While there are many costs involved in running a salon or barber shop, the pricing and costs of barber chairs are top among the budget considerations. While it is a sizable initial investment, quality barber and salon chairs will return the investment in durability and ease of use. Though the size of salons and barber shops vary, the average number of chairs for a salon is five. Depending on the client volume and staff available, a barber shop may be able to succeed with less.
As with any major purchase, there are many factors that play into the pricing of barber shop chairs and styling chairs. There are a variety of options that will enhance the functionality of the barber equipment, while others will enhance the visual appeal of the chair. Some of the options that affect the pricing and costs of barber chairs are:
- Are the adjustments made via hydraulics or electric?
- How elaborate is the style of the salon or barber chair?
- Is the chair new or used?
Decide between barber chairs with hydraulic or electric basesThe majority of barber chairs are adjusted via hydraulic pumps and usually run between $150 to $1000 for hydraulic salon chairs and $700-2000 for hydraulic barber chairs. Choosing a motorized base will increase this range, on average, from $1000 to $2000 dollars. When choosing between these options, take maintenance costs, such as motor repair, into account.
Choose salon chairs with style options that fit your budgetThis is an area where you can really control the price of your barbershop or beauty salon chair. Simple styles with vinyl upholstery can start in the $100 to $200 range. More elaborate options such as leather upholstery wood paneling, or artistic design can increase that base price from $500 to $2000, depending on the options chosen.
Consider purchasing used barber chairs and salon chairsBuying gently used salon equipment can be a cost-effective option to acquire high end chairs at drastically reduced prices. If you have access to affordable maintenance services, you can make the most of this option by purchasing chairs needing rehabilitating for even lower prices. Be sure to research any used barber chair suppliers before purchasing and make sure to ask for additional information and pictures to ensure you have full disclosure of the condition of the item.
- When comparing costs, pay close attention to the quality of the styling of barber chairs for sale. Though you may save money in the initial investment, if the chair doesn't withstand daily use, you will be incurring replacement costs down the road.