Making the right impression with quality reception furniture

Your reception area is the first thing that people see when they enter your building. Therefore, it’s really important that you have top-quality, attractive office furniture in there. If you neglect this part of your premises, you could suffer a range of ill-effects.

Potential customers could be deterred, meaning your bottom line may be affected. Also, a bedraggled or badly designed reception can put off possible members of staff, hindering your recruitment efforts. After all, people want to work in pleasant environments and if your reception is substandard, candidates may assume this reflects the rest of your office.


One of the things you’ll need to think about when planning your reception area is your seating. This should look good and be comfortable for guests. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure you have enough chairs, benches or sofas. Making people stand around waiting does not look professional.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we sell a host of seating products that could be just what you’re looking for. Whether you’re after tub seats, modular units, leather suites or anything else, we should be able to help.

As well as meeting your practical requirements, it’s a good idea to make sure that your seating reflects your firm’s general ethos and style. If you’re trying to present your company as modern and chic, then contemporary designs are best. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to emphasise your traditional, professional side, maybe antique replica chesterfields would be better.


No reception is complete without a desk. As well as enhancing the look of your entrance area, this must meet the practical needs of your receptionists. This means it must be big enough, having sufficient storage and so on.

To help ensure that your staff members agree with your final choice, it may be wise to bring them in on the decision making process. This way, you can guarantee they will be pleased with the desks they get.

Those all-important extras

As well as buying these big ticket items of office furniture online, it can pay off to consider those all-important accessories that can help to make or break the overall look and feel of receptions. For example, one or two attractive pieces of artwork could boost the appearance of the space, along with a few plants. If your budget will stretch to it, it’s nice to get deliveries of fresh flowers on a regular basis to add a splash of colour and vibrancy.

Meanwhile, it may also be a good investment to get a TV for people to watch while they’re waiting, and some newspapers and magazines always go down well. If you want to be especially welcoming, you could even put a water dispenser and some fresh fruit in your reception.

A coffee table, entrance mat and coat stand can also enhance your reception

See for yourself

If you’d like to check out our collection of cheap office furniture, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team.

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