Convey your company’s brand and create positive first impressions using modern reception desks. Welcome and engage your guests in your surroundings. The furniture you use in your lobby and reception area sets the tone for your office and influences how clients and vendors will think about doing business with you.
Here’s a brief and useful guide to help you plan your reception area and select the modern reception desks that are going to serve you well and make office visitors feel comfortable.
Brand Your Office with Reception Desks
Customers and vendors may have different perceptions about your company, but one thing is certain: people notice the reception desk and the receptionist immediately when they walk into your workplace.
It’s your opportunity to brand your company and reinforce your mission.
Some Southern California companies get quite creative in their reception areas. Several years ago in Santa Monica, the car rating company, Edmunds, held an open house for its new offices and a Corvette was suspended above the receptionist desk.
But let’s consider the significance of modern reception desks. Do they act as barriers or are they welcoming?
You can see the creative ways that the hospitality industry uses desks where guests check-in. In Old Town Pasadena, the Courtyard by Marriot has installed individual podiums that hold laptops versus the traditional long counter with clerks standing behind it.
The design creates an open and sleek look and all sensitive customer and corporate information is kept online or in a separate office.
How about you? What qualities do you want your reception desk to convey?
Think it through.
Expertise in your industry and caring about customers are two ideas for possibilities.
Impressions matter. A summary in the Harvard Business Review refers to personal interactions, but it also reminds us that we want guests and clients to have a positive experience when they step foot inside the office.
It’s possible for your environment to exude confidence while placing others at ease.
Modern receptionist desks play a role in creating an atmosphere of confidence while helping visitors feel engaged—and not blocked out.
Styles of Reception Desks
Modern reception desks come in a variety of styles to fit any office.
Balance the look and feel that you’re trying to achieve with what you need to accomplish in your office. If you’re in a professional health or legal firm then you certainly want a sophisticated but friendly look. And you may need to protect sensitive data.
An article in Inc. Magazine offers a wise piece of advice: “Consider a lower desk surface, even if the desk itself is wide and imposing. This hides your receptionist less from incoming customers and gives a sense of openness. Yes, you’re keeping sensitive information secure beyond the desk, but you’re available to help those who seek you out.”
Photo: Friant Willow Reception Desk
Look into the Friant Willow Reception Desk with a couple of dozen different finish options.
Another option that fits well in a variety of contemporary offices is the Global Zira Reception Desk.
Photo: Global Zira Reception Desk
Compare the various reception desks that 2010 Office Furniture showcases with the many office designs on the Inspirations page. Minimalist designs to industrial and resimercial styles show how you can create an atmosphere that’s conducive to employee well-being while at the same time placing your guests and clients at ease.
Photo: Source International Lore Lounge
An effective office design can certainly begin with the reception desk.
Using the Best Reception Desk for Your Office Space
Planning your office space is essential and it’s a service that the team at 2010 Office Furniture offers.
Photo: Cherryman Amber Reception Desk
If your reception area is large then a product like the Cherryman Amber Reception Desk can be just the look and fit you need.
Compact desks with stylish storage options are an alternative to make a space look welcoming without appearing cramped. Look into the HON 10700 Series Reception Desk. It integrates easily with other desks and workstations in the same product line.
Photo: HON 10700 Series Reception Desk
Reception Area Furniture For Comfort
Round out the reception area with comfortable seating options. Use multi-purpose chairs that support various body types or get fun and creative with modular lounge furnishings.
Choose from a variety of tables, too, for maximum comfort.
Trust Experience and Customer Satisfaction
Rely on the team at 2010 Office Furniture to care for your office space planning and furnishings.
Photo: Krug Avatar Lounge Chair
2010 Office has a combined 50 years of experience serving clients who are among Southern California’s most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.
Contact them and get input for your projects and office furnishing needs.
Read Also: Modern Office Evolution: Office Furniture Through the Years
Main Photo: Maverick Gravity Reception Desk
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Cherryman, Friant, Global, HON, Krug, Maverick Desk & Source International