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Figuring Out Salon Dimensions

Victoria Wurdinger | July 10, 2011 | 6:19 PM

Whether you’re checking out a new location or expanding a current salon operation, why get stuck with space you don’t really need?  Frederic Holzberger, founder of Aveda Fredric’s Institutes and NAHA Salon Design of the Year finalist 2007, offers helpful suggestions for finding that perfect fit.

The first move is a commitment to put every square inch of salon real estate to good use. “Ask a commercial broker for a free demographic analysis,” says Holzberger, who advises owners to choose a setting where they can anticipate the most traffic and growth.

Then broaden your search parameters for a structure or building. For example, a former restaurant may be a good starting place, he says. The existing water, electrical and air conditioning set-ups are readily adaptable to use by a beauty salon.

To correctly gauge room-size requirements, Holzberger recommends using three key factors: profit-generating space (retail, hair color, cutting and spa), non-profit areas (staff room, storage, restroom) and expansion.

“Don’t take space and try to fill it,” Holzberger cautions. Avoid over-allocating to non-profit areas—office, coat room or laundry facilities—or to future expansion. Both are common pitfalls that may prove costly mistakes in the long run.

Frederic Holzberger, founder of Aveda Fredric’s Institutes and NAHA Salon Design of the Year finalist 2007, offers these standard room dimensions as a guide to help plan your salon’s space requirements.

  • Styling station                             5 X 7
  • Shampoo area                             4 X 9 
  • Check in/out                              10 X 10
  • Manicure                                    4 X 4
  • Pedicure                                     4 X 8
  • Spa Rooms                                10 X 10
  • Retail                                     22.5 X 22.5
  • Laundry                                      8 X 6
  • Office                                         6 X 6
  • Changing Room                            4 X 5
  • Coat Closet                                   6 X 3
  • Storage                                        6 X 10
  • Restroom                                     7 X 8
  • Team Room/ Education Center      6 X 6

 

 

 

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