A Designing Guide for Shop Front Blinds

A shop front is a prominent factor to the has to be alluring enough for shoppers to enter. A few researchers studied the behavioural patterns of shoppers and concluded that people tend to enter a shop which has an appealing outlook. If two shops selling identical products are located next to each other, the one with a presentable entrance always gets more customers. So, if you are planning to set up a shop, you may want to give more attention to the detailing of the shop entrance. Shop front blinds is what you need to add colour and interest to your shop entrance. But getting shopfront blinds is not as easy as you think it to be.

Shop Front Blinds

There are several factors to consider and a lot of analysis involved:

The design and colours of the shop needs to sync with the street scene and you need to ensure that the blind style if they are appropriate to the period and character of the area. Extra care is needed in the selection of an appropriate blind style and fabric if your shop is located in conservation areas. Correct detailing and traditional styling is also required for such buildings. Also, some 18th and 19th century buildings may be so intricately detailed that a blind would only stand out oddly. In such cases, you can go for internal blinds. For example, curved, rigid framed or fixed blinds are too modern for conservation areas or streets which have the 19th century style as they are unsympathetic with the character of such buildings and areas. Blinds made of plastic or very bright, fluorescent, glossy materials would also be inappropriate. The most preferred material is canvas with a matt finish.

Blinds called traditional canvas roller or apron blinds are commonly used old 90s style shopfronts and are greatly suitable in older parts of the city and shopfronts of even older periods. These shop front blinds have the best advantage of being almost invisible when retracted into a slot provided at the top of the shop front opening. They are called blind boxes and they must be fitted above the glass door and more preferably on the underside of the soffit in order to avoid obscuring any architectural or designing detail.

There are some old style buildings which are visually robust enough to take a modern store front blind. In such cases, you can choose any type of blind that is well suited within the opening. However, it is unwise to consider modern buildings in isolation if they are located in a street which is designed in a 19th century style. The street scene and the area character both are crucial as well.

Shop Front Blinds

Old traditional buildings which are designed in a way that blinds blend with the design, can have any type of blinds if they are concealed behind a traditional, detailed valance and have no printed advertisements on them.

You sometimes need a planning committee’s permission for blinds that do not carry lettering or symbols. Also, blinds that do carry symbols or lettering may not always need permission unless there is advertisement on them. Thus, in any case it is safe toget advice from the Council Design Officers of Development & Planning Services prior to installing a shop front blind. So that there are no issues after the installation.

There are several highway regulations as well while putting up a shop front blind. The most important one is that there should be a minimum of 1m width of clearance from the outer edge of the blind to the kerb line and the height must not be less than 2.14m measured from the pavement level to the underside of the blind.

These tips and regulations are perfect to guide you to get the right shop front blind for your shop and make it more attractive and presentable.


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