setting out, together with the required power points. What panels you need, types of slatwall hook, inserts, types of shelving and suck like.

Additionally, to these operations, there is (in most cases) suspended ceiling fitting which is a separate operation unless you bring in your own team of specially trained fitters.

Draw out your design

Once you have designed the look and layout of your project the design then needs to be discussed and drawn up with your planner to be put into technical as well as detailed specification. These "documents will then demonstrate to all of the trades what fits where" so there are no mistakes your design and specific measurements will all go into the build so the setting out can begin with speed. The clearer the plans are laid out the smoother the job will go to completion so the faster you can open the doors.

Budget to address

Budget is key to the whole operation as you will need to know how much the materials, labour costs, time to complete and many other factors are all examined in detail prior to beginning the job. You have to know what you are doing in detail for full costing out. After all of these considerations are put into play your job can go ahead hopefully at speed as time is money.


A very helpful tool for following closely to the plan is 3D AutoCAD Rendering tools which really help everyone in visualising and seeing the plans you are creating to your space more clearly. If you can afford the construction of these then this will be a very valuable tool at your disposal. If at all possible this is a serious consideration in the final planning stages as you can demonstrate just what you are putting into play and what the trades need to re-create for you, visually.

Colour Schemes

Colour schemes are directly factored into your design as they will effectively be your own company brand which will be used for a visual representation of you and your company in both long and short-term. In today's modern world this branding will also transpose onto company web sites, stationary, advertising and so on so it is a very important aspect of your business. A strong model sticking to this plan is going to push your business over and above your competition. Colour should also be considered to go into floor coverings, partitioning, shelving and other store fittings you are intending to use.


These are some basic tips that will help in the conceptual overview of the project you are envisaging to create. There are indeed many other aspects that will be added to this model by the time you get to the point of implementation but as a guide, this will be a cracking start to your concept.

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