Spaceist have created a short guide to buying a reception desk. Whether you need a corner reception desk, white reception desk or glass reception desk this will guide you through the the most important things to consider before buying your new desk.
The first and most important thing when thinking about a new reception desk is to order the correct size desk. The desk should be large enough to accommodate the user/users and should be proportionally correct for the room. Remember this is the first area your client will see so it is important to make a great first impression.
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There are six main types of reception desk:
For wheelchair users who need to use your reception desk the following desks are suitable or have a DDA desk option
Find some masking tape and measure out the size of reception desk. Stick the masking tape to the floor in the shape of the desk then step back and see if the size of the desk looks proportional to the reception. You can also do the same for and extra storage that is needed. Remember if it looks wrong it usually is.
For a desk with a counter top you will need a minimum depth of 75cm desk depth for monitors below a 31cm high. This means the monitor will fit under the counter top. If the computer screen is higher than 31cm you will need a 90cm deep desk. Please note some desks come with a recess in the top to accommodate the monitor screen.
All reception desks are made to order so you can choose your size, colour and any bespoke modifications. Usually there is not a great price different from the standard sizes. Call 020 8840 6298 for expert furniture advice.
There are several types of plug + USB sockets from rotating, pop-up and wireless charging points.
When choosing lockable reception storage consider what will be placed into the cabinet or drawer. When using box files or hanging files you need to allow a certain amount of space to accommodate the height. Consider adding coat hooks, USB chargers and metal shelves for heavy items.
An ergonomic task chair should always be used to seat a user at a reception desk. Because of the long periods and moment a user has to make whilst sitting at a reception desk the chair needs to have suitable adjustments and wheels. Adjustments to consider are back tilt adjustment, forward tilt, lumbar support, seat depth adjustment, height adjustment and adjustable arms.
By Alexander Pickles / BA (Hons) Furniture Design