How to design a grooming salon

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When you set out to design a grooming salon it's important to remember that every decision you make will make an impact on your business: for better or for worse. By considering all aspects carefully you can unleash your cat and dog grooming business' potential.

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Before you even begin to design your grooming salon, consider the layout of your space and the various areas you'll need for your business. You'll need designated areas for receiving customers, caging, bathing and trimming dogs and cats. Laundry and staff areas (e.g. rest rooms and a kitchen) should also be included in your design.

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Begin with the design for the reception area of your grooming salon. Ideally, this should have more than one entrance as it makes your establishment more friendly to owners of troublesome, frail or large pets. And, if your service extends to cats, this is absolutely essential. Some kind of seating area should be created within the design which will enable customers to wait comfortably for their pets return. A work desk or counter in this area is needed to handle bookings and payments.

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The caging area should be in a location which can be checked regularly by staff. If you're grooming business accepts both cats and dogs, include cages in several sizes.

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The bathing area is the noisiest and hottest part of any grooming salon, so it makes sense to place this at a good distance from the reception area. This occupies the largest area of your design and should include a pre-bath, combing table; stainless steel bathing tubs and a drying area. With so much water around in this part it goes without saying that every area needs to be designed to be non-slip. Steel bath tubs will need to suit all shapes and needs of your clients. If space allows, you will benefit from having different sizes available. Hydraulic lifts can reduce the strain caused by lifting heavier dogs into the baths, but these can be expensive. Fit tub drains with traps to collect pet hair.

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The trimming area should be located close to the reception area of your grooming salon. This allows pets a quick return to their owners. Hydraulic grooming tables maximise comfort for your groomers. This area should be well-lit with spotlights fitted to the ceiling. Storage drawers and cabinets are essential in this part of the grooming salon. Keep trimming equipment within easy reach of the grooming tables.

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The laundry room and employee areas don't necessarily need to take up a large amount of space in your grooming salon. However it is important that each meets the needs of your business. At the very minimum, staff members will need a place to store their personal items and toilet facilities.

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