Will the reception desk need to accommodate disabled visitors?
Yes! Always do your best to accommodate wheelchair users and disabled visitors. A low table on or near the reception desk could be added if the desk height is not adjustable. If attached to the desk the table top will need to protrude from the front and should be around 75cm high. Exposed table corners should ideally be rounded and where possible have a contrasting edge colour to help visually impaired visitors.
Will I need a bespoke size?
If you have a small or awkwardly shaped reception area or wish to ensure that a walkway remains at a minimum width when the furniture is placed, then you will almost certainly need a bespoke size. Our reception desks are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can easily and affordably be made to order in bespoke sizes for perfectly fitting furniture.
How do I match a logo or brand colour?
Matching your reception furniture to your brand colours or a specific logo is an easy way to create a seamless first impression in corporate spaces and can help to make a space feel professionally designed and even larger when colours are in harmony.
We don’t advise that you select colours on a computer screen which is why we provide material swatches for true colour matching.
Can the reception desk surface be wiped down or disinfected?
In any public area, and especially if the reception desk is located in a doctor’s surgery or clinic waiting room, desks will need to be hygienically cleaned. All of our commercial grade furniture is designed to withstand the rigors of public space. Most modern desks are made from laminate, the same material as a kitchen work surface, so are easily cleaned, as are glass surfaces.
Do I need a countertop on a reception desk?
It’s not absolutely necessary for informal receptions like agencies or if the receptionist is just giving directions in a high traffic area. A counter top is required for spaces like surgeries and doctor’s waiting rooms where confidential private or medical documents are used.
How high should a reception desk countertop be?
The standard height of a reception counter top is around 110cm to 115cm, while the ideal desktop height for a space where monitors and phones are used is normally around 75cm high.
You may wish to consider adding various levels of height to the reception area, with higher areas to allow privacy and security, or lower levels to allow maximum accessibility and to more easily accommodate wheelchair users.
What extras can I add to my reception desk?
Extras could include matching office cabinets, integrated cabinets, power and USB sockets, LED lighting and desk chairs.
Will I need storage cabinets for my reception desk?
That depends on who will be using the desk. A doctor's waiting room will need sliding or tambour door office cabinets for files and records. If you just need a space to store personal items like bags and keys then an under-desk drawer or cabinet would be more suitable. For coat and jacket storage you will need a high cabinet with a rail or hooks.
How long does it take to order a reception desk?
Usually around four to six weeks depending on the type of reception desk. If you have a tight deadline please call our furniture experts on 020 8840 6298 for immediate availability details.
How does the desk arrive at our office?
Our fully trained fitters will deliver, unpack and assemble your new reception desk for you.
This service is also available outside normal office working hours for minimal downtime.