Whether you own and run a coffee lounge, cocktail bar, high street store or simply a local corner shop, there are times when you can be so busy tallying up numbers and sorting the books that you forget how important the interior décor of your property is. If business is a bit slow, a fresh new look might be just the thing your shop needs. Hiring an interior designer is always a helpful place to start, but before you dive into the deep end there are still a number of important things to consider.
Firstly, think about the extent of your refurbishment project and how much you want done; are you simply looking for some new furnishings, wallpaper and accessories; perhaps a lick of paint here and there? Or will extensive restructuring of the layout of your shop be necessary? Will you need to hire an electrician and/or plumber? Think carefully about your plans and draw up a realistic budget to help keep yourself in check. To get some ideas flowing, look through interior design magazines, or visit showrooms or friends shops that have recently been redecorated; think about your own personal preferences in colour, pattern, fabric and styles and what is best suited to the atmosphere you are looking for. Although an interior designer will be able to offer quality professional advice you don’t want to end up with a garish new room that doesn’t gel with the design most suitable in attracting customers.
If you are looking to restructure the layout of your shop, will you need to hire an architect? It sounds a little excessive, but they will be able to sort out all the necessary measurements, as well as provide fresh blueprints and detailed drawings and designs that should reflect how you envision your new shop interior. They are also trained to maximise use of light and space and recommend ways in which you can avoid extensive rewiring of the property. Once you have figured out the scope of your refurbishment and have some design ideas in mind, it’s time to start thinking more specifically about what interior furnishings you’re looking for:
If you have an interest in your shop refurbishment project it is always tempting to get stuck in yourself and do a bit of DIY – which is fine as long as you have the competence and necessary skills. If you are unsure about anything – right down to painting – you could always opt to hire contractors to do the job properly; you don’t want customers to be scared off by a drab and unprofessional finish to the shop décor.
The cost of your refurbishment will vary considerably depending on the scale of the makeover and how many different contractors you will need, but generally a simple paint and accessories job (no plumbing or rewiring) will cost between £5,000 and £15,000; while something more extensive can cost as much as £50,000. Either way, look upon the refurbishment as a necessary investment – within weeks your newly-branded shop should see a surge in customers and significant rise in sales – helping you reap the rewards of your hard work.