Owning a salon can be a great way to make a living. However, what a salon owner may not realise is how much of an impact the equipment they are buying and using in their shop has on their customers’ experience. Without knowing the importance of high-quality furniture for your salon, you may settle for equipment and furniture that is not suitable and you could easily have some disappointed customers.
The reception is the first area your customers are going to see when they enter the salon. If the furniture doesn’t look good, you are going to find it rather hard to hold onto your customers.
A desk is something that all receptions need to have. However, while some business owners may be thinking their reception needs to be large and lavish, you do need to have a desk that has a low enough opening for the receptionist to be seen. Typically in a salon, people will want to have a rounded desk with openings on both sides rather than sharp edges. This way the salon will have a modern look that is going to attract more customers.
In front of the desk, it might be worth having a large enough space to have some smaller shelves or posters. The desk should be in the three-front panel design. This way you can display posters showing the latest hair design, then on either side you will be able to set up a retail area.
Waiting room seats are another piece of essential furniture for your reception. While people may not have to wait all the time, once the popularity of the salon grows it is going to lead to people having to wait before they can get served. Customers will want to have a comfortable and welcoming area so they don’t mind waiting.
Typically when people are looking at waiting room furniture, they will want to sit on seats that have a decent cushion, but also can easily be cleaned. Yes, people will come to the salon with their children and this often means a mess, so a cushion will make the seat comfortable, but also allow you to clean them and keep them looking new.
Storage is going to be at a premium in a busy salon. These shelves should be located near the centre of the salon, but also at each of your stylists’ stations. This way your stylists can easily access a product they can recommend while also being able to use the product right away. However, the shelves do not need to be so large they become intrusive.
The shelving units should not be low down but within easy reach as you do not want your stylist bending over constantly to get products out to show to the customers. You may want to consider mirrored glass at the back so it reflects the products, but on the base of the shelving units there could be drawers for storage.
You must make sure your stylist is happy with the furniture you have installed in these areas. Happy stylists often mean happy customers so work with your stylists to find the right solutions. Chairs are the biggest item the stylist and even the customers are going to be working with on a regular basis. You may want to consider leather or even faux leather here so they can be easily cleaned. Also consider chairs with good arm support so your customers are comfortable, especially those who are having lengthy treatments.
You may also want to look at chair covers to protect the leather over time. Any tears or cuts in your chair material can easily make the salon look dated and may even turn away customers.
Storage space for tools is something else which the stylist stations are going to need to have. This storage space is different than the shelving that was already mentioned. In fact, this storage is going to be in front of the customer and typically under the review mirror. This can be a moveable counter, which could make it look a little bit cheap. However, in most cases it will be a wall-mounted cabinet type of unit that is going to make it easier for the stylist to store all of their items. Something else to consider is a counter top will allow your stylist to put pictures of their family, which can add a personal touch for the customer.
Equipment the stylist needs to have can either be supplied by the stylist or the company. Either way it needs to be top of the line and quality equipment that the customer can see and feel. Without this, customers can have issues because low quality brands can easily lead to your customers’ hair being pulled out or even worse health problems. This is because the quality tests for this equipment is not as stringent for the lower quality brands as the other name brands that are present.
Nail polish tables
These stations are going to need to be set a little bit lower and have a couple of features that are needed for the customer and the stylist to offer the kind of results that people expect.
Lower setting tables with a clear top that can easily be cleaned and are resistant to makeup and nail polish are recommended. Also tables with drawers are essential as it will keep the area looking tidy and the stylist can access the colours she needs quickly.
Other features these tables need to have is a light and a magnifying glass. Each of these is going to be helpful in applying the polish properly.
You may also want to consider a drying area so that people don’t leave the salon with wet nails that could get ruined. You also need to be able to move your customers on to this area so new customers can sit down at the nail and make-up station.
Finding the proper furniture for a salon can be a difficult task. However, knowing what your major purchases are going to be and the type you should be looking for should help in furnishing your salon in the best way possible.