1. Use all available space – even the problem areas 

In small store premises, it’s important to think outside the box and utilise all available space for your shop floor.

Problem areas, such as protruding chimney breasts can potentially be transformed into a nook for your till point or in-built storage drawers. Speak to an ASF advisor or your refurbishment contractor to find out how. At the very least, in-built units, positioned around – or inside – the seemingly unusable area, are a perfectly viable option. You’ll be surprised at what you can fit in.

Bonus tip: It helps to think vertically when you choose your small room décor – are you utilising all of the possible space above your units?

2. Add a pop of colour with a bold focal wall

Your instinct might be to shy away from using bold colours or overly busy patterns on your walls. But, while it may seem counter-intuitive, having a focal point for your small café or shop can actually create the illusion of more space.

How does this work? Simple. A bold statement wall creates a single, defining central point, drawing the eye in and distracting from the size of the rest of the room.

Bonus tip: Painting your ceiling in a lighter shade than your walls will create the illusion of height.

3. Create extra space with your shop layout 

The position of your display units will have a huge bearing on the overall sense of space your business provides.

Related: Best types of store layout to suit your business

Although it might be tempting to go for the conventional grid floor plan, which utilises all available wall and shop floor space in straight, even lines, you should consider your other options too.

For instance, a free flow floor plan, coupled with floor to ceiling units around the edge of the room, will provide an open-plan feel to your space, while also providing ample opportunity to showcase your wares in a dynamic and interesting way.

4. Eradicate clutter with clever storage solutions

It will come as no surprise to hear that clutter can instantly make your room seem smaller. However, you may find that smaller premises won’t provide a separate space to store excess stock.

To create the impression of space in your shop, design some nifty storage solutions to keep your clutter at bay. Even something simple such as an above door shelving unit or a skirting board-height cupboard can provide ample space for surplus stock.

5. Illuminate your entire space

You’ll be amazed at the difference a few extra lights can make to your little shop. Vital square footage can be lost if dark corners aren’t properly lit. Use a variety of lighting solutions to illuminate your space – lamps, spotlights and picture lights, for instance. These will create layers of light which will make your space appear larger.


Do you have a small premises for your business? Get in touch to find out how our shopfitters can help you.