Salon Design

The Piece De Resistance

It’s that piece you can’t live without. That special pedicure chair that fits the contours of your back so perfectly well, or that communal nail bar where clients circle for quick chats, or even that snazzy retail shelf bringing in extra dollars every month. It’s the item that makes the greatest impact on your day, and here’s why you’re thankful for it.

Comfy Leather Couch

Kimberly Huffman

The Nail Inn, Venice, Fla.


“Everyone that sits on it for the first time says ‘I

could go to sleep here,’ so I put up a sign [inset]

that says ‘If you should fall asleep, I pick your color.’”


How long have you had it? 3 years

How much did it cost and where did you get it? $200 from a consignment store

Why did you feel a need to purchase this item? I used to use a comfy leather chair when I was the only one doing pedicures. But opening up a salon I knew I would need more stations for the potential of having other techs, so I searched for a black leather couch after drawing up my idea for the base.

Our pedi-couch gets used daily by myself and two other coworkers either for pedicures, foot detox, or husbands who want to nap while waiting for their wives’ nails to dry.



Manicure Station

Patricia “Trish” Mullins

Nail & Body Works, Clay City, Ky.


“Working at this station allows me to lean into my work

instead of bending over it. It brings my clients’ hands

up closer to eye level, and if I get tired of sitting, [inset]

I push the stool back and stand for a few minutes.”


How long have you had this piece of furniture?  2 months

How much did it cost? I asked a good friend of mine to make it for me and he’s been so kind to work with me on this. He hasn’t given me a price on it yet, but I am making payments to him until he gives me a price, hoping that will prompt him to give me a bill.

Why did you feel you needed to purchase this item? Before I had a regular nail station and I would stay bent over my work. By the end of the day my shoulders and neck would be hurting. I talked with my chiropractor about standing or sitting on a bar stool to work and he thought it would be a good idea and that it should help with my neck problems.

Then I saw my good friend G Elizondo of Young Nails at a trade show and told her about my shoulder and neck pain, and she told me about her specialized tall manicure table and gave me the blueprints. The credit really belongs to her.  

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