Corner Sample Display

Cyndi Ryder

True Grumbler
Mar 15, 2003
Two Harbors, MN
O.K. - first let me say that I did do a search and I didn't find an answer to my question. So, now I will ask for suggestions from all of you who have been doing this for longer than I.

When diplaying corner samples do you show them by vendor and line or by color?

We are in the process of moving everything into a larger design room and I was wondering what works better - by line or color?

Thanks for your help!

This HAS been discussed before, but I would have no idea what to search for. Somebody probably posted it on the homemade equipment forum and titled it "Help! I Don't Know What To Do!"

The important thing is what works for you and makes it easiest to put your finger on a particular moulding. The more you show, the harder this gets.

A long-time employee of mine, who was an excellent designer, liked to keep them sorted by color. I like to keep them in "families," providing the vendor's families make any sense at all. Sometimes we'd argue about it and I had to remind her who wrote the checks. Then she'd remind me who did most of the design. We should have been married.

L-J's families usually make very good design sense and I even hang the fillets with the rest of the group so I don't forget about them.

Some vendors don't assign any group names to mouldings and their burls, for example, will end up in the row with the L-J Kensingtons.

The smartest thing I've done with frame samples is to put a number at the top of each row. The same number is written (with pencil, since these things move around) on the sample's label and is also in the computer moulding database. Nobody puts samples away but me and it's easy to figure out where they go and find the next time.

I also have a rotating schedule - a row-at-a-time - of removing each sample, dusting it off, checking for damage and loose labels or velcro and ordering replacements as needed. It takes me a month (a few mintes each day) to get through all of them. Then I start over.

Sometimes I feel like Cinderella - before the ball.
You're just way too efficient

We group our corners by vendor, and then (in the case of L/J) in "families" - Moulding from other suppliers are grouped by color or finish because most customers have an idea as to where the finished frame will hang and it makes it easier for us to assist them in picking the right shade to compliment both the artwork & their decor.
I've done it both ways, and prefer color. However, I do have Picture Woods in their own group, since their finishes are interchangable, and their product looks better set apart.

I like to put the more expensive mouldings at eye level, and the lower priced items lower on the wall.
Like Pamela, we generally go by color. That means that most "families" stay close together but not always. When customers are looking for "cherry", and it doesn't matter if it's "Nurre Caxton cherry" or "LJ cherry".

By using our POS reports and knowing what sells (vs. what's cool) we lay out our wall so best sellers are eye level, behind the design table. "Eye Candy" goes close to the front door to be seen, best sellers behind the table. We fill in the bottom of the rows with poor sellers, problem cuts, etc.

We also put framed samples on the molding wall. A sample shadowbox, for example, is in the row with shadowbox moldings. It works great, draws attention to the samples and gets LOTS of customer attention.

I find that when I'm designing, I am looking for a particular color or style. Therefore, we have our mouldings on the wall by color. There are some areas that are by style, ie rustic, burl, bamboo ish.

If a customer wants a gold frame, they go to the gold wall. If they want a blue frame, all blue frames are in the same area. I find it makes things alot easier that running around the shop pulling mouldings from different areas.

Having the mouldings group by family does have more of a dynamic look to it though. But we break up the wall by hanging art framed with a moulding from that section.
I'll bet most of the serious designer-types, like Pamela and my ex-employee, like samples sorted by color.

Technicians like me like them in neat little groups by profile. I think families should stick together and segregation by color is just wrong.

I'll often start a moulding search during a design session by grabbing a handful of different woods or finishes in a single profile.

Maybe Mike will want to do a poll sometime.
Thank you all for your input. I, too, have tried both ways and my personal preference is for color but I wanted to know if I was on the right track or not.

My reason for liking color seems to be a little different than has been mentioned though (In My Very Humble Opinion). When my customers come in it seems to be less intimidating to them to have what visually appears as large blocks of color rather than the individual lines together with the color jumbled up.

I also arranged by color in order to be able to use the bottom parts of my walls more effectively.

If the industry gurus said display by line then I would have had to rethink my plans.

Thanks All!

Its a great idea for a poll, but I have two going at the moment. Don't want to overdo it

We sort ours by finish & color, mixing all the vendors together. The good stuff is at eye level, water gildeds are together, real gold frames are together, and the metals are in the back room.

They're all barcode labelled for the POS, but we haven't noted all the locations (good idea though Ron).

Andy likes to re-do the walls every 3 months, so it would take more time keeping up with him and noting changes than it would to get anything done

Did anyone see the wall in one of the trade magazines last week? (the mouldings went every direction, in a star type design.) Pretty cool. It inspired us to experiment with one of our walls, which now hangs like a forward slash / / / /. Does anyone else display their mouldings in a manner other than | | | | ?