Acrylic is a kind of plastic used in display cases around the world, and acrylic display cases in the UK are increasingly popular. Acrylic is clearer than most glass, even plate glass, which tends to have a green tint at the edges. This transparency is especially important if the items you place in the display case are small and finely detailed, like earrings, watches, rings and other items of jewellery. You want your customers to be able to see the items at their most sparklingly attractive. Acrylic is also used in motorcycle helmet visors, so you know it will meet high visibility standards.
Acrylic is both strong and durable. It can support heavy weights, and is more resistant to physical impact than glass. The protective barriers which surround ice hockey rinks are made of acrylic. The reason for that? It is clear enough to allow the audience to enjoy every detail of the game, but tough enough to withstand the impact of flying pucks. If the items in the display case are valuable, they are vulnerable. Acrylic is, therefore, a good way of protecting your livelihood. It is also extremely long lasting.
The flexibility of acrylic means that it can be shaped in many different ways, and given rounded corners or square corners. It also means that it’s easy to design, make and duplicate original display stands and cases, which is very useful if you want identical pieces in several stores.
Glass cases can be remarkably heavy, but acrylic display cases do not have the same problem. They are relatively light and therefore easy to move around when you want to change your displays – something you and your employees are bound to appreciate. Acrylic is also very easy to clean and resistant to chemicals.
It’s not perfect
No material is absolutely perfect. The main drawback of acrylic is that it is less scratch resistant than glass. Over time, wear and tear on an acrylic case can build up, and it becomes less transparent and more obviously damaged. Fortunately, there is a solution to this, as acrylic can be treated by applying paste wax to the surface, which will make it scratch resistant without affecting its transparency.
What to look for in display supplies
The exact display supplies you require will depend on the nature of your business and what you need to display. If you run a retail business, you will probably want to display the items you sell, especially your more desirable products or any new or discounted items. It’s a good idea to draw attention to the unique qualities of your products or your business itself with hanging displays. You can use items such as cable display systems or connector systems to advertise any special promotions you are running or to highlight information about your products. If you are a service-based business without physical products to display, such display systems are vital to advertise your offerings and attract the attention of passing pedestrians or motorists.
Any display systems you buy should be of high quality. Ideally, they should come from a specialist supplier who has worked with a wide range of businesses and can fully understand your needs. Depending on your requirements, you might also want to opt for a more flexible display system that you can change over time. Think about whether your display requirements are seasonal and whether you tend to run a lot of special promotions throughout the year. If your window displays are regularly changing, you might be able to save money in the long run by choosing a display system that gives you the flexibility to use it in a number of different ways.
The importance of branding
Whether you are an established business or a new start-up, it’s vital that you cultivate an instantly recognisable and memorable brand. The right window display equipment can help you do this. By using display supplies to promote your brand, you will establish a strong identity and ensure your premises stand out. Installing a simple cable display system in your window allows you to display an ever-changing variety of posters, informational literature or promotional flyers, all pushing your brand identity and message. Window space is often wasted, so turning this space into an advert for your company helps promote your business with minimal outlay. The best supplies will allow you to use them in a variety of ways to perfectly suit your unique needs.