By Patricia Delp, Designers Desk
Note: Patricia and her
team’s innovation, the Sliding Space Saver, was recognized at the June 2012
NeedleArts Trade Show as a TNNA Needlearts Business Innovation Awards winner. The
program is a joint project of TNNA and Hart
When we relocated Designers Desk to Geneva, IL, in 2011, I
designed a plan for the most efficient and user-friendly layout of the thread
room for the use of customers, teachers and staff, including myself. The room
between the entry room, with its staff desk, and the stairs to the upper-level rooms
for cross-stitch, framing and classes, was allocated to our large inventory of
threads. Threads are grouped by supplier and style, with all colors of a given
thread hung on pegs on 2x8-ft. pegboards.
The top and bottom of each board is mounted on wheels inserted in slots
cut in thin metal brackets, which permits the boards to slide in either
direction. This permits the user to slide boards and view boards further back
in the display area.
The boards are placed about 10 in. apart in alcoves on both
sides of the thread room. There are six parallel layers of pegboards in each
alcove, with four sliding boards in each layer. The layout of the boards (with
the ability to slide them) maximizes the display area and permits several
persons to use the thread room at the same time. Fluorescent ceiling fixtures provide
excellent lighting to facilitate color selection.
Customers, teachers and staff are very much "at
home" with our thread room, and quickly learn to search it, select threads
and get back to work with little or no guidance. The Sliding Space Saver
display boards have been an important contribution to the success of the thread
room. Full color choices of desired threads on a single flat surface make it
easier to pull threads for canvasses.
We have had uniformly positive comments from our customers,
and we plan to apply the idea for maximizing display space for accessories and
other needlepoint supplies.