Making The Most Of Your Reception Areas
The first thing your visitors see when they come to your workplace is the reception area, so you need to make it look great to ensure they are impressed.
The look of your reception space informs all the other judgements your visitor will make about you and your company, so don’t give them the chance to form a poor opinion by ensuring your reception area is first rate.
We can help you achieve a first rate reception area, having worked on office fit out projects in many sectors, such as hospitality, retail and education. Our experience in workplace interiors means we are able to offer you expert knowledge and guidance to create a superb office environment tailored to your needs and budget.
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Our guide on how you can make the most out of your reception area
The most important feature of any reception is the reception desk, sometimes called the reception counter. You should think carefully about your receptionist’s needs, as well as the exact purpose the reception desk will need to service, before deciding on a particular model.
To determine the style of your reception desk, you need to recognise the type of business sector you are in and your company’s overall aesthetic. For example, if you are a solicitor or an accountant, you will want a reception counter that has a traditional look and feel that has been updated to be modern. On the other hand, if yours is a media company, you may want to have a fresh and funky reception desk that is ultra-contemporary.
A reception counter is not just a visitor’s ‘anchor point’, it is also a work space for your reception personnel. This means you need to provide enough space for computers and telephone systems, cable storage and channelling, as well as storage units. But you need to ensure that these are hidden, so that your visitor isn’t confronted by ugly cables and mess. You may also need the reception desk to serve your visitors as well as your receptionist, so you may need a space where people can sign in comfortably without having to bend down.
You will also need to consider staff and visitors who have special requirements when it comes to furniture in accordance with the current Disability Discrimination Act and your company’s own disability policy. For example, this will mean you need a reception desk that can be accessed by wheelchair users.
A reception desk or counter is also an opportunity for you to display your company logo, your brand colours and visitor information. Choose a style that provides ample space for signage for a branded and enhanced reception space.
Once you have your reception desk sorted, you want to move on to reception seating for your visitors. Depending on the available space, you can have either single seat chairs or 2- or 3-seater sofas. To help really zone the area, you may want to have side tables or a central coffee table. Tables also provide opportunities for you to display your company’s marketing publications, perfect material to entertain visitors while they wait.
We at OMM can provide you with stylish and comfortable premium reception seating. Whatever your style of interior, we can source the ideal reception seating from our extensive range, whether you want plush leather or faux leather upholstery, or a fabric covering.
If your reception furniture is looking a little tired and you are thinking about replacing it, why not take the opportunity to redecorate your entire reception area? With our help, you can give your reception a fresh new look, bringing together new flooring and lighting complemented by modern colour schemes and decoration.
But not only that. We can also help you plan your office and reception spaces with our professional design service and deliver, build and place your furniture and office products where you want them and when you need them. You can even count on us to remove all packaging.
If you would like to take advantage of our professional office planning service, simply contact our Design team to book your FREE consultation.