The business world is hugely competitive, so making a good first impression is vital. Many clients, and potential business contacts, first come into face to face contact with your business when they visit your offices. The first place that they see is the reception. This is why it's so important to make a positive impression with the furniture that you choose.
Take your time to choose public area seating that is suited to your brand and that provides visitors with a comfortable experience, that is memorable for the right reasons, when they spend time in the reception area of your business. There are several factors that you need to consider.
There are several types of seating solution that you can opt for in your reception area. Sometimes using different solutions in conjunction is a good idea. Many businesses choose bold colour schemes that make a statement but remember that the colour scheme of the seating you choose should be in keeping with your brand. Here are some options for the type of seating you may want to consider.
• Sturdy rows of connected seating for space saving and durability as well as comfort.
• Bespoke rows of seating in winding or circular designs for a creative touch.
• High back singular seats with arm rests if guests are likely to spend longer periods in the reception area.
• Leather couches for a relaxed but stylish approach.
• Stacking chairs for situations when extra seating is required. This means that additional seating can be stored away when not in use, creating more space in the reception area.
Of course, it's not just guests that require good seating, receptionists do too. Providing comfortable and ergonomic seating for receptionists is important. It helps to maintain their health and well-being and it improves the first impressions of visitors as the reception staff are likely to be happier if they are comfortable.
Whichever seating you choose for your reception area, remember that it should be durable. You do not want to invest in a product which is easily scuffed and damaged and begins to look worn out quickly. This will not make a good first impression on guests.
It's not only seating that you need to think about, when you are choosing furniture for a reception space. Your choice of desks and tables is important too.
Your reception desk is an important piece of furniture. It needs to be the right height and size to ensure the comfort of the reception staff and to make sure that visitors get that vital good first impression. While staff need to have enough room to carry out their work, opting for a massively imposing reception desk is not normally a good idea. It can be off-putting to guests.
You also need to choose a reception desk that can withstand wear and tear well. A scruffy and scratched desk space is not going to make a good impression on anyone. For an added touch, choose a bespoke desk that reflects your branding.
The tables you choose for your reception area will depend on the use of the area itself. If guests are likely to be offered a drink when they arrive, you need to make sure that the table provision means that have somewhere safe to put it. The last thing you need is for a hot drink to be spilled over a client's clothes because they are trying to balance a hot cup of coffee on their knees. Visitors notice this type of consideration and it forms part of their first impression of your business.
On the other hand, if your reception area is simply a place for people to sit for a short period of time, you may prefer to have just a couple of tables located in central areas, holding some literature about your business for people to read while they wait.
You should never underestimate the importance of reception furniture, when it comes to making a first impression. If the furniture that you choose is uncomfortable, or situated in the wrong way, it can be off-putting for people. Taking care to provide furniture that is comfortable, in good condition and fit for purpose means that you get off on the right foot with people who are visiting your offices. You can then go on to build a good relationship with them.