Coming up with a spa equipment list and prices for everything you need is a big job, so we’ve done our best to help. Here’s a list of what your company (and clients) will need to get started.
Spa Reception Furniture
Your reception area will be guests’ first impression of your spa business, so you should prioritize making it look welcoming, clean and professional. In this way, many of these items are similar to standard salon equipment and furniture- designed to help customers feel relaxed while they wait.
Your interior decor and layout will largely depend on your spa’s branding, services and clientele, but having a comfortable spot where guests can wait is an absolute necessity. Not only will guests be more likely to come back, but you’ll also see more foot traffic and walk-ins this way.
At the minimum, make sure to include:
- A spa reception area desk
- Reception seating
- Business card holders
- Magazine rack
- Retail displays or racks
- Coffee/ tea maker or water cooler
This is all of the large professional spa equipment that will make it possible for your technicians to offer clients outstanding customer service in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.
Take a look at your spa’s layout and consider what (and how many) pieces of spa gear you can accommodate without making things seem too crowded, while still taking advantage of available space.
You’ll most likely need:
- Massage tables
- Spa tables
- Treatment tables
- Treatment chair
- Magnifying lamps
- Adjustable height chairs for technicians
- Pedicure chair
- Facial chair with headrest
- Manicure tables
- Nail polish racks
- Esthetician furniture
- Overhead lighting
- Carts and movable storage units
Pro tip: Purchasing equipment as large as a massage table (let alone multiple tables for different treatments) can be expensive, although costs can vary depending on your suppliers and whether you choose to lease these or purchase them outright.
Don’t be afraid to shop around, price out different spa device and furniture vendors, and read some reviews of the best spa equipment brands before buying any luxury spa equipment- often, you can negotiate a favorable payment plan or pricing if you’re well-informed.
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Electric Equipment for Spas
The equipment and tools that you invest in will depend a lot on the treatments and services you offer. A medical spa will have much different needs than one the provides cosmetic services, for instance.
Whether your spa offers full body treatments like massages and body wraps, or focuses more on luxury facials and pedicures, there are some pieces of must have equipment that most spa services will need.
Most spa treatments require the following essential equipment:
- Hot towel cabinets
- Magnifying lamp
- Facial steamers
- Magnifying lamp
- Task lighting for manicures
- Wax heater
- Sterilization unit
Spa Tools and Supplies
When shopping for tools and uupplies for your day spa, the first thing you should do is sit down with your technicians and therapists.
Ask them about their esthetician equipment or any spa equipment they use for each service, and gather a list of supplies and tools they need to serve customers. Of course, this list will vary a bit depending on the nature of your own business, but some of the supplies will be the same across the board.
In order to help keep an eye on your start up costs and help your business thrive (and stay on budget) from the get-go, create a list of both essential tools, supplies and beauty products that your company should purchase now, as well as one for nonessential items to buy later.
Some of the things you should consider are:
- Masks and sanitary supplies
- Capes/ body drapes
- Cotton balls
- Cotton pads for facial treatments
- Facial treatment products
- Hair bonnets
- Massage oil
- Lotions for client’s skin
- Linens for treatment tables
- Nail files
- Nail clippers
- Nail polishes
- Nail polish remover
- Pedicure foot soaker
- Toe separators
- Cuticle oil
- Waxing strips
- Retail products
- First-aid kit
- Fire extinguisher
Spa Manager Equipment
Whether you’re a luxury day spa or a sports and wellness facility with multiple massage therapists, there’s one role that remains consistent- the spa manager.
All spa businesses benefit from having a skilled and professional management team that can keep an eye on things and help each esthetician, technician and massage therapist provide the best service possible.
Even when they’re not visible on the follow, managers are always busy doing things to help the team, like co-ordinating schedules, assistant with clients’ bookings, setting up marketing and promotions and even ordering spa supplies.
The essential equipment for a spa’s manager includes:
- A laptop or PC
- A tablet
- A printer
- A dedicated phone
- Spa management software (this should always be on your list of spa equipment, since the right software will save you hours of time and stress, every day)
- A spa’s POS system (this makes processing clients’ payment much smoother and faster, which is essential in a busy spa)
- A cash register
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Spa Equipment Checklist
We know that figuring out what equipment is needed for a spa, along with planning the layout and deling with the budget and hiring for your new business is a lot to do, so we’ve done our best to help.
We’ve put together a spa equipment checklist that you can download and use while planning, pricing out and purchasing everything you need to get started. You can add to or adjust this as needed when creating your spa equipment price list and planning your startup budget.
We’ve done our best to account fro everything, from massage spa equipment to nail, body and facial care, but please let us know if there’s anything you think we should add!
To learn more about the costs of running a Spa check out our Guide to Spa Business Expenses.
Every spa and salon is different, but they all have the same goals- to give each client an unforgettable experience that keeps the coming back again.
Having a list of everything that you’ll need, from each treatment chair and massage table, right down to towels and cleaning supplies, makes the whole possess easier.
When putting together your day spa equipment list, sit down with your staff and talk everything over- this is also a great opportunity to gather insights and brainstorm some ideas about your brand and its future. We wish you the best of luck!
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