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Reception Desk Style
The most common type of reception station is an office desk with reception accessory. The accessory sits on top of a 72 inch width by 30 or 36 inch depth office desk in much the same way a hutch sits on a credenza. Most reception accessories are between 15 and 16 inches high which brings the counter top to a 45 to 46 inch height. Desk designs are ideal for small to mid-size offices.
The advantage of a reception desk design is twofold:
- The reception station can have the same finish and style as other office furniture. Matching conference room furniture provides a consistent look and feel for guests.
- Desk designs share accessories available in the product collection. Complementing pedestal files, returns, shelves and storage units are common.
Free standing or dedicated reception stations are typically larger. They occupy more space and are more expensive. Most dedicated designs are circular or semi-circular in nature so they can accurate multiple receptionists and guests at the same time.
In some circumstances, a custom reception station is the right answer. These stations are much more expensive and are engineered to customer's specifications.
Finish Materials and Construction
Finish materials vary among furniture collections and manufacturers. The two most common finish materials are:
- Wood Veneer
- Laminate (both High Pressure and Thermally Fused types)
Quality wood veneers start with AA-grade hardwoods from North America. Typical selections include Cherry, Walnut, and Maple. These veneers are glued to engineered wood products that serve as the primary structure. The most common structural wood product is Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) [not to be confused with particle board].
Wood veneers are sanded and stained to the desired color, then treated with 2 coats of a catalyzed lacquer for a hard and durable surface finish.
Laminate surface finishes are lower in cost and offer more durability but lack the look and feel associated with a quality wood veneer reception station. Yet laminate surface finishes are available in a wide range of colors, many that mimic real wood grain.
The counter top of a reception station is the "business end" of the furniture. It is the surface that guests most often see and use as part of your receiving process. Because the counter top surface receives the most usage, they are offered in a variety of materials.
- Wood veneer counter tops offer an elegant look but are prone to scratching from constant usage
- Laminate counter tops are more durable yet lack the finish touches offered by other alternatives
- Glass counter tops offer a classy touch to the reception station while offering durability
- Stone counter tops are the most elegant and work well with wood veneer designs while offering superior durability.
Returns and ADA accommodation
Returns are very common among reception desk designs. Most returns are available with modesty panels and screens to provide a cohesive look. Reception station returns offer 3 important advantages:
- Returns provide additional security for the receptionist. Returns are most often placed toward the front door leaving the station's entrance toward the office. A return with screen also makes it more difficult for guests to see the receptionist's desk work surface.
- A return offers more working surface for the receptionist. This is ideal for reception stations that require one or more computer screens.
- ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations are satisfied with special ADA returns. These requirements are local dependent so check with your accessibility codes if ADA requirements.