Stand up tanning booths vs lay down

Commercial tanning beds are flooding the market, be it of the clam shell design or of the vertical kind. Many people want to get that perfect tan but not all of them have enough free time to go to the beach and get their golden tint there.

These busy individuals have turned to tanning salons or home tanning beds to provide them with a way to build and maintain a tan.

Tanning salons are increasingly becoming popular and there are a lot of these establishments cropping up everywhere, many of which are coupled together with other beauty establishments such as salons and spas.

All of these tanning establishments depend on heavy-duty equipment that are specifically designed to be operated for many customers on a daily basis before requiring any form of maintenance checks or replacements.

This commercial tanning equipment is also very easy to clean, is easily kept in good condition, and can be spot checked between each tanning session.

Horizontal tanning beds

There are several styles of commercial tanning beds. The most common being the horizontal tanning bed, which is also known as the clam shaped design bed.

These clam shaped beds are typically manufactured with a length ranging from six to seven feet. This equipment typically comes with a cover to close over the tanner.

While this type of commercial tanning bed is the most widely used within the tanning industry, many tanners still find having to lie down on a surface that was previously used by others to be objectionable. Some people also find this kind of tanning bed to be rather claustrophobic.

Stand up tanning booths

A great substitute to the use of horizontal commercial tanning beds is the stand up tanning booth. Here are some advantages to the use of stand up commercial tanning beds:

Less floor space

Tanning booths stand vertically, so they take up less floor space. This could also mean that a tanning salon can have more tanning booths in its service area instead of just a limited number of horizontal tanning beds.


Stand up tanning booths do not require the tanner or the user to have any contact with any part of the tanning booth, so the booth becomes easier to clean and there is less likelihood of the transmittal of any skin diseases.

Bigger tanning area

The improved size of the tanning booth makes it more acceptable for the few individuals who do not particularly enjoy being in small areas or enclosed spaces.

More tanning lamps, lower required time for tanning

The augmented size of the booth allows for the installation of more tanning lamps. This decreases the time needed for the tanner to stay inside the booth to get his tan.

The recent advances in technology has also prompted some tanning bed manufacturers to produce a new type of tanning bed, one that can be used both as horizontal tanning bed and as a stand up tanning booth.

This new design provides for higher levels of comfort for the tanner as well as an elevated concentration of tanning lamps.

Another step up for the tanning bed industry is the integration of the cooling fans into the tanning beds produced for commercial use.

The tanning beds that are being manufactured today are better equipped to reduced and dissipate the heat produced by the ultraviolet light, therefore improving the tanner’s level of comfort.

Most tanning salons that are of high reputation will have these beds available for their customers. They will also provide their tanners with the paraphernalia needed to meet safety standards such as protective eye wear.

Any would be tanner should also expect these tanning salons to provide them with a free assessment for health reasons, recommendations for tanning dosages as well as lotions for your skin as you undergo the tanning process.