7 Tips for Re-creating your Salon Design on a Budget
As the first thing your customers see, your salons design can be the deciding factor on whether someone comes in for a treatment or not, says Ian Rarity, Equipment Specialist at Salon Services UK & Ireland
There’s no chance for a second impression, so it’s important that your interior stands out first time round.
So if you’re looking to get your salon in shape before the Christmas rush, here are my tips for re-designing on a budget:
1. Set a budget
First thing’s first, set a budget that is realistic, as this means you are more likely to stick to it. When setting this budget make sure you’ve got everything covered from hot water systems and installation to new furniture – this will stop anything unexpected cropping up down the line.
2. It’s all about timing
If you’re on a tight budget make sure you’re not losing cash by closing for a refurb during peak trading times. Take a look at customer levels from last year, and plan your re-design for a period when footfall is low. Autumn is a good time, but definitely avoid Christmas and the summer party season.
3. Develop a plan
Before kicking off any work make sure you’ve got a solid plan in place – this will not only help you keep to budget, but will help you get the most from your re-design. Get advice on the layout of your salon to ensure the flow is right and there is no dead space – a simple 2D drawing can be the best way to visualise this and we offer this service free of charge for customers re-designing with us.
4. Do your research
If you’re using external contractors and providers never go for the first quote. Shop around and get at least three quotes so you can compare prices, and always take in to account reviews and personal recommendations.
5. Simple but effective
Making some simple and cost effective changes can have a big impact on the feel of a space, without breaking the bank. For example, paint the walls a practical colour, with one brighter feature wall that ties in with the rest of the salon. The standard/practical colours will be better value as they’re made in higher volumes, and the feature wall can be easily changed.
6. Space for clutter
A new or re-designed salon can be ruined by too much clutter, and will give your customers the impression it’s a disorganised environment. So, make sure you build storage into your design plans from the start and consider up-cycling existing units to save cash.
7. Shop sensibly
Be a savvy shopper and keep an eye out for special offers like VAT-free events and always ask if there are up-coming discounts that will help you keep on budget.