Many salon owners are wonder – “Do I need a barber chair with retractable footrest to accommodate my handicapped clients?”
My answer is no. Why would you purchase an entire new styling chair to assist the handicap or the elderly? Many salon furniture companies want to sell you what they think that you need. When the salon owner realizes that they are in need of something to accommodate customers with disabilities they are not always thinking of buying a new barber chair. Many salons already have salon equipment in place. There is no need to purchase a new barber chair just to accommodate a few.
Is there an easier answer?
There is an easier answer to this problem. Rose Pedals, Inc. has a footrest designed specifically for the handicap and the elderly that is an accessory item that replaces the standard “U” shaped footrest.
It only takes a few minutes to install. You remove the existing screws that are UNDER the seat cushion and then add the Rose Pedal footrest. This footrest comes fully assembled and fits chairs of widths of 12-18 inches wide. The Rose Pedal footrest fits many styles of chairs, for example, Belevedere, Takara-Belmont, Pibbs, just to name a few. As long as the footrest is attached under the seating area of the chair, it should fit. There is also a nut on the middle bar of this footrest that allows for fitting adjustments at different widths.
The middle bar of the Rose Pedal footrest is unique in that it helps shorter customers to be able to push themselves back into the shampoo bowl. And, as another added bonus, with the footplates in the down position it allows for easy access for children. Children can get into the chair by climbing into the chair like a ladder.
What to look for in a new barber chair
When purchasing a barber chair most styles are not designed for easy access. They are designed for how they look. Now that the boomers are aging there is an urgent need to facilitate their needs. Many salons and Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing homes are forgoing the cost of a barber chair with retractable footrest and instead adapting to the Rose Pedal footrest to accommodate the needs of the elderly and the handicap.
Soon, all of America will have at least one in every salon or barber shop!
Why wait until someone gets hurt before you remove the obstacles of getting into and out of the styling chairs?