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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

Four Tips for Planning the Perfect Fit Out for Your Fashion Store

by Chloe Cooper

Are you setting up a fashion store? Besides knowing what's trending in the world of fashion, you need to design your store correctly. When clients walk into a clothing store, their first impression is what they see. If you have an appealing layout, you'll be more likely to draw them in and encourage them to make a purchase and not just browse through. Therefore, have these tips in mind as you plan the perfect fitout for your store!

Design a Suitable Floor Plan

Your floor plan design can significantly influence the traffic in your fashion store. Designs range from straight floor plans where racks and shelves are arranged in a straight line, to free flow where there's no particular style. In a clothing store, a free flow plan is the most appealing option. This floor plan allows you to place shelves and racks as you wish. There aren't any set-out paths, and customers can go in any direction and browse.

Provide Seating Areas

One design idea that has proven effective for clothing and shoe stores is including seating areas in your store. When people walk in, they may not want to go directly to the shelves to browse through items. Some will want to take a break and sit down during their shopping trip. Others will even want to take videos and photos of the merchandise. Make this possible by providing chaises, couches, poufs or other seating options you find suitable. Design seating arrangements in a way that will be placed strategically to give your customers a view of most of the store.

Choose a Modular Design

The best way to hold the interest of your shoppers is by switch up the layout regularly. This is only possible if you choose a modular design. Don't install permanent paths and shelves as these will leave you little to work with. Instead, opt for stackable modules which not only make your store look modern but also allow you to switch layouts. Go for modular shelves and tables that will make it easy to change your paths and alter traffic changes in the store. These options also allow you to change your fixtures to match seasonal and trend-related changes.

Create Wide Aisles

Nothing is more frustrating more than bumping into other people as you bend over to check the lower shelves in a store. Shoppers need adequate space to move between the aisles, bend over, and even hold out clothes to see if they suit them. This not only increases convenience but also reduces accidents as a result of shoppers bumping into shelves and racks as they move around. As you design your layout, do what you can to free up the floor space.

Contact a retail fitout contractor for professional input on how to design your fashion store and increase traffic.