What to Look For When Buying Waiting Room Chairs
Whether you’re a medical doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, dietician, physio or life coach, you’re part of a group of businesspeople who have a daily influx of patients and clients, usually ushered into a waiting room by reception as soon as they arrive. The mood and the tone of the room can set the stage for a positive interaction with the client, so it’s important not to skimp on design and also the functional elements of the room. At its foundation, a waiting room needs some durable, dependable, comfortable waiting chairs. So if you’re in the market to populate a waiting room for a new business with furniture, or if you’re looking to refurbish your current office, there are a couple of things for you to keep in mind and to look out for, when it comes to buying waiting room chairs in particular.
Colour Scheme of the Office
The first consideration to be made is the overall colour scheme of the office itself. You need to ensure that you’re buying a product that matches the overall feel of the office in the first place. As furniture is generally a relatively expensive purchase, you may also want to run a few ideas by an interior decorator, perhaps even to the person who helped you to design and execute the space in the first place. Working with another set of eyes may also help you avoid purchasing something online, only to find out that the colours don’t match 100%, and you haven’t really gotten what you thought you were getting. This happens more often than not, so human interaction (and leaning on someone with experience in the field) is key when making any kind of purchasing decisions around the design of an office space.
Naturally, you’ll want to do some research about pricing before buying new waiting room chairs. If you run a medical practice, it is likely that you will need more than a set of two chairs, and may well end up needing upwards of ten pieces, depending on the flow of clients and walk-in’s. Do a rough estimate as to the amount of feet that come through the door in a given week, breaking it down to the average number on a given day, and bank on this as a good place to start. Next, you can set aside the budget you have available, ensuring that you avoid compromising quality for price, which is a mistake quite commonly made by first time furniture buyers. Weighing up all these factors will give you a better outlook as a whole, and help you to make the smartest decision possible in the process.
Durability, Maintenance and Warranty of Waiting Room Chairs
Aesthetics aside, you need to make sure that the furniture ticks the boxes in terms of practical use as well. Durability is key, especially when people of different shapes and sizes will be using the chairs on a day-to-day basis. Have a look at any potential maintenance that will need to be done on the chairs in the future, and weigh up just how much time you can practically invest in this, especially when it comes to chairs made of particular types of wood that may require more time, effort and care. Also keep in mind how long the warranty on the chairs is valid for, and ensure that you budget new chairs in as soon as the warranty is on the verge of expiring. This then gives you the chance to resell the existing chairs in a timeframe before the warranty expires, with the additional funds being able to go towards your budget for the replacement chairs. Win-win!
Get Feedback From Experts, Staff and Existing Clients
Last but not least, it’s important for you to get some feedback from people around the visual and practical capabilities of your furniture. Ixaxa is a great place to go to if you have any furniture related questions and you need a bit of expert advice. Ask your staff about their experience with the chairs, and enquire with reception about any complaints or thoughts around the existing chairs. This will help you to make a more informed decision, and also make other members of your team feel more included in the process. It takes a village, even with something that is seemingly small, but in essence, plays a crucial part in the foundation of your day-to-day business.