One of the most important pieces of your client’s first impression is your office reception area. What is the first thing that your customer sees when they enter your office space?
Imagine you are a new customer and you encounter one of two scenarios:
Now this example may seem a little exaggerated, but you understand the point. A cluttered office can hinder a client’s ability to trust you. If I saw that someone kept every area organized — even a small reception waiting space — then I know they will take care of every detail in my project.
Here are some more ideas to consider during your next reception area update:
All of your office furniture should reflect a singular professional tone, even the reception area. If you run a law office, you may not want inflatable furniture in the waiting room.
But, what does it mean to “match” your office furniture? This can mean a few things. You could try to maintain a general color or theme throughout the office. For example, if your office features dark colored wood desks and chairs, it may be appropriate to also choose a wooden style of reception chair. However, you will want to take into account the transferability of chairs for future re-arrangements.
While wood chairs may look professional, one of their drawbacks is that they tend to be heavier than a plastic competitor. There is a wide range of beautiful plastic chairs that look professional, that are still easy to manipulate and move around.
Another benefit to plastic chairs is how easy it can be to replace them. If one breaks, they are easier to repair. Even if the damage is too great, purchasing a new chair is often more affordable.
Besides choosing chairs that are budget friendly, there are other ways to save your money in this department. If you are going to spend money, choose high quality chairs that will last a long time or purchase used furniture from a reputable office furniture dealership in your area.
We have all suffered sitting in an uncomfortable chair. It is important to look for reception chairs that are sturdy, stylish, and within your budget, but please don’t forget to make sure that someone will actually enjoy sitting in them! I would hate for a potential new hire or customer to sit in the office and their last thought to be “ouch”!