Whether you’re running a small mobile salon or a large, luxury hair studio, it can be a challenge to find salon station ideas to fit your space, so we decided to help.
What You Will Learn
We’ll look at some different types of styling stations for hair salons that you can use for inspiration in creating your own salon space, along with some tips and examples.
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- DIY Salon Station Ideas
- Hair Salon Station Ideas
- Double Sided Salon Station Ideas
- Modern Salon Station Ideas
- Small Salon Station Ideas
- Home Salon Station Ideas
DIY Salon Station Ideas
Whether you’re on a budget or just want to create something unique that suits your salon design and brand, DIY options are a great way to achieve this.
One option is to go with a minimalist design using modern, natural materials. Who says that a hair salon work station needs to be busy?
You can create a comfortable feel using even a simple, uncluttered narrow desk or table, combined with a large mirror and good overhead lighting. This works brilliantly in small or urban spaces.
Fox and Jane Salon in New York does an excellent job of this:
Another way to go is repurposing existing furniture for a fun, vintage vibe. Why not repaint some old dressers or sideboards and use them for storage? This can be the perfect way to add a unique “wow factor” to your salon space.
We recommend you to check out our post on small hair salon design.
Hair Salon Station Ideas
Work with What You’ve Got
When designing (or buying) salon stations, think about what works with the natural elements already present in the building.
You can use the building’s own features to decorate- take a look at how Alibi NYC Salon used a wall-length wooden shelf and makes the most of the earthy tones of the brick statement wall behind it.
Consider Space and Lighting
The way that you light the stations, and the space between them will set the tone for the whole room. First impressions are everything, after all.
A high ceiling, for example, will mean that you can use pendant lighting and long mirrors, while a small and cozy space might demand a compact, modern design with recessed lighting.
Here’s an example of a very bright, minimal and open set of stations, with light fixtures and mirrors that emphasize the room’s size:
Double Sided Salon Station Ideas
Save Floor Space
Just as the name suggests, these types of station can be used by two stylists at the same time, and are usually arranged down the center of a salon (they work well in narrow salon layouts).
Try to avoid installing bulky salon equipment or furniture nearby or the floor will start to look crowded. You can use plants or mirrors as partitions between each station for added privacy.
For a fun and vintage look (plus lots of easy storage) , consider putting everything around a central bar or counter, as seen here:
Salon Shampoo Station Ideas
Each Chair Can Add To Your Decor
No need to stick with classic black- using colored shampoo chairs can make this part of the room pop. You can also make more room on your salon’s floor by selecting smaller shampoo bowls if needed.
Divide and Conquer
If you don’t have a dedicated backwash area, then adding a shelf or half wall of merchandise can make the location a bit more private.
Do not miss our post on salon setup.
Modern Salon Station Ideas
Rather than storing tools along the walls, consider installing cabinets behind or alongside each mirror for a modern-meets-vintage-office style.
If you want a clean and uniform impression look for cabinets, mirrors and furniture in classic dark tones with a square or rectangular shape. Small cabinets can be bolted to the wall instead of set on the floor for easier cleanup, too.
Do not miss our post on home salon ideas.
Small Salon Station Ideas
Stylists working in smaller salons can use free-floating storage units secured to the wall for more room to move around. Set these off to the side of the clients chair, with the mirror right in front.
These are a great way to separate clients and keep each station private, and they work well in even tiny spaces.
Home Salon Station Ideas
Repurposed office furniture like filing cabinets painted a bright color are a chic and low-cost option for at-home salons. Try pairing your station with a vintage-style chair for a fun and unique look.
Take advantage of any windows in your home setup and position your working area near them so that you can use the light coming in- it makes judging hair color much easier, and lights up the room.
We recommend you to check out our post on salon layout.
Whether you’re giving your current salon’s setup a facelift or designing an entirely new workspace for your stylists, choosing the right design elements across the board is essential to communicate your brand and give everyone the best experience possible.
That’s why coming up with salon station ideas that work for you is so important- but it shouldn’t be stressful. We hope that our suggestions help you get started. Remember to be creative- don’t be afraid to try fresh ideas from your team, and have fun.
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