Now that you have found your perfect location, let’s jump into what you need to know before you can get the doors to your new business open! This is not all the sexy stuff, but the mundane, important planning you need to do to succeed.
Behind the Scenes – The Hardware
Do you know how much space you will need for your new eyelash extensions business? There are specific guidelines to help you make the most of your space. Each workspace requires a certain amount of square footage, lighting, plumbing, and electrical fixtures.
There is also the flow of the space to consider. We want you to utilize every square inch in the most efficient way possible. We want you to get the best information you can get, to help you get a return on your investment. After all, we salon professionals love what we do, but we also want a financial reward for our hard work too. And, don’t we deserve that?
In this post, we are going to look at lighting and plumbing your workspace.
Lighting Up Your World
Consider how important lighting can be if your space doesn’t have a lot of natural light. If you are going to be providing private rooms your lighting needs will be different than an open concept space. An open space is more cost effective for the owner. You do not have to build out walls, doors, and additional lighting. In an open concept, you have to decide how you will lay out your workstations.
You can use natural lighting in your business if you have a storefront with windows. Natural light is less harsh and creates the soft vibe most common in a waiting area. If you are lucky enough to have additional natural light from windows, that’s great! A little natural daylight is always welcome.
In addition, your workstations will need several different light sources and levels of brightness. If you are lashing, you will need overhead lighting and a lamp directly over your table or chair.
Most retail spaces will have overhead fluorescent lighting that is standard with what the landlord provides. These fluorescent fixtures are fine for the basic lighting needs in your overall space, but you’ll want, and need, additional lighting.
Some businesses choose to deck out their reception area with elaborate lighting, like chandeliers or sconces. I have seen hallways and treatment rooms also with beautiful lighting. Where you go with additional lighting will depend on your style and budget. Theses are add-ons that most retail space does not provide. Keep that in mind while you are in the planning stages.
In an open concept there will be lamps at each workstation. Take care, in planning, that there aren’t loose cords for anyone to trip on, and that everything is secured.
Sit down with a planner who specializes in design for your type of space. Many vendors provide this service, and if you are purchasing fixtures and equipment from them, they will do it at no charge or for a small fee. Their help is very valuable for space design and flow.
Now that we have lighting covered, let’s take a look at another important behind the scenes mechanical necessity:
Getting the Plumbing Right
Are you going to provide sinks for each workspace? Some businesses provide a sink at each workstation. If you are in an open concept environment you may not need to provide a separate sink for each station. It can be a shared sink. If you have treatment rooms than this is a separate issue.
Depending on the services being provided you may not need to plumb every treatment room. For those rooms that are being used for lashes or brows, you don’t necessarily need a wet station. Massage is another room that doesn’t need a wet station either. Your facial rooms will need water, as well as permanent makeup or microblading rooms.
Let’s start with the shared wet areas: You will need to provide a sink with plenty of storage space for your hand towels, soap, and cleaning products. You will also need to provide a space where your employees can clean and sanitize their implements. This is usually done in the sink or wet areas. You will need to give your employees access to water to wash, sanitize, and rinse their tools.
If you are going to have private treatment rooms, then you will want to provide the same wet areas or sinks for their use. Storage cabinets will be needed again for storage, cleaning, and sanitation. This is where a designer can help you with your business layout.
Save Time and Money with Quality Vendors
You want to get the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to the utilization of your space. Use the planning tools your vendors can provide. They have dimensions on their equipment – they can help plan where your wet areas should be placed, to provide the best flow and utilization for maximum efficiency. And, they can provide cost saving solutions.
We would love to hear your stories from fitting out a new salon, and any tips you can share with all of us. Please comment below, and feel free to ask questions! We are always here to help 🙂