8 things you need to know about planning a fitout, from an expert

As a new business owner, you must pay attention to your fitout, especially if customers or clients visit your business premises. A good fitout can give the impression that you are a reputable company and help them decided whether to deal with you or not. That being said, I’ve seen many business owners splurge on fitouts in Brisbane, only to end up with a poor result.

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Statistics reveal that the average cost of a fitout in Brisbane costs anywhere between $400 – $1,000 per sqm (depending on the level of your fitout). As such, its vital that you do all the necessary planning before your fitout commences to ensure your costs are kept at a minimum.

Continue reading this article as I list out 8 tips for you to consider before you plan your fitout. These tips are coming to you straight from someone with over 30 years of experience in the shopfitting industry, so listen up!

1. Cut out unwanted costs

Before you jump into planning any fitouts in Brisbane, you should always look to cut out any unwanted costs. Ideally, you should look for a space which does not require any demolition or alteration. However, this is not always possible. In such cases, you should seek the services of Brisbane shopfitters, such as us at Xtreme, who have the creativity to alter a space without the need of any demolition. Quality shopfitters will be able to change the specifications of your base without incurring heavy costs.

2. Maximise your space

Whenever I start a new fitout in Brisbane, my first goal is to maximise the available space as much as possible. Dynamic spaces allow for many activities and collaboration and can help improve workflow, as also the relationships between workgroups. To maximise your space, consider using as few permanent fixtures or furniture as possible. Go for a modular arrangement, while keeping workstations in one place. A dynamic space will allow your business to adapt to any workforce changes quickly.

3. Cut down the churn

You should always plan your fitout to increase efficientcy. Understand that when your business is undergoing change, people will not be able to work in a normal manner and this can result in lost productivity. At Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery, we aim to minimise efficiently in all the fitouts in Brisbane that we install. Makinging use of a flexible workspace is an effective way to address these issues. Flexible workspaces allow employees to move spaces and continue work, without the need of changing the layout, design or seating.

4. Understand your requirements

I’ve noticed that many business owners simply jump into designing their fitouts without paying proper attention to their requirements first. Make sure that you avoid this mistake. Plan your fitout according to your requirements. Ask yourself what the purpose of the fitout is – to motivate employees, to boost productivity, to impress clients or to rebrand your business. By always speaking to a local Brisbane shopfitter about your needs, your objectives will be more likely to be achieved.

5. Always keep safety in mind

Safety cannot be overlooked and you must keep this in mind when designing your fitout. You must never take any risks with the safety and health of your employees and your associates. At Xtreme, our shopftters are well versed with safety requirements to ensure that the fitouts in Brisbane that we create offer a safe working environment for your staff. By working with us, you can ensure that all your workers and those coming in to visit you will be safe at all times in your building.

6. Keep your business running

One of the biggest challenges of designing a fitout or going through a renovation is to keep the business running normally. This problem can be best handled by professionals, such as our shopfitters here at Xtreme, who will work such that your crucial departments are left undisturbed. You can also consider getting your fitout done out of your business hours.

7. Design to match your brand

Your fitout should always reflect your brand and your philosophy. Using outdated furniture or fixtures can send conflicting messages about your image and your brand, so you must avoid this. Strengthen your branding message as much as possible by using colours, partitions, fixtures and artwork. Make sure that you keep things flexible and keep scope for future growth as well.

8. Consider professional help

Planning fitouts in Brisbane can be an expensive and time consuming affair, especially if you have not hired shopfitters for the project. Shopfitters will save you both time and money. Do not attempt to take up a fitout project on your own if you do not have adequate resources or skills.


When it comes to planning fitouts in Brisbane, it pays to invest your money wisely. Try to cut out unwanted costs and increase your businesses efficiency. Also, understand your personal requirements and maximise your space as much as possible. Lastly, the design of your fitout should reflect your business branding.

If you’re looking for a team to manage your fitouts in Brisbane, then consider Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery. We have completed countless fitouts in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and all other major Australian cities. Our team know the industry inside out and can help create your fitout efficiently and effectively. Don’t delay, pick up the phone and call 07 5564 7525 today.

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Ingrid Latham

About Ingrid Latham

Ingrid Latham is co-owner of Xtreme Shopfitting and Joinery and has been associated with the shopfitting industry for over 15 years. She has a vast array of knowledge when it comes to promoting a store and increasing foot traffic. Follow her on Google+ or