When it’s time to begin furnishing your salon, whether you’re starting out or remaking the identity of the salon, it might be difficult to figure out everything you need. With the best tips for choosing the right furniture for your salon, interior decoration and equipment placement can be a breeze. The sooner you can pick out all the furniture you need, the sooner you can get to business.
Consider Your Audience
The furniture you choose for your salon should attract the kinds of clients that you aim to impress. If you intend to open a family-friendly salon, for instance, you should have furniture that reflects that. Attract your audience through the ambiance and products you sell. Don’t forget to decorate your walls with images that reflect your business as well. The typical price of service at your salon should also be reflected in your décor and furniture. Higher budget customers will typically prefer sleeker, cleaner atmosphere; on the other hand, a cozy, rustic atmosphere might fit better with the everyday customer. The overall design and atmosphere are ultimately up to you, as the service is what matters to the customer in the end.
Choose Quality and Trustworthy Manufacturers
The last thing you want to do when purchasing salon furniture is to get scammed by cheap materials or mechanical devices. Pick a business that provides you with a warranty or guarantee that the furniture you choose is quality and will stay in good condition while you use it. Reviews can also point you in the right direction for quality furniture, but be thoughtful while scrolling through them.
Warranties are essential to salon furniture. Look for businesses that offer long-term warranties with repair included. If they include both the upholstery and the mechanics of the chair in the warranty, that’s the best-case scenario. We at Salon Equipment Center offer a 5-year warranty on all of our products—which is the best you’ll find in the industry.
Even if it can be more expensive, quality salon furniture will last you for a long time and end up saving you money that you’d have to spend on replacing cheap furniture.
Find the Necessities for Your Services
Certain salon services require special equipment that needs to be purchased from salon-specific manufacturers. Furniture such as salon styling stations can come in many different styles and colors, so they can match your theme. Styling stations can also provide you with storage or shelving that can make the greatest use out of your limited space. Equipment such as sinks, drying chairs, and salon chairs are also essential to your hair salon business. Salon chairs can add another level of style choice, as you can pick out the color and make of chair. Maybe you want to use a barber’s chair instead of a salon chair—it’s all up to your designer’s eye.
For any successful beauty salon, special equipment like manicure tables, pedicure chairs, and massage tables or chairs are a must. Even if certain services are rarely purchased, you should have the equipment on hand just in case. You never know when business might boom in a surprising area of your salon.
You may not think about it often, but the lighting in your salon can greatly affect the moods of your patrons and the accuracy of your haircuts or beauty procedures. While mood lighting can be pleasant for the eyes, let it stay in the reception room if you have one. Always keep the salon area well lit. It might be tempting to want dramatic lighting, but it’s not practical. A solution is to have optional dramatic lighting that can be turned on when the main lights are turned off or dimmed. Once you finish a look for a client, allow them to see themselves both under regular lighting and dramatic lighting.
Dramatic lighting can come in the forms of lights on your styling station or floor lamps that you can move around. Install a dimmer switch if you have a small workspace for increased flair.
Look for Packaging Deals
If you’re just starting in the salon business, package deals can save you a lot of money when choosing the right furniture for your salon. Some manufacturers, like Salon Equipment Center, offer multiple pieces of furniture and equipment that you’ll need under one umbrella price. Packages can be cheaper than buying all the furniture separately; as with any good deal, though, make sure to do the math yourself before you buy.
Prepare Your Reception Room
When looking to furnish your reception or waiting room, picture it as the fullest it can be. Are all the customers comfortable while waiting? How can it be better? Offer a variety of furniture to sit on, like couches for people who came in together and chairs for those who came alone. A drink station, like a water cooler or a coffee maker, is a great idea—it might just require more cleaning on your behalf. Place a magazine rack for your style guides or plain magazines. If you run a family-friendly salon, keep some toys around for children to play with while waiting. However, magazines and toys should only be kept out when safe and should be disinfected often when they can be put out.
In addition to keeping your customers comfortable, don’t forget to place shelving to sell partnered products. Customers who have to wait might look through products and decide to buy them.
Remember to keep your receptionist comfortable as well. Give the reception desk enough space to be both comfortable and safe. The desk should face the salon’s entrance, so the receptionist can greet customers as they enter. Provide your receptionist with the proper working equipment, like up-to-date computers and physical storage for files.
Keep Your Theme
Your theme adds personality to your business, so keep all your furniture matching the theme or mood that you want to have. Some themes can be memorable or will draw in more customers. Try to avoid mismatching themes or out of place furniture. Some things are unavoidable, like modern equipment in an antique-themed salon, but there are ways you can make the furniture look like it belongs. Get creative with your designs!
Searching for furniture can be the most exciting part of opening your salon. If you’re looking for a trustworthy, family-owned business to help you out on this part of your journey, look no further than Salon Equipment Center. We have the real-deal products and the beginner-friendly warranties and repayment programs to get your salon blossoming.