We all know the importance of office furniture when deciding what image you want your business to project to visiting clients. Even the style can make a difference, formal and traditional or modern and funky? So where does it have the biggest impact? Possibly the most important part of your premises is your reception area; this is what your clients see first.
So what are the most important things in your reception area?
A nice big reception desk, there are a few reasons why it should be bigger than the other desks in your office. You want your visitors to know where to go for help when they arrive and a big, bold reception desk will give them that message loud and clear. Your receptionist will also most likely be expected to multitask quite often in the role and plenty of space can help them to stay organised. Reception desks come in several different shapes; an L shape is often popular as it allows the receptionist to separate their roles efficiently, using one section for working at the computer and paperwork, while keeping the more visible section clear and ready for greeting your visitors.
The receptionists chair needs to be a good one, not least because it needs to be comfortable for long periods of time. More than anyone in your business, you need your receptionist to be constantly at their post in case of unexpected visitors. A good, comfy chair will help to make that more likely. Consider back support as well as the seat itself.
Visitors seating areas are not present in all office reception areas. It is a considerate touch if visitors will be waiting in reception to give them somewhere to sit. Be creative here and make sure you chose chairs that reflect the nature of your business. What suits your business best? Remember think modern and funky if that suits you business, but perhaps not for an accountancy firm! Dont let yourself down in this area, tired and broken chairs are hardly going to give your visitors the impression you want.