Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Office Q & A: Advice for Reception Desk Shoppers

Zira Reception Desk
Shopping for a new reception desk can be a fun and rewarding experience for your business. However, if you don't ask the correct questions and prepare accordingly, this process can be quite the headache! In today's post, we've compiled the 7 most commonly asked questions by reception desk shoppers to remove the stress from your office makeover project. Enjoy!

Q: Where do I start?

The all important, and most commonly asked question by all office furniture shoppers! Before you begin looking at new reception desks online, take a step back and create a plan. You'll first want to measure your space to determine which size station will fit best for your particular area. Next you'll want to set a budget that your business can live with. Finally, determine a reasonable date for your project completion. Once you've tackled these three steps you'll be off to a great start and ahead of the curve!

Q: How long do reception desks take to ship?

Shipping times vary based on manufacturers. In stock reception desks will typically ship within 2 business days. Made to order reception desks average around 3 to 5 weeks. Custom reception desks can take even longer depending on your specific needs and space requirements. Based on your allotted project duration from start to competition, knowing these basic estimates should save you valuable time when shopping. Before purchasing your reception station of choice, contact your dealer to inquire about estimated ship times. This will provide very helpful insight as to when you can expect your products to arrive and will allow you to plan accordingly.

Q: What manufacturers are best?

This commonly asked question will tend to have varied answers based on the dealer you select for your purchase. That being said, you can never go wrong with brands like Mayline, Cherryman Industries, Global Total Office, and OFM. These industry leaders offer an excellent selection and wide range of reception desks to fit any budget. Manufacturer and product reviews are also widely available online and should be sourced before purchasing to help you make a more informed decision.

Q: What finishes are best for my space?

Selecting a furniture finish is a very important step that should not be rushed. Meeting with an interior designer to discuss your reception area makeover can provide helpful insight as to what finishes will accent your space best. In addition, textile samples are available free of charge from most furniture dealers. This resource should definitely be utilized! In 2014, darker finish options like mocha, espresso, and black cherry have been trending. Classic tones like cherry, maple, and mahogany are also safe choices that will always top the charts in terms of popularity.

Q: How much storage space do I need?

Any industry professional will tell you that now office makeover project is complete without the right combination of storage components to keep your space operating effectively! Take the time to determine what is and will be stored by the receptionist on a daily basis. This will better inform you as to how much storage you'll currently need while budgeting extra room for future growth. When shopping for a new reception desk, you'll no doubt run into models that include storage components such as pedestals and file cabinets along with models that require you to buy storage solutions separately. In most cases, one or two file pedestals situated underneath your reception desk counter will get the job done and additional storage pieces can be added later if needed. Many of the top reception desks will include a pedestal for your space. A single two drawer lateral file cabinet can also be a big help and should be considered.

Q: Is it hard to assemble a reception desk?

In most cases a reception desk can be assembled effectively by two people in about 2 hours from start to finish. While assembly isn't necessarily hard, it can be confusing and will require some heavy lifting. Professional installation services are available and should be considered to ensure safety and a job done right. If you're planning to install the reception desk with a partner, be sure to have basic tools like screwdrivers, allen wrenches, and a socket set on hand. In addition, you'll want to keep in mind that reception desks are often large and contain an abundance of packing materials that will need to be disposed of.

Q: Which models are best sellers this year?

In 2014, a variety of reception desks have emerged as best sellers. The OFM marque line is a top choice for modern applications and users looking to take on installation as these versatile stations actually require no tools for assembly! The Global Total Office Zira reception desk collection is a top choice for larger areas and upscale spaces looking for the absolute best. Cherryman's Verde line is a preferred choice of interior design teams and industry professionals alike. These rectangular and L shaped reception desks offer modern appeal at a price point any budget will appreciate.

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