The different types of windows configurations you are likely to encounter: Keep these in mind when designing a store plan because they can help determine what sort of store display area you can have and how it will effect the rest of the interior spaces. You have to consider the + and - of each of these solutions while your are designing your floor plan!
Straight Front Windows
In this floor plan you see the "straight front windows" on either side of the entrance. This allows for good sight lines while passing by but could be a problem if you see the windows from the sides on your way inside the store. *(Click on image for a closer look)
Arcade style windows
This floor plan features the use of what is termed "arcade style" windows. This entices the viewer to look at the windows and the merchandise from all sides. Keep in mind this could pose security issues too. *(Click image for a closer look)
Featured here are "angled storefront windows" though challenging to work with from a visual merchandising standpoint this configuration can offer exciting possibilities and a unique use of space. *(Click for a closer look)
Don't forget the relationship the window style you choose to the interior of the store!
Note how here we see a floor plan drawing (to scale) of a set of windows as they relate to the stock room area. Think about how you could gain access to these windows if you had large props. In some cases it would be difficult as in the case of the window access door in the storage area. Also consider the safety factor(s), could a customer gain easy access to windows and the merchandise when no one is looking? Are you sure? Could a small child get lost or hurt in the space behind the window. Most importantly, could you actually work in a window without disrupting the sales floor? *(Click to enlarge)