How to Do a Diagram for a Salon

The design of your salon will be your first impression for customers.
The design of your salon will be your first impression for customers. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

It is crucial for a salon to have an accessible layout. A diagram is a great way to envision what the building will look like. The salon proprietor plans how to move customers through the building and can help plan the furnishings and decorating budget. Whether creating a diagram for an existing space or creating a dream salon from your imagination, there are several steps to drawing an accurate diagram.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Straight edge
  • Protractor
  • Tape measure

Define the dimensions of the salon you are planning. If you already have a building, use the tape measure to gauge all of the walls and built-in features like doors, windows and cabinets. If you don't yet have a building and want to create a dream salon for a business plan, research commercial space rental prices. Pick a square footage that is within your budget. The same goes if you are building. Design within your budget and allow at least 20 percent margin for changes.

Use the graph paper to develop a scale. Each square of the graph paper will represent a measurement. It's easiest to make the scale something like one square equals one foot. You can change the scale as you like. Remember that square footage is a definition of the area. Take measurements or estimate the length of the walls. Area is length times width. Most salons are a rectangle shape and not a perfect square.

Draw the outside walls of the salon using the straight edge to make a box. This will create a view from the top of your salon. Use the measurements from the room to add in the built-in features. Remember to keep these features to scale. You don't want customers struggling to move around your salon because you didn't plan walk areas.

Research to find the dimensions of furnishings and equipment you want to put in your salon and how much they cost. Use an inventory list of all the interior equipment you need. List prices, vendors, dimensions -- and alternatives. Be creative and start making decisions on the style you want. As you pick chairs, mirrors, counters and product racks, add them to the diagram. If your diagram starts to look too cluttered, consider removing elements or clustering. Your salon must rely on efficient wiring for electricity, plumbing and possibly gas. If you are working within an existing building, seek a blueprint from the landlord showing outlets, control panel, water and sewer access. Whether existing or new construction, there are limitations on where you can locate washing stations, restrooms and other amenities. You design must meet requirements from the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Budget with your design diagram. The diagram will give you an idea of how you will use the space and let you plan and revise until you can use it efficiently. This will give you a rough estimate of how much it will cost to get the space to look the way you want with furniture and fixtures. With your diagram, you will also be able to plan for growth. Show where to locate additional wash stations, a larger waiting area, an expanded area for manicure/pedicure and other features.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plan how customers will move through the salon, what they will see when they come in, where they will wait for their stylist --and why they will come back.
  • Round up whenever you are budgeting. It may make your goal seem expensive. It's better to be over-prepared and open an amazing salon than to be under-prepared and underwhelm your new clients.

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