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How to Choose the Right Reception Furniture

Experts agree that within just seconds of meeting someone we assess their status and decide if they’re trustworthy, successful, or smart. The same holds true for your business—and if your reception area is the first impression that visitors have to your company, shouldn’t it say all the right things about you?

Design Elements to Consider

Choosing the right office reception furniture is about more than just looks; there are a number of key elements that should be addressed to maximize your space and make the biggest impact on your visitors.


The tone or style of your reception area should convey a sense of what your business is about. For example, traditional waiting room furniture may not be the right choice for a startup company, where modern furnishings may be more appropriate.


The layout of your waiting room furniture should be aesthetically pleasing, allow visitors a wide, direct path to the reception desk, and provide sufficient space for those sitting in reception chairs so they are not bumping elbows with their neighbor. Professional office space planning services can help you optimize furniture placement to maximize efficiency and comfort.


Choose reception furniture in accordance with the intended functionality of the reception area. If clients simply need to check in before moving further within the building, reception chairs may not be required. The type of reception desk furniture you choose should also be dependent on function in accordance with the amount and type of work performed in that area.


A workstation should not only fit the employee, but allow them to greet visitors at a height that is comfortable for both parties. Ergonomically correct furniture allows employees to maintain a desirable posture, placing less strain on the body and creating happier, healthier employees.

Reception Furniture Tips

New reception furniture can transform your space in to a welcoming, functional area for both staff and visitors. Consider the size of your space before choosing your furniture to ensure your larger pieces are on scale with the room. Other tips include:

  • Reception chairs – Comfort is key, along with durability and ease of cleaning.
  • Reception desk – The height of the desk should be conducive with greeting visitors, be ergonomically sound, and hide clutter and confidential materials from the public eye.
  • Couches and chairs – If space and seating requirements allow, couches and chairs in scale with the room can be a welcoming addition.

The knowledgeable, experienced staff at PVI Office Furniture can help you choose the right reception furniture to suit your space, needs, and budget. Come visit our Frederick, MD showroom and warehouse to view our massive inventory of new and used office furniture from the brands you love with the quality you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 301.694.7162 for more information!

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