Quality Hair Salon furniture
I took a trip to a major salon furniture supplier. This one has different grades of quality. The promotional line is made cheap and will last a few months. It is nothing to brag about but will get the job done for those on a tight budget. The problem is it is a short term fix for your furniture needs. The seat material will get flat within a few months. The chair will begin to squeak and sometime the hydraulic lift will start to fall as you work on clients. While the chair can still be used it hinders your ability to work and makes the salon appear ....cheap.
Clients stand up after an hour in the chair with a leg asleep or their back hurting. Few will say anything but they will be looking for a new salon. This cheaper chair needs to be replaced so the cost is now 2-3 time your original investment, assuming you try to upgrade to a better quality. In the long run buying higher quality the first time would have saves money, saves the loss of clients, improves the look of the salon (and what you can charge) as well as made your day to day job easier.
- Look at purchase as long term investment
- Save up for quality
- Use the chair to give upscale look to salon or even just a room
- If short of cash save half and use Square (The credit card processor) to loan the balance with easy pay back terms based on sales
- Keep a "upgrade" fund going to replace work or dated pieces. Could be paint, reception desk, speakers etc.
It is known that American made chairs are usually good quality but might lack style. This is an option when on a budget. If you can look at some of the imported lines. Italian made salon chairs
are usually a mix of quality and style as well as German made chairs.
Hair Salon Chair Model 55
Price vs Quality
Over the last several years the word Quality had taken a back seat to price. If you visit average salon around the country you will find the "exact same look" in many of them. Cheap particle board displays that wore out after 3 months of use. Vinyl wash basins that stain and simply look awful. Shampoo chairs that are so poorly designed it hurts to stand up after sitting in them for a shampoo. And the final straw are chairs that tip over if you move your weight around in the wrong direction. tip over...some even bend under normal weight of a client. The base might look heavy but is made of low quality thin metal that cracks and bends. Many also rust from the underside and this will weaken the metal within a few weeks.
The reason for this is a lack of knowledge and good photography. When you look online every piece looks fine. You place an order and get in something that look the same but cheaper. Poorly made cushions, no structure to support any weight, paper thin metal base and parts that are never quite tight. Poor cheap engineering and materials add up to a poor quality product that you will be using every day to make a living. Like buying a scissors and filling the edge smooth. Looks good but does not work for the purpose it was purchased for.
Sure you can return everything....except the cost is 50% or 75% of the purchase price so either way you are ...okay you know the word without saying it. Up a creek!
What to Buy?
- American made salon chairs are usually made to last. Lack style but will work.
- Italian made hair salon chairs are known for style and quality
- German made are know to be top quality,very functional and have unique clean styling
- Cheap promotional stiff is always trouble in the long run so stay away.
Buy quality upfront. Save as much cash down payment as you can, use the Square Up for a loan against your revenue, look into a short term lease or even a no interest credit card and double the monthly payment would all be better in the long run than getting stuck with poor quality equipment.