The right floor plan and layout for your salon is important to insure a smooth flow of clients and staff. How you choose to layout hairdressing equipment and salon workstations affects the overall aesthetic of the salon. Whether you’re working with an architect to custom design your own floor plan, or you have to make do with a pre-constructed space, there are a number of options to help you create the perfect layout.
Use a Computer Program
With advanced technology you can see a computer image of what your prospective space will look like with your ideal floor plan and layout. Some computer programs are sold as individual discs, while others are used through a website that allows you to download a virtual salon designer. Some websites will charge, while others will offer a free download. Keep in mind that the programs that charge a fee are usually more detailed and allow you to enter more options than those available for free.
One advantage to using a computer program is that you can enter the exact dimensions of the space, add virtual salon chairs and workstations, change colour schemes and flooring options, and get a great visual of what your salon could look like. You can also ask other salon professionals about the finished design and see if there’s anything they would change about your current layout.
Work with a Salon Consultant
When you start shopping around with different beauty suppliers, you may come across a salon consultant who works for the supplier. These services are often free if you purchase your salon furniture and equipment from the supplier, as the company wants to make sure that the products they sell showcase well in a strategically designed salon.
While you could work with your architect or an interior designer, a salon consultant brings in the knowledge of the salon business as well as layout expertise. It’s important that whomever you work with to help design the layout of your salon understands not only interior design but the salon business. A salon consultant will know how to set up stations, separate different sections of the salon, and how to best create a waiting area for clients.
Once you have the floor plan and layout decided it’s time to go shopping! Choose furniture that meshes well together and with the overall colour scheme. With the options available online and in person, you should be able to create a salon that’s inviting and practical at the same time.