When clients, vendors, and other visitors walk through the front doors of your business, the first thing they see is the reception area. They make snap judgments about your enterprise from those first few seconds, so it's important to make a positive impression. Your reception office furniture serves as the first step toward creating an inviting, elegant atmosphere.
Decide How Many People Will Work in Reception Area
Some companies hire just one receptionist or front office administrator to greet people as they walk in the front door, direct traffic, pick up the phone, and see to other important details. You might need more than one person in reception, however, which will impact the types of office reception furniture sets you can buy.
For companies with multiple reception employees, you'll need at least one workstation for each individual. If you run a high-volume business, you might even want extra workstations in case you need to bring in more employees to meet the demand. Offices that cater to dozens of customers each day, such as medical and dental offices, might need more reception workstations than a law office or supply company.
Choose Reception Furniture Set Layouts
Many reception furniture sets are U- or L-shaped. They create a barrier between the office worker and the guest, which protects the confidentiality of documents and materials stored behind the desk while providing the reception worker with a place to host a computer, telephone system, and other equipment.
These configurations are also useful because they allow the worker to access multiple types of storage from one seat. A narrow U-shaped reception furniture set keeps important documents and supplies close at hand so your administrative personnel can fulfill guests' and superiors' requests quickly and efficiently.
Consider, as well, whether your employees sit or stand. In a hotel or other hospitality-industry office, your personnel might stand much of the day and your guests might need to check in or out. A taller reception desk meets both needs quite well. In other environments, employees might spend much of their day sitting behind their desks, so lower reception furniture makes sense.
Choose Surface Materials for Your Furniture
The finishing materials on your reception furniture will communicate your style and aesthetic to guests. If you're hoping to project a formal and elegant aesthetic, choose wood-grain style finishes and polished hardware. For a more carefree or modern approach, consider laminate finishes in shiny or reflective materials.
Define Your Budget
In addition to reception desks and office workstations, you'll also need seating for guests as well as surfaces to hold beverages, reading material, and other items. If you're working on a slim budget, consider used office reception furniture sets. You'll save money, but you won't have to sacrifice on quality.
Refurbished reception furniture offers an even better deal. At Cubiture, we refinish used furniture so it looks like new, but we charge less for each piece. In addition to the cost savings, you won't have to wait to order and ship brand new office furniture.
If you're ready to revamp your reception area, browse office furniture at Cubiture's website or visit our West Houston showroom to check out our inventory.
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