The first room clients, customers, colleagues and employees see when they enter a business is arguably the room considered most important when one considers interior design. Since it is the initial point of contact for visitors, the design of this reception area can have a great impact on how the business is perceived by the people you need to impress the most. If their experience is not positive here and they do not have a good initial impression, they may take their money elsewhere and become loyal to a competitor without ever seeing all you have to offer. Although other factors can also influence their perception of a business, design is one of the influential determinant for businesses and customers may never see what you have to offer in customer service or their comfort with your services. To create an environment that is both welcoming and positive, it may be time to update the furniture that will stand out most in the area, the reception desk.
Often the first furnishings the visitor encounters in your office is the reception desk. They will contact this desk before they consider seating as they wait. This is your first chance to provide a positive first impression and wow those who visit. It also sets the tone for the remainder of the visit. They may even see this piece of furniture through the front windows or glass doors as they pass by. Those who pass by and have a positive impression are more likely to think of your business when they need the services you have to offer. In essence, this desk may be the face of an organization, whether it is presented to a visitor attempting to schedule an appointment of to check in as they wait. It is their first encounter with a business. If there is a pleasing reception desk, it can set the tone for what is expected to follow. Customers greeted by an outdated desk of an uninspiring design may perceive the entire room and maybe even your business as dreary and drab.
Selecting an attractive desk in the reception room is the first step in transforming it; however, it is also important the space be kept uncluttered and clean in order to complete the transformation. If the station is messy and cluttered, no one may be able to see the nice furnishings hidden underneath, defeating your purpose and portraying an unprofessional image of the business. If the desk is kept clean and organized, it provides a positive image, showing the company is professional, organized, methodical and efficient.
Modern desks for the reception may be purchased in bold, attention grabbing designs while also being functional and durable. Options include many different wood designs that are perfect for use with existing furnishings, such as chairs or tables in the reception room. Glass designs offer an excellent way to provide a contemporary feel. Modular units provide separate pieces of the desk allowing users to change the room's look when needed or desired, and is convenient if the business chooses to relocate. This also allows one to add other options to the desk at a later date.
Although in a tough economy one might question updating the current reception desk as unnecessary, it should be seen as an investment in one's business that will provide lasting value for many years in the future. While wooden desks are the most expensive, options such as plywood or fused melamine offer a good looking yet less expensive option. These desks offer a long life, so the cost is much more affordable when broken down over their useful life. Whether looking to update an office or creating an environment that is more inviting, adding a new reception desk can help to transform the area and bring more clients your way.
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