As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When visitors like clients, prospective employees, or executive members of another branch enter your office for the first time, your reception area will tell them a lot about your business. If you want to create a positive impression for your guests, you need a complete reception area that communicates the personality, priorities, and professionalism of your company.
Furnishing the Reception Area
What does a fully furnished reception area need? We recommend these four essential elements:
- A Neat and Accessible Reception Desk
Obviously, the person behind your reception desk must be friendly and professional, but you also need to give them a good space to work in. The reception desk should be large enough to provide a productive, functional work area, as well as visible and approachable from all entrances.
- Plenty of Seating
Ideally, you won’t keep people waiting in your reception room too long, but until someone comes to greet them and walk them into the main office, they’ll need comfortable places to sit. You can choose chairs in any style that fits your reception area’s décor. Make sure you get enough chairs for everyone who might visit at one time—maybe a few more than your first hunch so no one will ever feel crowded.
Placing a few end tables and coffee tables in your reception area makes it more useful and comfortable. Besides that, tables make great places to put out your company literature so guests can read about your accomplishments and values while they wait. Just remember to throw out the old copies of People magazine every once in a while.
- The Right Atmosphere
An inviting atmosphere goes a long way toward making your reception area an impressive, memorable place for your customers, vendors, and other visitors, even if all the elements don’t strictly count as furniture. Set the right tone with bright lighting, soft background music, plants, and accessories, either hung on the wall or placed in display cases.
If you need more furniture for your reception area, Modern Office should be your first call. We have a large selection of every kind of furniture you’ll need for your reception room, and the rest of your office, at industry-leading prices. When you’re ready to start placing an order, call us at 1-800-443-5117.