Your nail salon’s furniture sets the overall tone and atmosphere of your salon and today, we’re going to discuss the best ideas for choosing this furniture.
Think about a restaurant for a moment: you walk in and the first things you notice are the smell of fresh food, the thriving atmosphere of customers, and most importantly, the furniture. The fact of the matter is that furniture is what ultimately portrays your business (even businesses which aren’t salons). So, when it comes to your salon furniture, you have to know how to get it exactly right. That being said, not everyone is an interior designer so to help you out, we’ll be sharing some ideas with you.
What Furniture You Will Need
Chances are if you’re looking at nail salon furniture ideas, you only have a brief outline of the furniture that you need to get your hands on. To help you along the way, we’ve listed some of the main pieces of furniture that you’re going to need in order to get your nail salon up and running.
This is the main thing that you’ll find yourself buying although which salon chairs you end up buying depends purely on the services that your salon has to offer. For example, if you’re going to be offering hair dyeing services then you’ll require a dryer chair – these chairs heat the dye’s chemicals to increase the efficiency of the dye.
Manicure stations are typically equipped with everything you need for a manicure. This includes nail polishes, files, nail polish ideas, and anything else that you feel is necessary.
Pedicure Stations (or Chairs).
Pedicure chairs are more common nowadays than stations and are usually an “all in one” package. These chairs come with armrests, footrests, a built-in full-body massage system, and a basin to make the experience more luxurious.
General Salon Stations.
A general salon station can be as simple as a table and is used for sitting down with customers and discussing the treatments that they’re interested in.
After treating your customers (whether you gave them a pedicure or tidied up their nails), you can have them sit at a drying station to make the nail polish dry faster. Given that some nail polishes might begin to drip if they’re left wet for too long, this is necessary.
Reception and Waiting Area.
This is an aspect of salons which can be controversial in the sense that some salons have a receptionist while others don’t. Having a receptionist adds a personal touch to your salon, makes the establishment seem more professional, and it can also be helpful if you’re ever swamped with customers.
Of course, this is a very basic outline of what you’ll need and depending on what services you plan on offering, you’ll need to do some further research, read the rest of this article, and make a list of everything that you’re going to need.
The Main Furniture
Now that you have a general understanding of buying nail salon furniture, what you’ll need to buy, and why you need to define your services beforehand, we’re going to take a deeper look at some of the important pieces of furniture.
Your salon workers are constantly going to be manoeuvring their way around your customers’ hands and working on their nails. To do this efficiently and without the limits of a regular stool, a salon stool (which typically has wheels) allows them to easily move around and get on with their work.
Without dryers, nail polish can take over an hour to dry properly and on top of that, there’s a risk of the nail polish dripping. For that reason, you should have multiple dryers in your salon. Fortunately, dryers aren’t an expensive piece of salon equipment and having a few of them won’t put too big a dent in your budget.
While manicure stations can be purchased, realistically you can set up several tables which are spacious, are set up with all of the equipment and products which are needed for a manicure, and which can easily be used by both your customers and staff. If you are limited on space then consider having a small nail dryer at each station.
As we briefly mentioned before, pedicure chairs are a big hit in salons nowadays. Customers are able to relax in a comfortable chair, set the chair to massage them, and enjoy their treatment. In fact, while these chairs are meant for pedicures, some customers will request a manicure in them too!
Deciding What Furniture to Pick
After you’ve got a list of the furniture that you know you need to get your hands on, it’s time to start looking at some of the different products that are available. Below we have quickly detailed a few tips to make this process easier.
Set a Budget.
This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind. Start by assessing how much money you have available to spend and what you can afford and split this among the furniture that you decided your salon will need.
It’s important that you stick to your budget no matter what. This is where most start-up businesses fail – they start by going slightly over budget, taking out a loan to cover the extra costs, and they inevitably go bankrupt after a few months. It’s not uncommon for businesses to have slow growth in the first few months so it’s vital to your salon’s success that you stick to your budget and have some money set aside “for a rainy day”.
Decide on a Colour Scheme.
All of your furniture should not only have similar designs, but their colours should also be the same (or at least look good together). A great way to ensure that all of your salon furniture is aesthetically compatible is to browse specific furniture collections.
Generally speaking, all of the furniture that is a part of a furniture collection is designed by the same team of designers and as such, will share the same colour scheme.
Don’t Overdo it.
There is such a thing as too much furniture and unless you have the space for an excessive amount of furniture and salon equipment, don’t bother. It’s understandable that some salon owners think cramming a lot of professional furniture into their salon comes across as classy, but it’s quite the opposite.
Not only does this look incredibly unprofessional to your customers, it makes it difficult for both customers and staff to navigate their way around the salon and it will lower the number of customers that you can tend to.
After reading through this quick guide on ideas for choosing luxury nail salon furniture, you’ll have a better idea of how you can produce an efficient and thriving salon. In regard to how virtually every appointment that you have with a customer will require some sort of salon equipment, this is going to be one of the biggest challenges for you as a salon owner – do a lot of research, stay calm, and get ready to bring in a plethora of happy customers.