5 Tips for Maximizing a Small Salon Space

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Striking a balance between maximizing space and creating a relaxing atmosphere for salon guests can be a challenge. 

Michelle Tang, founding partner of Freestyle Systems, offers these five tips to help salons make the most of their space.

Tips for Maximizing a Small Space: 

  • Think Vertical – Make use of under-utilized areas between the tops of furniture and the ceiling with hanging or high-mounted elements, like suspending blowdryers from the ceiling to save space and eliminate cords. Taking light elements, shelving and cabinets all the way up to the ceiling helps make a room feel larger and regains floor space and add storage. Hanging artwork and mirrors as high as possible also gives the illusion of a tall ceiling.
  • Materials – Opt for reflective elements such as lucite, white lacquer and glossy tiles. The high-shine surfaces act as mirrors, reflecting light to help make spaces look more open.
  • Furnishing – Larger pieces can also help hide unsightly elements of a room (radiator, cable box, etc.) and help it appear less cluttered. Try not to push furniture up against the walls; creating space behind furniture helps make a room look wider than it is.
  • Lighting - Good lighting makes or breaks a room, and can add warmth and brightness to small and/or cramped areas.  
  • Edit - Nothing makes a room feel smaller than clutter. Get creative with storage so as many objects as possible can be hidden away. Conceal unsightly cords, clear station surfaces, keep the back bar area tidy and make sure the retail area is designed so it’s visually appealing. 
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