Nail artistry is a big seller in salons, and nail professionals spend months fine tuning their skills and learning how to become a master nail artist. Whether you’re just adding nail services to your salon or updating your current salon equipment, choosing the right manicure station is important for a satisfactory client service.
You can shop online or in a showroom to pick out new manicure tables and pedicure chairs, but the guidelines of choosing the right equipment is the same whether shopping online or in person. Below are some general suggestions for choosing the right features for your salon’s manicure stations.
Types of Manicure Stations
Some salons use very simple manicure stations of a long table and two or three chairs with a nail polish caddy acting as a partition between clients who are getting serviced at the same time. This may work well if your salon doesn’t rely heavily on its nail services for business, but you may want a more comfortable set up if your clients frequently book nail appointments.
A good manicure station should have easily accessible storage for the manicurist. The most common type of storage is two or three drawers in the station that allows the manicurist to quickly grab a file, a brush, or nail art decals. If you opt for an art deco type of table without storage, the top of the table may look cluttered and not provide ample space to work.
Nail Station Salon Chairs
Nail clients must feel comfortable. If a chair is uncomfortable, your client may end up wiggling and moving around in order to try and feel comfortable during their appointment. One thing a nail artist doesn’t want is a client who can’t keep their hands still during a polish application. Look for slightly padded chairs with proper back support.
Padded arm rests work well, but they aren’t totally necessary since clients spend most of the appointment with their hands and arms resting on the table. A padded arm rest that runs the length of the station may work better than padded arms on the chairs.
Choosing the Right Location for the Stations
If your salon does more than just manicures and pedicures, you need to position it properly within the salon. Remember that many nail chemicals and polishes have a strong smell. Situate your manicure tables in a well ventilated area of the salon. Your nail professionals may be used to the smell, but your clients will appreciate not being in a small area surrounded by the smell of nail polish.
Nail artistry is big business, and if you want to take advantage of the profits this sort of service can bring make sure you choose comfortable manicure tables. If your clients feel pampered and comfortable, they’re more likely to schedule frequent nail appointments.