Deciding on the perfect cigar humidor to display your cigars for a retail presentation can be a bit daunting. The 3 options are to purchase a wholesale cigar humidor, build your own cabinet style humidor, or build a walk-in humidor. We will address the pros and cons of each.
But first let's define what a cigar humidor even is shall we? A humidor is simply a humidified space. That's it! As long wherever you display your cigars is properly humidified (read more about that here) then that space is technically a humidor!
Purchasing a cigar humidor
This is a great option if you plan on stocking fewer than 100 boxes of cigars. Especially if less than 30 or so. Unless if you know any good, affordable wood workers this will be your most cost effective way to go. They are all lined with Spanish cedar and have tight fitting doors to seal in the humidity. The largest style cases are approximately 6' tall and 4' wide and will hold up to 50 boxes. They are ready to go right out of the box.
Building a cigar humidor
This is a nice option if you, or someone you know is adept at cabinetry. This allows you to customize the cabinet to your exact specs and colors. All you need to keep in mind is a few items.
- The interior should ideally be lined in Spanish cedar to get that traditional cedar smell. It's not totally necessary though, it's just customary. You just won't get that nice smell otherwise.
- The doors should be tight fitting and have good weather sealing strips applied to any loose areas to keep the humidity sealed in. You don't need to overdo this, just do the best you can.
- Make sure the shelves angle down so your customers can see your cigars.
- Adjustable shelves are nice because it allows you to move shelves around for unusual shaped cigar boxes and extra room on the bottom for humidifiers (that can vary quite a bit in size based on what you choose).
Building a walk-in humidor
This can be a very cost effective project if you plan on stocking more than 50 boxes of cigars. It is definitely more cost effective than building or buying individual cases. A walk-in cigar humidor is a fairly simple project. Usually it is placed in the corner of a room and then 2 additional walls are built out with a door for access. Craigslist and Angie's List yields plenty of qualified dry wallers that can handle the entire project.
Otherwise, there are a couple things to address when building a walk-in cigar humidor.
- Refer above to items 1, 3 and 4.
- Understand how best to humidify your walk-in humidor (read more about that here)
- Don't build shelves too low as customers won't want to bend all the way to look at those cigars. Try to keep the shelves all higher than your waist. You can use shelves lower than that to hold back-up cigar boxes so you can sell full boxes of cigars.
- Build an island in the middle of your room that has a top large enough to display stuff. This is a great place to promote other items, events, complimentary items like humidors, ashtrays, hats, etc.
- Make your walk-in well designed with nice design elements like well chosen art on a wall or two. You want your walk-in cigar humidor to be a place where people want to linger.
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