small business repurposing
When an item is made & sold expressly for commercial use the price seems to go way up. Small business owners are faced with a barrage of expenses and one way to save money is to repurpose. In this example of repurposing, a local Pilates/Yoga/Dance studio was in need of a sign in area for their entry way. The wish list for this area included: something that made the sign in area more visible, a multi-height structure to make the area comfortable to utilize while standing, storage for commonly used materials & supplies, a divider between common space & employee space, a structure that fit in the limited entry way space that did not block the flow of traffic, a place to display announcements.
A look around the business owner's home provided a great (and nearly free) solution!
A high quality, solid wood baby changing dresser was the perfect size to fit the space. The back of the dresser was painted with chalkboard paint & a cork bulletin board was added. This became the front of the new sign in counter/work station. The total cost of this project would be for supplies and was under $40.
This side, which faces the employee area, provides storage for frequently used items. The unit divides the entry way from the staff area without stopping the flow of traffic.
Chalkboard paint turns any surface into an area for reminders or announcements & corkboard strips are a simple, inexpensive way to display fliers, promotions, or interesting articles. These details also draw attention to the area, making the sign in area visible. The two different heights of the changing table make this unit work well as a counter top.
This project is at Pilates Plus of Schaumburg. Located in Schaumburg, Illinois at Roselle Rd. & Weathersfield Way. They offer a variety of fitness classes, personal training, parties, & equipment classes in a welcoming environment. Support small business in your community! Check them out at www.pilatesmindbody.com
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