A grand entrance: how to create an outstanding reception area

Make your first impressions really count.

For many businesses, a reception area is the first thing that prospective customers, clients and business partners will see of your company. This means that the reception area presents an opportunity: to shape how these people see your company, putting your best foot forward with an environment that represents your company’s brand, style and ethos.

Reception desks

The reception desk has to fulfil a number of functions: workstation, point of contact for members of staff, and scene-setter for new visitors. The USM Haller system lets you build a reception desk that performs each of these functions for your business flawlessly. Design a completely unique piece with built-in storage or display features, absolutely tailored to the environment of your reception area.

Colour is one important factor: choose from the 14 classic USM colours to set the tone for the area. Cool grey is ideal for traditional corporate spaces; minimalist pure white suits fresh, clean settings; bolder yellows, reds and oranges give a more playful introduction.

golden yellow USM haller reception desk and storage cabinets in an open plan reception

Functionality is also key. A built-in desk segment is essential; design the desk to have exactly the legroom needed for the number of employees who’ll be working there, and add extendable shelves to function as keyboard trays. You can also build extensive storage into the desk, in whatever form suits you, including open shelves, lockable doors and a variety of drawer options.

pure white USM haller reception desk and room dividers in an office foyer

Shape and structure are also important - and completely customisable. Opt for a rigid, closed front for a more traditional set-up, or open the piece up a little with front-facing display modules for magazines, pieces of art, or your company’s own products. For even more playful and welcoming designs, let your imagination run wild: incorporate more open shelves, glass display pieces, or a mixture of different colours.

pure white metal USM haller reception unit with a display shelf in a grey and white lobby

For a more simplistic approach, USM Haller and USM Kitos tables can also be customised to perform the exact role you need them to: choose a style, colour and finish that casts your company in just the right the light, and choose from a range of additional features including cable-tidying trays and baskets to ensure the desk remains tidy.

Additional reception area furnishings

Bring a stylistic unity to the area with a full suite of furniture built on the same principles of elegant simplicity as your reception desk. The USM Kitos collection includes a hugely versatile range of surfaces from which you can build bespoke coffee tables and magazine display stands with a beautiful colour-and-chrome finish, mirroring that of the reception desk.

white metal and glass USM haller recpetion desk in an all white office with a wooden floor

You can also use the USM Haller system to design additional storage and display pieces for the area: freestanding pedestals for documents and stationery; display cases for awards, art and your products; shelving for reading material or any other kind of piece to meet the specific requirements of your business.

Get in touch today to talk to one of our experts about the perfect bespoke furniture designs for your reception area.