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corner sample display



I will be moving my gallery to a larger shop in August. We are now working on our gallery layout and would like some ideas on getting the maximum for the minimum of space in displaying corner samples. I prefer the wall behind the design counter. We currently have a 4 x 8ft panel behind the counter and like the look but need some ideas on how to increase the rows. I do not want to add a floor carosel for it takes up too much space
Also if anyone has good ideas for workshop design I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
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I covered the whole wall in fabric loop material. It cost with glue about 200.00 for a 10' x 20 foot wall.



PFG, Picture Framing God
I am considering the same chage .The two best as far as I can see is the slideing doors with Three pnls. wide and two in front of the first three for as many rows as needed.The draw back is if corners fall between ( and they do) it is hard to sometimes get them out.And you can only see the front of the doors.

The second is to install 2 ft. Cafe doors made of ply wood covered in loop fabfic or carpet that can swing back and front over your existing wall .This can triple your wall space and is easy to install and use .But if the samples fall they can be reached very easily .It does require a little more that 2ft. clearence in front of your wall and can need more if it is behind your counter.
Putting them behind your counter cuts the seeable samples since the couter covers 3-4 of wall space and you are in front of them also.But the most important thing is what achives your desired look.

[This message has been edited by BUDDY (edited June 24, 2000).]

Jim Miller

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
A word of caution:

Before you put any kind of fabric or carpet on your walls, check with local fire authorities. Some places prohibit use of carpet or fabrics on walls unless the product meets certain spec's and passes certain fire-retarding tests.

Our Fire Marshall told me that carpet on the floor will not burn as readily as the same carper would if it were on the wall. Makes sense.

If you put the wrong stuff on your walls and get caught, your business might be shut down until you replace it, which is a major mess.

Jim Miller, CPFcm; GAFP Committee Member


CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
If you go with the sliding doors, get the heaviest hardware you can find.

Greg Gomon

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
We used a couple of floor carousels for specific varieties of moulding and they really do not take up much space. For instance,a)ideal for a corner which may turn out to be dead space and collect clutter. b) In a window for a changing display whenever it is turned. Nielson also makes a wall mounted triangle shaped carousel for displaying moulding. Can get 3x the samples in same space. If unable to afford their display, can build your own, fairly inexpensive to do.
Also, check with some of your better sales reps. They travel all over, see what works and what doesn't, and often times have great ideas.

Lance E

I am also looking for ideas, nothing new yet though. One thing is that we are all desigens in our own right, why are we copying others. The only thing that I have learned recently is that the whole counter thing goes way overboard with most frame shop layouts, don't seperate your coustomers from the product with counters.

Susan May

Lance E- You probably don't get many small kids in your store, do you? One kid with cracker or cookie crumbs on their hand can ruin a whole wall display in less time than three pro wrestlers. Don't get me wrong, I like kids, they are my future customers, but I do know their destructive force.
I like the frames behind the counter with access for special customers only.


Lance E

Small kids, we have them coming out our ears every day as we are a photographic store also. Distract them to another area, have a few toys for them to keep them occupied. The smallest reason for an excuse is not good enough sorry.
How do you define a "special" customer? why are they allowed rights others are not? would you be offended if you saw others treated specially where you shop regularly?

Greg Gomon

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
Hi gang,
I have a small toy box of things picked up at the local thrift store, Kids love it and the parents seem to love it even more. Great distraction.
Like Vance, we allow customers access to our samples. We recently reconfigured our design area and pushed our design tables out away from the sample walls. Less intimidating to customers if they feel they can touch/feel. If they reach for something and your designers are astute, you can use this customer non-verbal input to direct a sale. Price may be an issue with the moulding they selected but you can then direct them to one more economical (never use the word cheaper). Most people are pretty good about offering to put things back, but we laugh it off and excuse them from cleanup. Putting things away is just part of the creative process.


SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I have two carousels in addition to two walls of frames. The carousels, rather than taking up a lot of space, save me about 16 feet of wall!

Seth J. Bogdanove, CPF
21 years framing and still loving it


Gallery/Frame shop design ideas. I have wished for years that one of the industry magazines would do a monthly feature of a store showing all the display ideas. I have a few good ideas but I could sure use a few more.

John Ranes II CPF GCF

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

I'm bringing back this old thread, because I just redesigned part of our shop's moulding displays.

We've always had 55 inch long panels that
"floated" on our wall covering. These were covered with Velcro fabric and gave a professional and clean look to the display. Problem was that we needed more sample space. Until recently we had a large octagon rotary display which held a large numer of samples, but simply took up too much floor space.

To be honest, I've never been a fan of "sliding walls"......too much product is hidden; walls sometimes are difficult to move; samples get knocked off; Is their one more door/layer behind this one?

What I've discovered is what I believe to be the best compromise for good looking display space: Evald Moulding's "Space Savers". This moulding company, makes for you triangular turnstiles that are 72 inches tall. They can be ordered in any number: one, two, five, seven. Each custom made unit comes with it's own laminated base and cap, which mounts to the wall. The equivalent of three layers of moulding and these units only protrude away from the wall 13.5 inches!

Having just installed six units last month, I've just ordered three more, to be delivered the first week of March. For more information contact Evald Moulding, Evald Moulding - Tel. 800-871-4771

Hope this is still helpful.......



The Frame Workshop of Appleton, Inc.
Appleton, Wisconsin

[This message has been edited by John Ranes II, CPF, GCF (edited February 26, 2001).]

Colleen A. Brown

I use 1" wide loop, adhesive backed, velcro taped directly to my white walls, spaced about 8-10" apart depending on corner sample width. It looks real "clean" and stays stuck. I can just add more to the walls as needed. It also meets the fire code, and only costs about $1.00 a foot for the velcro.
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