Reception Desks

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White Reception Desk

Our designers and space planning experts will help you to find the perfect white reception desk for your space from options including curved, circular and corner reception counter to standing units. Fabulous front panel designs come in glass, white, black, padded fabrics, metal, wood and even LED lights. Or tell us your bespoke size and colour requirements and we’ll advise using CAD drawings, images and colour swatches.

What space requirement do I need behind a corporate reception counter? The minimum space is 100cm but for practical reasons 120cm is preferred. A user in a wheelchair needs 150cm space to turn the chair.

What size modern reception desk do you need to seat two people? You will need a counter with a length or width of 300cm. Each user needs a minimum of 120cm space when sitting.


  • Black desk with stripes

    AtWork Standing Office Counter

    From £3097

    For a more casual style try our new AtWork high option. Use standing up or sitting on a stool.
    184d x 80d | 204w x 80d cm

  • Large Reception Counter Wood

    Era Three Person Office Counter

    From £3177

    Dark or oak wood finish with anthracite, black or white corners & desk top panels.
    335w | 375w | 415w cm

  • 45 white corner reception desks

    Forty5 Corner Reception Desk

    From £2998

    Minimalist corner unit in white, black, grey or oak. Includes down light & cable management.
    208w | 248w | 308w cm + specials

  • Hi-line orange corner desk with rounded ends

    Hi-line Curved Corner Reception Desk

    From £4767

    White corner unit with colourful top. Top unit can be finished in over 124 colours.
    Any size up to 400 x 200 cm

  • Glass Reception Desk on Wood Floor

    Lina Reception Desk with Low Table

    From £2049

    Suitable for one or two receptions with a range of matching storage. Counter top is 110.5cm high.
    165, 185, 245 or 265 cm wide

  • Black reception desk with fabric front

    Oblique Padded Black Reception Desk

    From £1632

    Features include a padded fabric front, modular corner or straight unit & shelving.
    102w | 140w | 110h | 90d

  • Valde wavy gloss white reception desk

    Valde Curved Clinic Reception Desk

    From £4667

    Long curved desk which is suitable to seat up to two receptionists. Glossy white front panel.
    438w cm + smaller sizes

  • White and oak half circle reception desk

    Valde Half Circle Reception Counter

    From £4628

    Suitable for one receptionist in a large reception area with the option of complete circle configuration.
    336w | 162d | 110h cm

  • Small Glass Counter

    Valde Small Office Counter

    From £1921

    Integrated cable management & storage in end the panels. The glossy front is highlighted with an LED light.
    192w | 222w | 292w cm + specials


“We are very pleased with the furniture. The tables and chairs look great in the new cafe; very happy with the design and quality.”

ENGLISH HERITAGE – David Brown | Project Manager


What types of reception desks are there?

What types of reception desks are there?

  • Corner - corner reception desks are designed to create a corner for privacy or to provide extra workspace. Ideal for two people to share, they come in an L-shape configuration and the return can be either on the left or right hand side when sitting.
  • Straight - where lobby space is at a premium a straight reception unit can often be the most suitable solution. The straight version is the most efficient and economical way to seat 2, 3 or 4 receptionists with room underneath for dedicated storage and cable management.
  • Circular or Round - for clinic waiting room areas where the desk needs to be in the middle of the room or placed away from the walls, round or circular units are a practical and stylish furniture solution. They also work well as feature furnishing in large and open plan, design-led work spaces.
  • U-Shaped - the U shaped large unit is a wraparound design with workspace to the front, left and right hand sides of the user, allowing for ample storage space within. Their size and executive presence makes them most suitable for traditional corporate-style lobby areas and large rooms.
  • Standing - these are most suitable for busy spaces like art galleries, museums, hotels, clinics and high-traffic areas with a constant flow of people, where the receptionist needs to be at the same height as the visitor. Consider a standing desk anywhere the user needs to frequently meet and greet.
What is included with a reception desk?

What is included with a reception desk?

The level of integrated features will depend on the style of counter you choose. Popular features include:

  • Cable management - this is a standard feature on most modern reception desks so cables are safely hidden away.
  • Lighting - this is usually a standard feature and more decorative options are available.
  • Power & USB chargers - these are optional extras but necessary to allow quick access to plugs or charging points.
  • Storage - most desks have a range of matching cabinets which can be integrated, lockable and feature sliding doors or pedestal drawers.
What are reception desks made from?

What are reception desks made from?

There are many different materials to choose from including:

  • Coloured Glass - the same as a toughened glass window but with a colour on one side to create a stylish and glossy sleek finish.
  • Laminate: - similar to a kitchen work surface, laminates are hard wearing and easy to clean. Colours include white, grey, black and wood effect finishes like oak.
  • Metal - used to create elegant curves and increase the colour range, metal desks can be finished in over 124 RAL colours making it easy to colour match with branding. 


Will I need a bespoke size?

If you have a small reception area or awkwardly shaped space 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 reception desk. Our furniture 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.

Can the 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, then it will need to be hygienically cleaned. All of our commercial grade furniture is designed to withstand the rigors of public space. Most of the furniture is made from laminate,  the same material as a kitchen work surface, so are easily cleaned, as are glass surfaces.

Do I need a countertop?

It’s not absolutely necessary for informal areas 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 the unit be?

The standard height of a modern reception counter top is around 110cm to 115cm, while the ideal top 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 space, 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?

Extras could include matching office cabinets, integrated cabinets, power and USB sockets, LED lighting and desk chairs.

Will I need storage cabinets?

That depends on who will be using the reception 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 a pedestal drawer or cabinet would be more suitable. For coat and jacket storage you will need a high cabinet with a rail or hooks. Some of curved reception desks come with integrated storage.

How long does it take to order?

Usually around four to six weeks depending on the type of reception counter. If you have a tight deadline please call our furniture experts on 020 8840 6298 for immediate availability details.

How does the furniture arrive at our office?

Our fully trained fitters will deliver, unpack and assemble your new furniture for you. 

This service is also available outside normal office working hours for minimal downtime.

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