There are many things that you have to consider while designing a retail space. The atmosphere has to be attractive, engaging but also comfortable. Why? Because, if people are not comfortable walking in your store, they will leave soon, or may become irritable and leave without buying anything. The floors also have to be comfortable for yourself and your employees. Bad floors will not let the salespersons or other employees do their job well. Back aches and leg aches will reduce their productivity. The floor also must make the atmosphere look more energetic and vibrant such that the staff feels motivated to work. A dull floor will make the staff feel dull. Hence, looks and comfort have to be balanced well.
The following commercial flooring options can be considered for retail spaces:
Rubber retail flooring is a very popular option amongst retailers these days. It is all natural, environment-friendly and can be recycled. Rubber being a soft base is very comfortable on the heels and soles of feet. It is durable and is very suitable for high-traffic areas, which makes it suitable for malls and gyms. It is also very easy to maintain, without regular mopping. The only disadvantage could be the cost, its lack of variety and colors to experiment with the designs.
Commercial Cork flooring even beats rubber flooring in comfort. It is soft and comfy. It makes customers at ease as soon as they enter the store. They give a sense of warmth into the room just like wood floors. When used in high traffic areas, cork flooring usually needs a seal such as a wax surface, to protect it from scratches and stains. The wax will have to be reapplied periodically.
Carpeting is another great option. It is obviously comfortable. It gives the environment a more homely look and automatically makes the customer feel at ease. The look is soft to the eyes too. Maintaining is rather easy- it is simple vacuuming. But carpeting can have its disadvantages too. It stains, and when it does, it is not easy to get rid of. Spills have to be wiped immediately. Carpets collect dust and dirt and over time, with high traffic, it will fade. The carpet will begin to look worn out.
Vinyl flooring is such a versatile option, both as a retail flooring option and also for homes. It is durable and very suited for high-traffic areas. No scratches or dents. Vinyl flooring is stain and water resistant. Mopping, vacuuming and dry mopping can do the job of maintenance. There is no worry of cleaning agents dissolving with the substances of the floor. When installed over a padded subsurface, it feels softer and more comfortable. The biggest advantage is that it is available in most colors and designs as compared to the above options. Thus this allows every person to design according to their taste.
The above retail flooring options are not just comfortable but also good-looking. With the right interiors and the right floors, customers will never want to leave your store!