What to Look for in a Reception Desk?

First impressions are crucial for any business and the first thing that leaves a long-standing impression about your business is your reception area and front desk. Having a strategically placed reception desk welcoming employees, customers and other stakeholders into your building can leave an effect that lasts for years to come.

Whether you are a global enterprise that would like to display a Pinstripe Reception Desk or a local start-up business that would like to go for a smaller Qube Reception Desk that do not take up much space and are functional – there are certain things that you need to think about when choosing the right reception desk for your welcome area.


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How do I choose a reception desk?

The type of reception desk that you choose to purchase will depend on the industry you operate within and the working practices of your receptionists. When looking for a reception desk, there are a few things you should look out for…

  • Functionality
  • Design
  • Placement
  • Measurement



It’s all well and good having a reception desk that looks the part, but you need to make sure that is functional for both receptionists and those heading towards the front desk. Receptionists can often work long hours each day so you’ll need to ensure they feel comfortable as well as having ample space to operate within. 

With accessibility and disability laws also needing to be adhered to throughout UK workplaces, you’ll need to look for a reception desk that is suitable for wheelchair users and those with disabilities – a good option for this is, our range of reception desks with disabled access. In conjunction with a functional reception desk, you should also consider using ergonomic chairs for your receptionists as this will also ensure their backs and posture 



Reception desk design is a huge aspect of creating an inviting space. The majority of the time, your front desk will be visible through window panes therefore it’s important to buy furniture that fits within brand guidelines and looks stylish. A contemporary design is always a good option as this not only provides a modern twist, but also allows for seamless expansion such as cabinets and other pieces of furniture.

See our designer’s guide on the top 5 ways to style your reception area for further reading.



Placing your new reception desk in the right position is a huge psychological factor for new visitors as it will unconsciously guide them towards their right destination. If your reception area has multiple entrances, you may want to opt for a desk that wraps around in a U-shape, rather than a straight reception desk.

Ensuring your front desk is placed where the majority of foot traffic is likely to go past, can make a huge difference for your business.



The size and layout of your office reception area will have a big influence on how much space you want to dedicate to your reception furniture. Taking measurements will allow you to choose the ideal reception desk for your needs and with bespoke options available here at Think Office Furniture, the possibilities are endless.

One of our top tips to make sure your reception area has enough open space before you purchase; take an office chair, mark the size of the reception desk you’re thinking of getting, and place the chair behind it. When you sit in the marked area yourself, you can judge whether or not it would make you feel welcome if you were waiting to meet with someone in a similar space once the furniture is in place.


Top 4 things to look for when buying a reception desk

If you’ve never bought a reception desk before it can be tricky to choose the right one. Our top 4 things to look for when buying a reception desk are:

  • Checking the functionality
  • It has a design that fits within brand guidelines
  • Where to place it
  • Making sure it fits


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Choosing the right reception desk

At Think Office Furniture, we offer the very best reception desks that fit your business’ needs. Our friendly team of experts build all of our quality reception desks from the ground up right here in the UK. We offer premium reception desks that are custom to your required shape, size and business type.

If you are interested in the wide range of reception desks we have to offer at Think Office Furniture, then be sure to contact our team today and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.