BARBERSHOP INTERIOR DESIGN is vital in that it dictates the type of customer journey you offer, consequently, you need all the help you can get.
This raises the question, is it worth hiring an interior designer to help you with furniture placement and interiors at your barbershop?
Overall, the resources you can muster and the people you can hire all depend on your budget, therefore, if you are on a limited budget or planning a small space, it’s best not to waste cash on an interior designer. On the other hand, if you are targeting specific clientele or opening a large barbershop. You might need to hire an interior designer. furthermore, it is also possible to decorate and arrange barbershop furniture like a pro following the rules below.
Top 6 Design rules you need to know
Considering the height, length, and width of the average barber chair plus the size of a typical workstation, a barber or stylist needs at least 35 sq. Ft or 1446mm x 2140mm. However, if you can’t manage to spare that space, we recommend that you space barber chairs at least 4 ½ to 5 feet apart. Doing this will allow easy workflow.
Notably, spacing your barbershop furniture right is important in that it will minimize accidents, discourage conflict, and most importantly ensure adequate legroom for all.
Once you get spacing right, the next thing you should do is put yourself in an interior designer’s shoes and ask, what design rules do professionals follow?
Barbershop Interior design rule 1: your barbershop needs a defining feature
In the salon or barbershop business, branding is very important. Consequently, you have to answer one very simple question, what makes my barbershop different?
- Is it the colour palette?
- Maybe a unique furniture item?
- Or is it the service?
The key to success here is understanding your target clientele and structuring your space to meet visual and functional needs. Visually, what you want to create is a memorable welcoming space that will give your clients reason to want to come back.
On the other hand, to meet functionality needs, everything in your space should serve a specific purpose. This raises the question; how do you get visual cues and functional items to work together?
Create a guided experience through your barbershop
If you have enough space for a reception area, get the right reception desk and man it with a suitable individual. In other words, having a good reception desk is great, but if the person behind it lacks charisma or is easily triggered. Then, your barbershop won’t feel welcoming.
Moreover, the essentials your place has to offer are productivity, convenience, and comfort. To that end, go the extra mile! for example, offer free drinking water, delicious beverage, electronic charging facilities for waiting customers, encourage good conversation, and most importantly, get the job done right!
An added convenience is free WIFI, remember, some people come to your place to simply use your internet.
To clarify, a defining feature can be anything that stands out, so be inventive and talk to your customers on a personal level. The idea is to get to know what they love and what they dislike, don’t forget, barbershop branding is about continuous improvement! And you only improve by learning.
Barbershop interior design rule 2: Create a standout space with geometric shapes
The purpose of geometric shapes in interior spaces such as a barbershop is to create a unique personality for your business, see the thing is, anyone can paint the walls red. But not everyone can unite furniture placement and space aesthetics to create a unifying feel. Make sense?
In interior design, geometric shapes and patterns are simply lines, forms, shapes, points, and angles. The difference between a pro designer and an armature is the latter knows how to incorporate shapes and the former throws shapes together and hopes for the best.
How do you incorporate shapes into your barbershop’s aesthetics?
Start with your furniture or standout feature/s of your space, for example, in the space below the defining item is the workstation.
Notice how the shapes of the items around the workstation complement each other. I mean, the artwork, pottery, plants, and even the bulbs are all different shapes but somehow fit together. The lighting also plays a key role here.
How do you achieve this look?
Decide on the aesthetic you want to create! Your options here include:
- Mondrian style: an aesthetic that is dominated by strict geometric verticals and horizontals limited to simple colours such as red, blue, white, and yellow.
- Circles and greenery: circular mirrors, shapes, and patterns go very well with potted plants.
- Mix circles and rectangles: mix and matching shapes and colours create a fun atmosphere, thus suitable if your target clientele is mostly kids. Also, multi-shape use can create cohesion and add visual interest to your space. We recommend you go for bold shapes and colours.
When all else fails, you always have the option of going back to squares and rectangles. However, whatever aesthetic you go for, contrast it or complement it with the right shaped rugs, mirrors, coffee tables, etc.
Barbershop interior design rule 3: get the right barbershop furniture
To get the job done right, barbers need three items, that is:
1. A good workstation
A workstation is the most important tool in any barbershop, why? That chair and workstation… is where your clients, yourself, or employees will spend plenty of time. Consequently, you have to invest in a visually appealing workstation and a comfortable and functional barber chair.
Here are some quality workstations for your consideration.
2. Quality mirrors
Clients are very cautious with what they allow you to do with their hair, consequently, most want to know what you are doing at all times. A good mirror takes out the fidgeting, doubt, and guesswork, meaning, your clients will no longer have to worry about you messing up or having to turn their heads every three seconds.
Additionally, the mirror you buy depends on three factors, one is the light quality in your space, two, the size of your space, and three, the geometrical patterns you’ve chosen. For dark spaces, we recommend vanity mirrors with bulbs such as this:
open up larger spaces with horizontal mirrors and well thought out lighting such as this:
3. Enough storage
When buying storage for your barbershop, you must consider both function and aesthetics, why? a large wardrobe is useless if it takes all your work area. On the other hand, cheap minimalist storage can affect your overall aesthetic. So, how do you guarantee both aesthetics and functionality?
- Know what to lock up and what to put in full view.
- Consider longevity: quality aesthetically appealing storage often cost more.
- Product shelving should be sleek and simple.
- Wheeled pedicure/ storage carts will save space.
- Styling stations placed against walls open up space.
Barbershop interior design rule 4: balance ‘brights’ with negative spaces
We all know that too much light affects the eye leading to problems such as headaches or migraines. Consequently, if you go big on colours, also include some colour free spaces to balance your brights. By that, I mean, include neutral colours such as brown, beige, grey, white or black in your aesthetic.
On the opposite spectrum, if neutral colours dominate your aesthetic, bring in more natural colours, and add depth to your room by placing mirrors strategically. For example, a top-down mirror near a large window will reflect natural light into that space. Just make sure that you don’t place mirrors in the direct path of harsh light sources.
Barbershop interior design rule 5: anchor your room with the right barbershop rug/flooring
The great thing about barbershop rugs is they add colour, texture, and softness to your space. Thus, rugs serve as very good anchor pieces. Additionally, a ‘rug’ doesn’t necessarily have to be cloth or fabric. Meaning, invest in flooring that fits your aesthetic.
We recommend textured flooring to lessen slippage incidents and to add a little texture. On the other hand, if you want a bold look. There is no harm in going for wooden, industrial, or tiled flooring.
Barbershop interior design rule 6: get a second, third and fourth… opinion
No matter how much thought and care you put into designing your barbershop, you will always have that feeling that something’s off. These nagging thoughts may itch to a point where you make decisions that may end up offsetting all the work you’ve put in.
This raises the question, how do I weed out flaws in interior design?
First, identify common problems such as:
- A weak focal point.
- Lack of individuality/personality in your space.
- Clutter and not enough legroom.
- Art pieces you don’t like.
- The size of rugs, storage, and furnishings.
- Poor light or air quality.
- Problematic curtains or room dividers.
- Furniture placement.
- Electric outlets and cords.
- Lack of accessories.
Second, after identifying the problem, work with staff or partners to get to the root cause of it. For example, if there is too much clutter, work backward. As in, identify the source of cluttering, how it will affect workflow then find a workaround that everyone agrees on.
Remember, making all decisions yourself can make life hell for the staff or everyone else.
So, don’t shy away from getting second, third, or even fourth opinions. In the end, it’s about attracting clients not you!
Is a barbershop interior designer worth it?
You decide, but if you use this guide right, there may be no need to hire one!