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Thinking About a Salon Remodel? Consider These Tips First

01.11.2019

Whether you’ve purchased an existing salon, or are just looking to give the current space a fresh look, consider these tips before remodeling the salon to make renovation a success!

Plan it out

Remodeling the salon is an exciting time. It can be tempting to jump right in, but before getting started, make sure a plan is in place.

Every successful project starts with a clear vision and a solid plan of action. Start by laying out the logistics. The main factors to consider here are:

Budget

What are you looking to spend on the remodel? Work out a rough budget to get an idea of how much the entire project might cost. Consider labor costs, equipment, and supplies. This is the time to make some decisions on what’s really important and what you’re willing to give up.

Consider setting aside some money for surprises. Remodels don’t always go as planned and expensive problems can pop up. Having every penny of the budget spoken for can mean big sacrifices and last-minute decisions if issues arise.

Timeline

How soon are you looking to get this done? Are there contractors in the area available that can meet the timeline? Depending on the scope of the project, factor in a few weeks to a few months for renovations, avoiding busy seasons and capitalizing on slow times.

Completing the Work

Select a contractor that you are confident will complete the project on time and on budget. We’ve all heard the horror stories of unfinished projects or remodels that went way over budget.

Research, research, and research the contractors; ask for recommendations from friends and other businesses. Check references and make certain the contractor has the proper certifications and is insured.
  

Aesthetic Considerations

Logistics aside, here comes the fun part! Planning out the salon’s look will include thinking about functionality, branding, and lighting.

Think About the Space

Start by thinking about the current space: what’s working and what could use improvement? Could the retail area be bigger? Does the shampoo station have a back alley vibe? Sketch out ideas on paper.

Don’t forget to map out the dimensions of the space. The chairs you’re in love with might look great on paper, but once considering their measurements, they might overtake the area.

Create a solid concept and follow-up with a contractor to develop a more concrete plan.

Consider the Brand

Be sure to consider the brand and make sure there’s a clear vision. Is the brand upscale, or more fun and playful? Align every decision with the brand and the image the salon wants to portray. How could the flooring play up the brand? Would an accent wall compliment the brand? What about the retail display?

Start a Pinterest board to collect ideas, but be careful not to go crazy; incorporating multiple styles into the salon can quickly get messy and leave it lacking identity.

Make choices that are on-trend, but not so trendy that they’ll fall out of style in a few months and leave the salon feeling dated.

Lighting

Lighting may seem like a small detail, but it can make a big difference in how the salon feels—good or bad. Consider how the light will affect colors and photos, avoiding color casts that could throw off a client’s new hair color.

Choosing Equipment

Going with cheaper equipment may be tempting, but this is always a mistake. Start with high-quality salon equipment that will stand the test of time and won’t fall apart in a year. Be sure to choose equipment that is backed by a solid company that will service their products and won’t leave you hanging should a problem arise.

Ready to Remodel? Make it Easy!

Follow the advice above for a successful salon remodel. If you’re not sure where to start or are looking for some guidance, Art of Business can assist in every step of the renovation process, from planning to finishing touches! Plus, we offer top-of-the-line salon equipment and services to keep the salon equipment performing its best.

Contact us to find out how we can help with your salon remodel! We help with design, redesign, delivery, and assembly. With the largest selection of essential salon equipment—including salon furnishings, spa, manicure, and pedicure stations—Art of Business will remodel and improve the salon workspace for maximum success.

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