How To Maximize The Space In Your Salon Suite
Salon Suite and Studio Decorating Ideas
Moving into a salon suite or studio? Congrats! We know you are SO excited to decorate, so we asked Minerva Beauty to help us select salon furniture that is functional for smaller workspaces. Think storage options and ways to maximize your square footage to make your job easier. Ready to get started? Use this guide to work through the questions below, then check out some sample floor plans!
Your workspace has to work for YOU. Ask yourself these questions when looking for your ideal styling station:
Do you mix color at your station, or is there another area you use to mix color?
I mix at my station: Consider a vanity-style station for ample countertop space to mix color and set styling tools, plus storage underneath. There are a LOT of options if you go this route, so browse through to see which station matches your personal style the best.
I have a separate color mixing area: If you don’t need a ton of countertop space, try a tower station. They have plenty of cubbies and drawers to stow tools, products and even your purse! Take a look at the Genesis, Exodus or Athens ranges—these are equipped with full-length mirrors as well as cubbies and drawers on each side. Or consider the Lexington Tower Station, which has a built-in appliance holder and lots of storage without a large floor footprint.
Will your space allow a deep station, or do you need something more narrow?
I have space for something deeper: You’ll have plenty of counter space and storage, how awesome! You might be interested in something with serious presence, like the Lakota Single Sided Styling Station or Waverly Single Sided Styling Station.
I need something narrow: Try pairing a mirror with a small cabinet or stylist cart. You’ll end up with less storage at your station in this scenario, but you can get creative with storage elsewhere. Check out the Brookhaven II Styling Station paired with the Ravenel Full Length Oval Mirror for a compact and glamorous vibe. Or for the most space-saving scenario, consider a wall-mounted option like the Bellevue Wall Hung Station or Elmhurst Wall Mount Styling Station.
Suites are typically smaller spaces, so the Minerva experts recommend choosing a chair with a light and airy design. Why? Large or bulky chairs can weigh the room down and make tight spaces feel even smaller. Here are some things to remember:
TIP: Open armrests and sleeker designs help your suite appear more spacious. Swipe through the slideshow below to see some options!
TIP: Measure, measure, measure! Some styling chairs have a larger footprint than others, so you should measure and map out where you want your chair to go. Use tape on the ground for a visual idea of the footprint your potential chair will have in your suite.
Most shampoo systems tend to run large and take up a decent amount of room in any salon setting. When shopping for a smaller space, first you should measure the area where you want the shampoo system to go, then answer these questions before deciding on a shampoo system.
Is your space very small, or pretty large?
It’s large enough to have a backwash: Excellent! Check out some of these options:
I’ll need to use a sidewash set-up: Perfect! Here are some choices.
Do you want your shampoo system to be an all-in-one, or do you prefer separate pieces for flexibility in moving things around?
All in one, I love the look: These selections are great because they have built-in reclining footrests!
I prefer separate pieces for flexibility: You got it! Check out some of these options:
Storage is SUPER personal and will totally depend on the way you use your space and prefer to keep track of your own supplies. Which one applies to your scenario?
I keep minimal color on hand and like to mix at my station: Try the Broadway Single Color Rack, a floating color holder equipped with 30 spacious cubbies that can be mounted on the wall. Grab one or a few depending on your needs!
I need a moderate amount of storage for more than just color, and a mixing area would be great, too: The Broadway Color Cabinet has eight drawers for organized storage. Pair it with the wall-mounted Broadway Single Color Rack for a perfectly polished color area.
I need a TON of color storage: You need the mack daddy of all color organizers—the Broadway Trio, three color racks stacked to hold up to 1,080 tubes of color!
There are SO many options to consider when deciding how to display retail products. This is where you can really inject your personal style into the space.
Super Tight On Space?
The Chastain Styling Station integrates your workspace with a retail display, a great two-for-one that also keeps product in your guest’s eyesight while you work.
No More Floor Space For Something Large?
Wall-mounted options like the Sakura Wall Mounted Retail Display open up some breathing room.
Have Enough Room, But Need More Hidden Storage?
Choose combo units like the Seminole or Brighton Retail Displays that accommodate for both retail AND storage.
Below are four salon suite layouts, each with a sampling of products to help get the design juices flowing. Explore hundreds of options right now—click here to access the Minerva Beauty Style Guide for even more inspiration!
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