6 Best Practices for Keeping your Shop Front Neat and Tidy

Keeping your shop front clean is probably one of the most important things to do in order to keep your customers coming back, or wanting to come in in the first place. Though keeping it clean is obvious, there are many ways you could be keeping it visually pleasing and easy to maintain.

Ensure Products are of a high standard

There is nothing more irritating when cleaning your shop front windows and doors than seeing nothing but smudges and grease residue after a good fifteen minutes of getting to work. It’s important to use high quality products for the best shine, and ensure you have a good quality, clean and unused cloth.

Keep the Walls Clean

To some, this may be obvious. To others, not so much. It is just as important to keep the walls and frames around the shop front as clean as possible. Make sure there are no handprints or scratch marks, otherwise it will heavily reduce the quality of the display. It might be a good idea to invest in a steam cleaner, and clean as you go as opposed to deciding to clean it once a month.


Imagine your shop front displaying boutique dresses, stunning shoes, beautiful hats… On a dirty mannequin. As it is positioned directly in the window, natural light will make it very clear where the dirt is. Dust is also an issue as it will gather quite quickly, so it’s important to dust it down at least once a week.

Say Goodbye to Chipped Paint

There is nothing less appealing about a shop front than seeing chipped paint along the walls. It’s easy to think that keeping your shop front clean means to only think about the inside, but the outside needs just as much attention as that is what people see before they walk in. And if it’s not appealing on the outside, why would people want to see what’s on the inside? So get the paint out and start fixing up the exterior!

Good Lighting is Key

Why would you keep your display clean if no one is able to see it clearly? Good lighting showcases your best products and encourages your potential customers to engage! It’s also rather cost effective. Make sure lightbulbs are kept dusted and replaced if broken.


There are two reasons for keeping your shop front minimal. The first is that it looks better if you display your favourite items, and not as many as you can cram in there. Secondly, you will find it easier to clean around the shop front if you have less to move about. Though you don’t want your display to appear empty, you need to think about what is selling fast, what’s new and exclusive, and maybe what’s on sale!

Your shop front is the first thing people see when walking by, so you want to give them a reason to stop, look, and wander in to see what you have to offer. SRL Ltd understand the importance of a shop front for a business, which is why we offer tough, structural glass, as well as other double glazed units to help you showcase your products to the world. To see what we can do to help you get the most out of your shop front, talk to one of our team today.

Is your Shop Front bringing in Customers?

As a store owner, keeping your shop front design fresh and up to date can be difficult. Though many chain stores have to follow a specific brand guideline which they have been handed, independent store owners are working with their own design in mind. We have spoken before about the benefits of having bi-folding doors for your shop front, but it’s also important to know how to design around it to get the most from your investment.

Shop Front Design

When putting together the design for your shop front, you first need to establish the selling point for your store. First impressions are important, so you want your shop front to look inviting, as well as being a reflection of your service. Is your brand obvious? Is your display informative to the consumer? Will it leave people wanting to come in to see more?

Branding on your Shop Front

For customer loyalty, you need to keep up appearances. The shop front is the first thing people see, so if you don’t take care of it, you have a lower chance of bringing people in. this could have a big negative impact on your business.

By creating an eye catching shop front design, you have a higher chance of bringing in more consumers. It’s also important to make sure that the branding design is clean, clear and correct so people know where they are and what they are in for.

Shop Colour Scheme

A colour scheme is common in every well known store. Think about the main supermarkets around the UK, name them and then the colour that goes with them. They’re just so easy to remember! A colour scheme is there to grab people’s attention and make them think about you more. A good colour scheme choice for your shop front, as well as throughout, can turn into brand recognition, bringing in more customer loyalty.

It’s important to remember to stay consistent with your colour scheme and make sure it is relevant to your brand and the image you want to reflect onto potential customers. It is otherwise pointless to mix and match colours that hold no relevance to your brand or services.

As we have mentioned in the past, your business can go a long way after hours as well if you choose to invest in powder coating for your shop front shutters. If you were to pick a colour that goes in line with your branding, your business is likely to be recognised even when you’re closed.

Making your Shop Pop On the High Street

The high street is a busy place, but if you’re based in the heart of the shopping environment, it would be difficult to go unnoticed. It’s important to avoid clutter in and around your shop front so it doesn’t look too busy and overcrowded. Focus on your favourite items you wish to display in and around your shop front, and don’t go overboard with advertisement messages. Again, colour scheme is important and a well designed shop sign will have a big impact on bringing in customers.

Shop Front for Cafes and Bars

The way your furniture is displayed can have a big effect on how passers by view your business. Think about what seating looks most welcoming, bring that to the shop front so people are more likely to wander in for a place to relax before continuing with their day. Hard furniture may be easy to move around, but it doesn’t look so inviting when they wish to put their feet up mid-shop.


By ensuring that your shop front is appealing to the eye, internally and externally, you have a much higher chance of bringing in more customers. You will want to make the best first impressions, so having a well designed display and colour scheme in your shop front are key for grabbing people’s attention. If you want to bring a splash of colour to your shop, then why not take a look at our available powder coating colours for your shop front shutters, or get in touch to discuss how our experts can help your business make a great first impression.

Choosing the right Colour for your Shop Front

Your shop front shutters should be more than just a typical, grey covering to keep your business secure after hours. It’s an investment to keep you as safe as possible, but as we have mentioned before, it can be a fantastic way to keep people reminded that your shop or cafe is there and worth remembering, even when it is closed.
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Powder Coating: How Environmentally Friendly is it?

Most people who are looking to powder coat their shop fronts usually do so because they are looking for an option that is ecologically conscious and long lasting. Powder coating your shutters are a great way to keep them protected over the years while staying as environmentally friendly as possible. We have spoken briefly before about it having a better environmental factor, as well as other reasons to use powder coating, but today we are going to go more in depth.
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Your Business: 6 Reasons you need Bi-Folding Doors

When designing the interiors for your small business, not only will you need to consider your personal taste, but you need to be thinking about your customers. Whether you own a flower shop or a local bar or cafe, you may want to consider bi-folding doors as a way to make your business more welcoming. If you’re not entirely sure how this would work, our experts at SRL Ltd are here to share with you the benefits of putting bi-folding doors into your business interiors.
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Five Tips for Selecting New Patio Doors For Your Home

If you are looking to really define your outdoor living space, good patio doors are the best option. But with so many options available, how can you decide which type of door is the best for your home?

Whether it’s sliding, swinging, French or bi-fold patio doors there is greater flexibility today than ever before. Maybe you need to lead out into a large, outdoor living space that flows from your interior living space. Or maybe your requirement for a small balcony, or is it part of a large wall of windows.

Whatever your needs, you need a space that is consistent with your lifestyle and is the most convenient option. To create a truly custom design that complements your home’s architectural style and helps to define your outdoor living space, you need to take a number of factors into account. To help you do that, here are five patio door design tips from SRL Ltd.

1. Choose Your Opening Method Carefully

Swinging doors and French doors need room to open. When deciding on what kind of door is best for you, consider where your furniture is placed and how your wall placement. The opening method needs to work best for your space. If space is tight, think about  using a stationary panel with a single swinging door. Sliding doors also work well in any sized space.

2. Wider Doorways Mean Greater Access

It’s good to make a definite connection between your outdoor living space and your indoor space. A design that has a wide doorway will provide greater access a more open feel. Bi-folding patio door systems can be just the thing, or your might want to integrate multiple French and swing doors into your design.

3. Think About Your Glass

The glass is a major component of your new patio doors. Selecting the right type means choosing the ones with the most benefits and efficiencies. Low-E glass can really help to lower your energy bills all year, and also protects your soft furnishings and decoration against UV fading. Decorative tempered glass can offer a certain privacy, and is stylish too, while still letting in natural light. Options such as internal blinds or grills can be used to control the light and views through your doors.

4. Weather Proof Your Patio Doors

Your patio doors will be open to the elements, so it’s important to choose a material that is durable and easy to maintain. In some cases, your patio doors might become the main entrance to your home, so they will get lots of use. There are plenty of options available, including, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and clad-wood patio doors. Many of these weather extremely well and never need painting.

5. Match The Materials

The material of your patio door is equally important to your home’s overall look and should match your home’s exterior. The quality and style of your patio doors needs to complements your home. If you have wooden window frames, it is important to match this by using solid wood or high-end fiberglass patio door, rather than a PVC sliding door. French sliding doors can give more design options, because you can select the door style, accessories and glass. The more options you have, the better your ability to create the perfect look.

It’s easier than ever to make your outdoor living space feels like a natural extension of your home.

When it comes to patio doors, there are many new options for homeowners to choose from, like low-maintenance fiberglass that mimics the look of wood, architectural inspired-styles, decorative glass, custom colors and designs and energy efficient systems.

Talk to the experts at SRL to make the most of your Patio Door Options.

Powder Coating: For Vibrant Protection

Your business is a place you want people to remember, whether they have been before or whether they have seen it in passing. Though it is easy to catch the eye of potential customers when you are open, but what about after hours? Once that rolling shutter comes down, what makes people stop to take a second look? 
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Tips For Making The Most Of Your Shop Front

Your shop front literally your window onto the world. The design and way you manage your shop front speaks volumes about the value that is within. This is why it’s imperative to make the most of the opportunity your shop front design represents. 
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