Reception Counters – Reception Station Types, Prices and Stockists in JHB
Office Desks are indisputably one of the most important (if not the most important) components of an office space. Quite simply put, an office cannot successfully operate without a desk where business activities will be carried out – from meetings, interviews, projects and admin work. Office desks are primarily used for writing and computer –work, but often double as storage when employees will keep their files, folders and personal belongings during the workday.
The type of desks that are laid out in an office can affect the way visitors, employees and clients alike perceive your business; this being said – is the reception desk / reception counter not perhaps one of the most important desks you could possibly invest in for your business?
Reception Station Types
It is crucial to find a reception station that will make your guests feel welcomed, and make your receptionists feel comfortable all day.
The size of your reception desk will largely depend on the size of your waiting room. If you have a small reception area, consider choosing a compact reception station that’s designed with a small footprint to be used by one receptionist at a time. If you’re working with a larger waiting room, you should utilize the space by equipping it with a larger reception station. Just as a large reception desk will make a small waiting room look cramped, a small reception desk in a very large waiting room will make the room look disproportionate.
Modular reception desks are ideal for most offices as they can be made larger or smaller to fit your space as needed. View Ixaxa’s range of modular desking by clicking here.
The shape of a reception station is another aspect to consider; there are myriad of styles available to choose from:
- Rounded or square, “basic” reception stations have a single writing surface for the receptionist, as well as a transaction counter for guests to write on, place their belongings on and also serve as a slight privacy barrier for both the receptionist as well as the visitor. These types of reception stations may be straight or curved and come in a range of sizes to suit one or more receptionists in your waiting area. Smaller versions of this type of reception desk are also commonly used in restaurants and other hospitality settings.
- Corner reception stations, L-Shaped or U-Shaped reception stations include a main desk and a return (single or double) that provide the receptionist with additional space to work. Most L-shaped desks are small enough that they are best used by a single receptionist at a time, though they do come in a range of sizes to suit different business needs. U-shaped reception desks can have a curve to them or have straight edges, and they can often be used by more than one receptionist at a time in a large waiting room.
- Semi-circle reception stations have a curved or circular appearance. These types of reception desks are best suited for larger waiting rooms where they can be the centre of attention, and can typically provide space for two front-office employees.
The material of your reception station is largely dependent on your budget and anticipated aesthetic for your office.
Laminate can be made to look like it has real wood grains, it is actually made from some form of particle board with or without a wood grain print. Desks that have a laminate surface construction are ideal for high traffic offices because laminate does not scratch or dent easily and is generally easier to maintain and keep clean. Laminate is also an affordable option, making it a great choice for businesses on a tight budget.
Veneer is a good in-between for those who want that real wood look without paying the high cost of solid wood furniture. Veneer desks have a similar base as laminate furniture (such as particle board), but feature a thin layer of real wood on top of that. Veneer desks can be trickier to clean and care for than laminate, but the veneer layer provides a much richer look that many offices prefer.
Metal desks are available in all-metal varieties, most come with a wood or glass top and just have metal framework for stability and industrial aesthetics. Metal desks are usually made of steel, though the gauge may vary and the desk may come in either a chrome or powder coated finish.
Choosing your ideal reception station need not be a hassle or a headache; click here to get in touch with Ixaxa today to find out all you need to knowing about making your reception room bespoke.
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