We all know that when it comes to the design of your office lobby or reception, it needs to be amazing since first impressions means everything. This is the area that a client will see first when they enter your office. It’s important to choose sleek furniture that not only gives a great first impression but also provides a comfortable place for the client to sit and wait. Having quality design and furniture helps give clients positive feelings and impressions the minute they step through the door. Here are some of the things to consider:
Comfortable Layout: The lobby or reception area should be a comfortable area for your guests where they can sit, relax and get work done whilst they wait. Try to keep the furniture away from the door so they won’t get cold from people entering and leaving on those chilly winter days. Since Hong Kong is a hot and humid place, it would be better to have the furniture near an air conditioning unit. Grouping your sofa with some lounge chairs will help engage conversations between your visitors if they have business to discuss. Have a few magazines in the area too so that they have something to keep them occupied if they have nothing else to do.
Practical Design: This includes having practical furniture pieces or decor to cover any messy situations, such as rain, which can lead to people coming with wet soggy shoes and dripping umbrellas. To help minimize the mess, a rug and umbrella bucket can be place near the entrance. Avoid having furniture too tightly placed together if your lobby or reception area is a busy area. This will help minimise accidents since they won’t trip or work into any furniture.
Atmosphere: What do you want the feel of the company to come across to your visitors? Do you want a more traditional setting for a formal government company or an edgy setting for a hip design company? For a more grand look consider having a large sofa accompanied by a coffee table. If your visitors need an area to sit around for short presentational meetings consider a few dining chairs around a dining table. Want a more relaxing design? Try a couple of lounge chairs around a few coffee tables with magazines laid out on them.
Written by: Manon Alesso