Friday, March 20, 2015

Creating The Ultimate Lobby in 2015

A well designed office lobby will keep your guests comfortable and impressed. The top furniture manufacturers of 2015 have taken this point to heart! This year, industry leading brands have introduced incredible new products designed to take office lobbies to the next level. In today's post we'll highlight the design tips and product suggestions you'll need to create the ultimate lobby interior. Enjoy!

Space Planning

Lobby Space Planning Tips

Don't rush out and start purchasing new furniture for your lobby without taking the time to properly assess your needs. Space planning is the first and most essential step of any office makeover project. Start by obtaining the dimensions of your space accurately. Be sure to take note of entry ways, power outlets, windows, and other room obstructions that will affect the way your furniture fits. With dimensions in hand, sketch out a few layout ideas to determine what types of seating and accent furnishings will work best in your areas. Rest assured, there's nothing worse than ordering beautiful new lobby office furniture only to find that it doesn't fit properly. Ouch!

Tablet Arm Seating

Sirena Mobile Tablet Arm Lounge Chair with Storage Shelf

When designing your new lobby, the primary focus should be placed on guest comfort. That being said, adding a touch of versatility never hurts! In 2015, tablet arm seating is the way to go. Brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and OFM have introduced super cool new tablet arm sofa seating and lounge chairs that will no doubt improve the visiting experience of your guests. Tablet arm chairs like the Sirena from Global Total Office and the Santa Cruz from Mayline offer the perfect blend of modern and traditional style characteristics with an added touch of flair created from the tablet arm. Now guests can wait in comfort and use their beloved devices atop a handy work surface. What could be better?

Power and Charging Stations

Isle Portable Power and Charging Station

Don't make your valued guests search for a power outlet when waiting in your lobby! Provide them with a helpful power charging station outfitted with USB and three prong inputs. Power towers like the all new Isle from Symmetry Office are a must have for any modern lobby. Priced at $719.99, you may be thinking that this little item is a bit much for the budget. However, the versatility of the Isle makes it a great buy that will greatly improve your office functionality. Portable power modules like the Isle can be moved easily from room to room as needed. In addition to the Isle, check out cool new seating solutions like the Serenity from OFM. These cutting edge lounge seating solutions feature integrated power modules that allow guests to plug devices directly into the armrest. Adding user friendly power features to your lobby will impress your guests and put your space ahead of the competition!

Welcome Desks

Zira U Shaped Reception Desk

When your guests arrive at your business, the'll no doubt be looking for a welcome desk to check in. Provide them with an exceptional visiting experience by incorporating a stylish reception station designed to meet their needs. If you want to take your lobby over the top, the new Global Total Office Zira reception stations are the best in the business. If you're looking to save a buck, you can't go wrong with one of the L shaped welcome desks from Offices To Go, or a curved front reception desk from the OFM Marque collection. Outfit your welcome desk with storage pedestals to help keep your receptionist operating in an organized fashion. You can also add a handy tablet mount like the Orion from ESI to your transaction counter. This will allow your guests to login electronically without the need for those old school sign in sheets!

Designer Tables

Contemporary Glass Coffee Table

Designer coffee tables and end tables will further enhance lobby appeal and the all important visual impressions formed by your guests. Glass, wood, and metal lobby tables are all great options to consider for your space. When selecting tables for your lobby, first check to see if the seating you selected has matching tables available from the same collection. This will help you create a cohesive look that shows off your professional grade design skills. If you can't find tables from the same collection, check out the models available from Global Total Office. This full service furniture provider offers customizable lobby accent tables available in over 20 finish options. If you want to add a bit of retro flair, consider visiting local antique shops, thrift stores, and even flea markets. Cool lobby tables can be commonly found at second hand prices to help you extend your budget.

Room Accents

Retro Modern Accent Lighting

Your ultimate lobby makeover project isn't complete until you add room accents to take it over the top! Integrating cool area rugs, wall art, and lighting fixtures will help you create a cutting edge space that wows your guests. Adding plants in stylish pots will make your space feel more lively. You'll also want to find an organizer for reading materials. Don't just toss magazines on your new lobby tables! You can take things a step further by adding vases with fresh flowers, a flat screen TV, and window treatments. Any professional designer will tell you, the little details make the biggest different! Accent your space to make it the best it can be.

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