The most important pieces of equipment for any barber shop or salon owner are styling or barber chairs. The barber chairs usually have adjustable height (with a foot-operated jack or a hand-operated lever on the side). It can also rotate, or lean backwards (for hairwashing and shaving). They are normally made from metal and leather and are usually rather heavy. Salon and barber shop clients spend a majority of time in barber chairs and it's vital that all salon furniture be comfortable. The salon furniture and barber chairs also need to fit in with the design of the shop and create visual appeal. Seeing a plush, comfortable and clean barber chair at the ready is a draw for any incoming customer.
Purchasing barber chairs and salon equipment is a big investment for any shop owner. Investing in higher quality barber chairs can be an initial strain on the budget but pays off when equipment lasts through numerous customers and years of business. Additional furniture such as barber chairs and manicure tables also need to be good quality and adaptable to the needs of the shop. A shop owner has to decide if they want all the furniture in fixed locations or if some pieces need wheels to open up the flexibility of the space. A shop's barber chairs need to be easy to operate for all employees to insure an enjoyable experience for all customers. No employee should have to struggle to raise and lower the chair. Doing this risks making the customer uncomfortable and impatient.
One-chair or single-chair barbershops are small, usually independent, barbershops that have only one barber chair available to customers. One-chair barbershops serve one customer at a time and provide a one-on-one barber experience, whereas multi barber chairs barbershops serve many clients at once and get clients in and out faster, so they can make more money by serving more clients concurrently. it's also a pleasure escape and source of relaxation for most patrons. Many customers look forward to having their hair washed and their nails done and the right barber chairs insures that they'll return frequently. Employees need to know exactly what barber chairs they're using, what the benefits are and where they can be purchased from in the shop. With the barber chairs and the right furniture any salon or barber shop is on their way to success!