The reception desk is the first thing your clients and customers see, so it must give a great first impression. An attractive front desk area can add to your brand value, impress your clients, and boost your employees’ morale. Here, we have come up with 7 essential aspects of choosing the best reception desks for making the great 1st impression.
1. Measure the space available
– A comfortable working space is required for carrying out daily activities. You don’t want your employees or visitors colliding with each other. So, to avoid this, measure the reception area accurately. Keep in mind that the area to keep and move the chairs and side stools is included in the desk space.
2. Pick the right size
– A reception desk has to look appealing and be functional simultaneously. Get a taller desk with less floor space but enough drawers to store files and papers in a smaller space. But if your reception area is wide and spacious, opt for a shorter and longer desk that covers the floor and binds the furniture together. A 48 inches one-person deck suits a small reception area, and a 72 inches two-person desk will be suitable for a mid-size area. An 8.5 feet large desk will be suitable for wide spaces.
3. Adequate space –
Leave 3 feet of space between the surrounding walls and the desk to have free movement of people without dashing into one another. Also, leave 55 inches of space for the receptionist to
turn and move toward the lockers (if any).
4. Best suited shape –
- Curved-shaped– This modern design suits small reception spaces as the functional desk and its draws are curved, occupying less floor space.
- U-shaped– This can come in smooth or edgy curves. A perfect fit for large areas.
- L-shapes– The most common desk shape gives the receptionist an additional surface to work. Even the visitor can use this extra desk arm for filling a form, etc.
- Round-shaped – If you want to place the desk in the center of the room to give 360-degree access to visitors, then this ultra-modern design is for you. But this only suits in an ample office space.
- ADA-style– It is suitable for individuals in wheelchairs. It has two desk surface levels.
5. Best desk style
– Some of the styles are –
- Minimalistic– This desk has clean lines and a smooth surface. This Modern design advocated wooden materials, and Contemporary designs talk about metal and glass.
- Eclectic – Furniture can be of different colors but will share the same curves and lines.
- Glamorous – These desks spill luxury in the form of high-quality wood, ornate light fixtures, leather upholstery, etc.
- Energetic – These desks are colorful with clean lines. They are best suited for advertising or fashion companies.
6. Functionality –
The reception desk should be functional in:
- Adequate storage space in drawers
- Proper counter space to do work
- Suitable height and width for comfortable working and having conversations with the visitors
7. Desk Material
– Material is –
- Laminate – They are scratch-free and affordable, so suited to high-traffic offices like banks.
- Wood-Veneer– It gives a more affluent look without paying the cost of wood. Little trickier to clean.
- Solid wood– It is prone to scratches. They are used in hotels to add luxury.
- Metal– It comes in wood and glass and is suited for industrial offices.
- Stone– Mostly, marble desks are found in this category. It looks classy and depicts modern luxury.
- Glass – It is durable and moderately priced; this suits any modern office setting. It’s easy to clean and maintain. It comes with wood, metal, or stone frames.
Additionally, to make your reception more appealing, add green indoor plants, artwork, and paintings on walls, keep reading materials like books and magazines on a rack, and keep your lighting eye-pleasing. Then your reception is ready to give a great first impression.