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5 Ways to Make Your Garden Center More Petite-Friendly

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “Good things come in small packages.” While that might not always be true, petite people continue to represent a large portion of the population. And as more and more of these smaller individuals opt to live in urban areas, villa-style housing (or Garden Center) has become increasingly popular. Rather than viewing this shift as a drawback, savvy business owners are using it as an opportunity to revamp their products and services to attract a new demographic. If you run a Garden Center and want to appeal to smaller customers, here are five ways you can make your center more petite-friendly:



Double-check your measurements

One of the first things you should do when making your Garden Center more petite-friendly is to double-check your measurements. Most items are manufactured in one standard size, but smaller people may prefer, for example, coffee mugs that are about half the normal size. If you’re selling standard-sized products, petite customers might feel like they’re swimming in them or find them awkward to use, which can be frustrating. If you notice that your smaller customers are struggling with your standard-sized products, consider offering a selection of petite products. Similarly, if your furniture is too large for smaller individuals, it might feel awkward to sit or stand on it. For example, extra-large couches or chairs may look nice but be difficult for petite customers to use. You might want to consider offering a range of smaller items, such as café tables, chairs, and lawn furniture.


Offer a selection of small furniture

Besides standard-sized items, you might want to consider offering a selection of petite furniture. This could include petite tables, chairs, and sofas. If you do this, though, you should be aware that the smaller items may require a larger space to accommodate them. This can be especially important to keep in mind if you have indoor seating. If you have outdoor seating, you can use smaller tables and chairs to save space. If you want to offer petite furniture, you should also pay attention to fabrics and patterns. Petite people are more likely to be sensitive to certain fabrics, such as wool or polyester. You may want to steer clear of these fabrics in high-use areas, such as seating, and instead opt for fabrics like cotton or linen.


Keep pathways and aisles clear

The next way to make your Garden Center more petite-friendly is to keep pathways and aisles clear. This means making sure the aisles are wide enough for petite people to navigate and pathways are free of obstacles like toys or large pots of flowers that are too tall for petite customers to see over. To create a clear pathway, you might want to consider using a petite or wheeled ladder, such as a telescoping ladder, to reach items high above the pathway. You may also want to use a wheeled cart or basket for carrying heavy items in aisles that have lower shelves. Large baskets can also help you keep pathways clear by storing items that are not in use.


Provide comfortable seating options

Another way to make your Garden Center more petite-friendly is to provide comfortable seating options. If there are seating areas in your center, petite people may want a lower-to-the-ground sofa or chair that they can sit in with their knees bent. You might want to use smaller, lower-to-the-ground seating in these areas. You might also want to consider offering cushions with removable covers so smaller customers can easily clean them. If you use wooden furniture, you may also want to consider using a lighter wood, such as cedar, to keep it from getting too heavy for smaller customers. Petites garden center


Offer petite-friendly food options

If you sell prepared food in your Garden Center, you should consider offering petite-friendly food options. This could include smaller-sized sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, and salads. You might also want to use smaller plates or bowls to keep portion sizes in check. You may also want to consider offering smaller-sized utensils. Smaller customers may prefer to use a fork or spoon with a shorter handle. If you offer coffee and tea, you might also want to serve smaller-sized drinks, such as espresso or Americano and tea in a mug.



As the population continues to shift toward smaller individuals, businesses will have to adapt to remain successful. One way to do this is to make your business more petite-friendly. When making your Garden Center more petite-friendly, you should double-check your measurements, keep pathways and aisles clear, offer a selection of small furniture, provide comfortable seating options, and offer petite-friendly food options. When you do this, you can attract a new demographic and make your business more successful.

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