When opening a nail salon, perhaps your most important investment is the manicure station. The station is going to dictate the entire theme of your salon. Do you want to have an upscale, fancy type of salon? Then you will need to purchase top of the line manicure stations. Or perhaps you could use antique furniture for your manicure stations. This will also give the salon an elegant feel. You will also need to pay particular attention when ordering chairs for your stations. They could be leather, made specifically to have one's nails manicured, or they could be elegant high backed antique chairs, or you could even have a chair representing some sort of theme, like the Caribbean or Europe for example. Whichever type you choose, comfort is of the utmost importance.
If you want to have a more basic type of nail salon with the cost conscientious client in mind, then you should keep your manicure stations a little more basic. The basic tables will give the appearance that your prices are going to represent the absence of frills, and the lower cost of the basic tables will allow you to save money and possibly pass those savings on to your clients. While I do recommend a basic table, I wouldn't recommend scrimping on the chairs.
Whatever type of manicure station you decide to use, there are some basic things that the different types will have in common. For example, all stations should be comfortable and include comfortable seating, for not only the client but also the manicurist. A comfortable employee is a happy employee. After all, she will be spending a lot of time at that manicure station, and if she is going to keep the clients coming back, she will need to be happy. You will also need to keep some supplies at the manicure station.
Each station should have its own set of manicure tools, everything from emery boards to cuticle creams and lotions, to the actual polishes. The station should provide adequate storage for all of these necessary tools. There should be plenty of drawers and shelving. Each station will need a flat countertop space for manicuring. There should also be adequate lighting at each manicure station.
The station should have a bowl for soaking hands at the initial phase of the manicure. It may also include some sort of hand rest for the client to rest their wrists on during the manicure. It is not necessary to have a separate sink for each manicure station. You can have a shared sink for all stations, or even the one in the restroom will do just fine.
Whether you plan to have many stations within a nail only salon, or simply one manicure station within an existing salon, spacing is also an important thing to consider. The stations should have plenty of space between them and other beauty shop paraphernalia. Nothing is more unattractive or uncomfortable than a cramped space.