The Nail Spa Design Checklist

It can be hard to make your nail spa stand out among the rest. Similarly, it can be difficult to incorporate a nails station into your existing spa as well. When designing a nail space, there are some important factors to keep in mind. We've spoken to the experts to get their opinions on how to make your nail spa shine. Here are some helpful dos and don'ts you'll want to follow when designing or redesigning your nail space.

  • DO consider your space. Some of the most innovative and creative decor solutions come from reimagining tight spaces and utilizing what you have at your disposal.”
  • DON’T be cluttered. A messy workspace or disorganized nail spa is a poor reflection of your business. When designing your space, account for adequate storage and a discreet cleaning area—give everything a ‘home’ and ensure that they are returned to that space after use.”
  • DO let your brand speak, but DON’T let your branding get crowded. Often in the excitement of decorating, people opt for ‘all of the above’ and could end up with a glitzy, glamorous, and ultra-modern entryway; a Balinese-inspired pedicure throne; and a shabby-chic repurposed country manicure station. Stick to one look, and bring it to life with your decor.”

—Noel Asmar, founder and CEO, Noel Asmar Pedicure Bowls & Accessories

  • DO determine if the decor element is going to be temporary or long-term, and budget accordingly.”
  • DON’T buy on price only, look for value. Well-made equipment with regular maintenance should last for years.”
  • DO consider how plumbing will play into the design layout. Ask your contractor or plumber what type of plumbing hookup your spa needs. You may also want to consider a no-plumb spa. A removable tub holds the water, and the spa does not require installation, hoses, or pipes.”
  • DO ensure you have enough space for your pedicure spas (does the chair recline and swivel, do the manicure trays fold down), and plan on enough room for tech chairs, supplies, and accessory carts."
  • “DO look for materials that are compatible with the spa environment, such as those that are acetone-resistant, easy-care, and eco-friendly.”

—Karen Raasch, sales and marketing director, Continuum Pedicure Spas

  • DO always put yourself in the client’s shoes. Consider what they want, but it’s also important for the nail spa to set the tone, too, even if that doesn’t accommodate all client needs.”

—Albert Kim, marketing director, J&A USA



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