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Office reception area furniture… First impressions count

Jul 16, 2018

Let’s makes this clear right from the start, the office reception area furniture you choose… matters. It’s the first impression, second impression, and ongoing impression your business gives each time you have a visitor.

Let’s makes this clear right from the start, the office reception area furniture you choose… matters. It’s the first impression, second impression, and ongoing impression your business gives each time you have a visitor. And visitors aren’t just potential customers – who are, obviously, very important – they are also other key individuals who can have an impact on your business. People such as your employees, whose morale needs to be maintained. Your suppliers, who need to know you are a business of substance. Members of the media, who may jump at the chance to publicise their first take of your set up. And you thought it was all about customer service and quality products… Who knew that office reception area furniture had such influence, eh?

What to consider when choosing office reception area furniture

As soon as someone walks through the door, you’ll want them to feel welcome and at ease.  You’ll also probably want them to subliminally be thinking that you’re successful, professional, and approachable. Plus we’re anticipating that you’ll hope they know they’re in the right place; whether that’s to buy from you, work for you, or sell to you. So, putting aside important accessories such as plants and wall decorations, what core items of office reception area furniture should you be considering?

Reception desk

Often the first major furniture item anyone sees when they walk in is your reception desk, so it really does need to reflect all those qualities listed above. However, there’s more to a reception desk than just that; it needs to be functional too. Your receptionist has to be able to get on with their paperwork without it looking cluttered and messy. IT equipment and cabling needs to look neat and tidy. Telephone wiring should be out of sight.

Reception area seating

The seating in an office reception gets more use than many realise. It needs to be durable, therefore, whilst still looking stylish. The type of reception seating you choose will depend on many factors such as the footfall of people through your door, how long they stay in your reception, and what you want them to do whilst they’re there. Modular seating can offer great flexibility, and can be shaped to fit your reception area. But then tub chairs and sofas may offer a slightly different feel, with cushioned seats and contoured backs that can be extremely comfortable. It’s worth considering removable covers because they make cleaning easy, but leather always… always… adds an executive flourish. It’s up to you.

Coffee tables

These are a must. You can’t really say you have a complete set of office reception area furniture without them. People need to be able to put cups down, check their laptops, pick up company literature. Choosing a finish that’s easy to keep clean is paramount. But with the variety of shapes, heights, and sizes available now, you will be sure to find something that matches your seating perfectly.

So, whoever you’re trying to impress it’s worth putting some thought into the office reception area furniture you choose. If you’re stumped for ideas, though, just give us a ring. We’d be delighted to guide you in the right direction.

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