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8 Common Types of Retail Store Windows

By on October 22, 2014 — Updated on October 24, 2014

Going back to basic, a window is defined as an opening, usually covered clear glass, in an shop which allows people to view the shop and its product from outside (Wiktionary).

The first recorded use of plate-glass store windows is in 1909 by Gordon Silfriges in London where window lights were left on at night to allow people see the presentation even if the store is close.

Nowadays, different types of windows are coming out. They vary from sizes, purpose and location, and the term store window or display window do not necessarily refer to an opening in front of the store or on the any side of the store.

Let us get acquainted with the eight common types of store windows:

1. Closed Windows – large glass panel at the front and solid wall at the back.

2. Semi-closed Windows – large glass panel at the front and half-covered at the back so that the inside of the store is partially visible.

3. Open-back Windows – large glass panel at the front and no wall at the back

4. Open Window (or No Window) – no glass panel and no solid wall.

5. Elevated Windows – it can either be closed or open window that is located in a higher level.

6. Corner Windows – windows that are located at the corner of the building and are seen from two directions.

7. Island Windows – these are the stand-alone windows that are often located at the lobby of a big store.

8. Shadow Boxes – small box-like windows that are usually used for jewelry and cosmetics displays.

There are other types of windows which I have not mentioned here, but whatever is the type of window you are using, the underlying principles to make it effective never change.

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One Comment

  1. Mazid Irshad

    January 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm


    I like this post.Your presenting way of retail window is awesome.This post is helpful for all retailers.Keep up your work.

    Thank’s for sharing this nice post!
    Have a nice day!
    Mazid Irshad

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