Technical guide for a beauty salon design

Technical guide for a beauty salon design

Here is a technical guide for a beauty salon design: functional and distribution layouts together with a practical example

A beauty salon design project requires particular attention to functionality, perception of hygiene and to the charm that environments should convey to customers, so to optimize work and provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

The functionality of the beauty salon is determined by adequate spaces arrangement, equipment and accessories distribution and efficient flows in the workspace.

If you need to design a beauty salon in a hotel or a gym, you are reading the right article

In this Focus insight, we’ll be analysing  functional and distributional aspects of a beauty salon project, providing you the practical example of a medium-sized beauty salon (70sqm), designed with the architectural BIM design software Edificius.

In addition, you can download the  beauty salon project drawings and the 3D BIM model.

Technical guide for a beauty salon design



Beauty salon design: functional and distributional layouts

Functions in a beauty salon are multiple and, consequently, the dimensions of the environments will depend on them. The main functional areas and relating furnishing elements include:

Technical guide for a beauty salon design


  1. Customer Toilet
  2. Employees Toilet/Storeroom
  3. Massage Room/Body Treatment
  4. Hall
  5. Entrance / Reception
  6. Manicure / pedicure Area


Characteristics of this area can be identified in certain factors that make it a welcoming and comfortable space. You will need to keep on mind aesthetic aspects so to impress customers right away.


Customer toilets

Accessibility and usability standards for disabled people must be respected, therefore you must plan sanitary facilities with dimensions that would allow space for a wheelchair to maneuver. Generally, standard dimensions are:

  • 1.50 x 1.50 m per WC without internal washbasin
  • 1.80 x 1.80 m per WC with internal washbasin
  • 2.40 m as minimum height

Additional measures to add accessibility and providing more space should also be considered in the anteroom, that should have a width of 1.50 m at least.

Employees toilets

It is not necessary to take into account the minimum dimensions required for people with disabilities because these toilets are used only by employees.

In this case, the minimum recommended dimensions to ensure easy movement are 0.90 x 1.00 m, without the presence of the internal washbasin that can  be installed in the anteroom.

A storeroom could also be designed if there is extra space so to concentrate the staff functions all in a single place.

Treatment Areas

This area encompasses different operations, such as: massage room, hair removal, manicure and pedicure, facial treatment, solarium, etc.

Technical guide for a beauty salon design


Common sense should be used when it comes to design and inserting equipments in compliance with the various national regulations.

For instance, European Union standards require that:

  • room heights with continuous presence of people are minimum 2.70 m
  • area surface with a single employee is minimum 15.00 m², that increases of  5.00 m² for each additional workstation
  • floors must have a homogeneous and washable surface
  • beauty salon booths for treatments must be delimited by walls, even not full height. It is advisable that the height is not exceeding 2/3 of that of the room and in any case in full respect of the user’s privacy right
  • booths must be equipped with regular washstands

Furthermore, it is advisable to keep the entrance separate even if only visually) from the treatment areas, so to avoid any possible discomfort for the customer and guarantee more privacy.

A practical example of a 70sqm beauty salon

To plan an attractive and functional beauty salon you will need to make the most of the space available and get the right layout.

Technical guide for a beauty salon design


Beauty salons can have large, medium or small size with typical dimensions: 100, 70 or even 40 m². In our case study we will consider a bauty salon of 70 m² and identify 3 environments:

entrance-reception / toilets / treatment area

The entrance area has been designed to give a strong visual impact and “impress” the customer.

In order to give a sense of movement to flat surfaces, both horizontal and vertical, it has been decided to insert false ceilings and perforated counter-walls that are highlighted by strip-leds and spotlights.

In addition, to decorate the environment some shelves have been mounted in the wall niches at the back of the counter and on the back wall.

To ensure better lighting and a better scenic effect, a lacquered material has been used on the counter-walls and false ceilings, and a glazed exposed brick on the wall behind the seats and on the inside of one of the two curved walls used to separate the entrance from the hall.

Technical guide for a beauty salon design


Two rooms have also been planned for the toilets, one for customers and one for employees.

The first one consists of two WC areas and an anteroom, that are accessible also by people with disabilities; the second one consists of a WC area and an anteroom, also used as a small storage area. Both toilets are covered with easily washable material, as required by regulations.

The “Treatment” area consists of two rooms: one for massages, facial treatment, epilation (and other treatments that require beds) and one for pedicures and manicures (as well as other treatments that do not require special equipment).

The first room has a 2.20 m high wall in the middle that separates the two workstations where the beds are placed; there is also a shared shower and a sink per work area. Walls are covered with treated wood.

Technical guide for a beauty salon design


The second room is, instead, a single environment where there is a table with manicure seats and a pedicure station: in this case the walls are painted with washable material to comply with hygiene standards.

Project drawings in DWG and 3D BIM model download


Download the 3D BIM model (.edf file) of the project

Download the project DWG drawings