Reception furniture buying guide

Your reception area is often the first impression that customers, colleagues and other visitors get of your working environment, so while it’s important that your office furniture is functional, it should also look the part and create a sense of welcome.

If you’re looking for furniture for your office’s reception area, you’re in the right place. Our reception furniture buying guide contains everything you need to know about reception desks, sofas and seating solutions.

Reception desks

A reception desk is the focal point of the majority of reception areas, providing a space for your front-of-house team to work and greet visitors as they arrive.

The type of reception desk that is right for your work space will depend on a range of factors, including the space you have to work with, your industry, the style of your working environment, and how your employees work.

There are a wide range of different reception desks available, to suite every space.

When it comes to design, contemporary reception desks tend to be simple and minimalist, crafted from modern materials such as metal, plastic and glass. They often have LED lights, and accents such as metal detailing, or glass fronts. Traditional reception desks, on the other hand, are typically made from wood.

Glass reception desk

Glass top reception desk

After design, the next thing to consider is dimensions. The amount of space available will vary from workplace to workplace, and this will ultimately dictate the dimensions of the desk.

There are a variety of shapes available to suit your space and design goals.  Curved reception desks can stand alone or work with other desks or units to create a larger space, or to create an enclosed working area for your reception staff. L-shaped, U-shaped, and linear desks are also popular. Desks can also incorporate spaces for visitors to sit to complete forms and paperwork, or simply wait in comfort.

L-shaped reception desks

Modern L-shaped reception desk

The function of the desk should also be considered. For example, screens can be added to certain parts of the desk to create privacy, while storage can also built-in to ensure that the reception furniture is as practical and functional as possible. And, when it comes to colours and finishes, the options are endless.

You can also commission a bespoke reception desk to perfectly meet your requirements.

Reception seating

When planning your reception space, it’s a good idea to allocate a seating area for visitors to the building. Consider the maximum number of seats that might be needed at peak times, the type of seating you want to offer, and where the seats will be positioned.

There are a huge range of reception seating options available, including tub chairs, sofas, high back chairs, benches, beam seating and modular reception seating.

Modular seating

Modular seating is incredible popular as it can be re-configured to adapt to your business’s changing needs.

Modular reception seating in a car showroom

High back sofas

High back sofas are ideal if you need to optimise privacy in your reception area, creating a visual and acoustic barrier, while chairs and sofas grouped around a reception coffee table offer a great, informal break-out area.

High back sofa seating

Beam seating

Beam seating is ideal for reception areas where larger numbers of people will be waiting. Beam seating can maximise the space set aside for seating and increase seating capacity for the area. There are some amazing designs to ensure the reception area still looks great.

A reception area with yellow backed beam seation

What are your visitors likely to be doing while they wait in reception? Will they need to work or prepare in that time? If so, your reception seating will need to incorporate plugs, charging points, and a table or other surface they can use.

If you’re likely to have guests who will be visiting your office together, it may be beneficial to arrange your seating in clusters, if your space allows of course.

Remember, it’s important to ensure that, as well as looking great and complementing the available space, your reception seating is also comfortable and easy to maintain and clean.

Things to consider when buying reception furniture

When buying reception furniture, there are number of key points to consider, including:

  • How much space do you have to work with?
  • What functions will your reception space offer? Will you need space for visitors to sit and await their appointment, for example? Do you need a reception desk to accommodate multiple staff members?
  • How will you lay out your reception area to make best use of the available space?
  • Will your reception furniture need to fit with a specific style or colour scheme?
  • Will the reception furniture be able to withstand daily use? Will it last?
  • What are your plans for future growth?
  • What is your budget?

Why BT Office furniture?

Since 1994, we have been providing office furniture, including reception furniture, to businesses and workspaces around the UK.

Using our own fleet of vehicles and team of specialist fitters, we ensure that your office reception furniture arrives undamaged and is installed by experts, who are familiar with the products. We offer an extensive range of reception furniture suitable for a variety of office environments, including reception desks and reception seating in various colours, shapes, sizes and finishes.

Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you create the optimum reception area in your workspace.