In the world of beauty, appearance counts for mostly everything not only appearances perfected by services provided within a salon, but the appearance of the salon itself. From the moment a client walks through the door an impression is made and a mindset established through outward appearances of the whole environment. Giving a salon a "point of view" to impart the establishment's true style encompasses everything from chosen decor and color schemes to equipment, salon furniture and even the choice of apparel worn by service personnel. An ideal salon setup should include the perfect integration of form and function. Top priorities from a client's point of view include being relaxed, comfortable and a feeling that the space is clean and orderly. Items that are used regularly in a beauty salon, such as styling chairs, should be attractive, durable, easy to operate and comfortable for both clients and stylists. The reception desk, which is often the first thing seen upon entering, should be equally attractive and functional, with plenty of space to contain all necessary salon equipment and enough storage space to hold required supplies in an orderly manner. It should be lockable if items of value are stored there. Before purchasing salon furniture it's important to decide what services will be offered. Each particular service, such as facials, manicures, pedicures and hair styling, may require their own specific piece of furniture. Options also exist within certain categories. For example, a manicure table may be fixed in one location, may be a rolling unit that can be moved to where it's needed or a fold-up type that can be stored away when not in use.

What Works and What Doesn't

Once a salon owner has decided what services will be offered and begins to purchase furniture to fulfill the requirements, each item should be integrated into the environment with an eye toward design and style. Everything should work together to give the impression desired. Matching materials and colors will have a lasting effect and purchasing items that are durable and include strong warranties will ensure things look good well into the future.