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Business Best Practices: User-friendly room layout

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 28, 2012

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 Business Research.

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.

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