Great crafting ideas for Christmas

Display your gifts with flare. Shopfittings Manchester offers a superb range of high quality gift bags, tissue paper and mail order packaging. Goods can be easily delivered in plenty of time for Christmas, alternatively if you are visiting Manchester why not drop into the shop to see the vast array of goods available.


Hanging rails to make any girls’ bedroom pretty in pink;a great storage solution and a perfect colour for any princess. Need somewhere to store your favourite ‘must have’ handbags? Shopfittings Manchester has the answer.

paper carrier bags in many colours




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Which Coat Hanger?

Which coat hanger do I buy?

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Shopfittings Manchester have been helping customers answer this question for many years and usually start by trying to get the answer to the following questions:-

1. What is the coat hanger to be used for ie domestic, retail etc
2. What items of clothing will the coat hangers be used for
3. What is the customer’s budget
4. Is space an issue ie the thinner the coat hanger the more hanging space
5. Is the ascetic appeal of the hanger important or is it just the function
6. What materials does the customer prefer ie wood metal plastic



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Home Storage Solutions

Like many professional shop fittings supply companies, we often receive requests from domestic customers, who need help with garment storage. Many of the products we supply to retailers can also be used in the domestic environment and are normally made with more robust and durable materials than their traditional “homewear” equivalents.


The two main areas where we can normally help are freestanding clothes rails and wall-mounted chrome tube systems.

Retail-quality garment rails are made from heavy grade steel and are available in a range of widths, with options for different types of bases. The height can be adjusted using various extension tubes and centre bars can be added to provide double hanging rails. There is also a variety of accessories available for this range.  Although clothes rails tend to be supplied in the traditional black, chrome, or white, we are sometimes asked to provide them in custom colours. This is something we and other established garment rail suppliers are able to offer, if a viable quantity of rails is ordered.

Double hanging rails and folding rails are often popular with customers, who need to use garment rails on a temporary, or occasional basis (e.g. clothes rails for car boot sales, moving house etc).

Another solution, popular with both professional retailers and home customers, is chrome tube, which provides an option for more permanent installations. Commercial quality chrome tube comes with many fittings, which make the system very flexible. Retail quality chrome tube and fittings are made to withstand the rigours of commercial use and are still very competitively priced when compared with other options for domestic garment hanging and storage. Chrome tube is available in a range of lengths, which can be cut to suit a customer’s individual requirements. The range of chrome tube fittings includes various wall-mounted sockets, brackets and accessories.


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Retail Solutions for a Recession

As an old established shop fittings supply company, we are used to observing and responding to changing trends in the shop fittings and display equipment market. However, in the last few years we have noticed a dramatic change in our customers’ attitudes to purchasing. We have found that the effects of the recession have reduced the budgets available for major refits of retail outlets and shaken retailers’ confidence in making such investments. Traditionally, refits would involve wholesale changes, including major joinery projects, such as the replacement of all slatwall panels, floor coverings etc.

Our customers are now looking for more cost-effective solutions, allowing them to create an aesthetically pleasing retail space, whilst minimising disruption and expense.

Many shop fittings suppliers, such as Shopfittings Manchester, now offer ranges of competitively-priced shop fittings and display equipment, which are designed to help fashion retailers and other retail outlets modify their retail spaces dramatically, whilst keeping a lid on costs. These retail solutions include wall-mounted systems, such as “horizon“, “gridwall“ and “ladderwall” which are surface-mounted shop fittings; these are attached directly to upright surfaces by means of a few secure fixings. The benefit of this type of fashion display is that the shop fittings are mounted directly to walls, which at the most might only need a lick of paint. It is often also possible to install surface-mounted shop fittings on existing wall space, without the need for any major financial outlay, or disruption to trading.


We have also seen a growing trend for customers to buy freestanding shop fittings such as feature display rails, clothes rails and “totem” (vertical) display products. Most freestanding fashion display rails are very versatile and provide the flexibility to revitalise retail floor space dramatically. This allows fashion retailers to display clothing, using eye-catching and contemporary display equipment, without having to employ expensive shop-fitting companies.

Another main staple of the retail trade, which has been affected by the recession, is the humble carrier bag. Many of our independent retailers are moving away from individual bespoke printed carrier bags and are switching to plain or stock-designed bags. These are not only more competitively priced, but save retailers having to commit to the expense of having large quantities of bags printed, which often tie up vital storage space.


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