By C Benson
Reception room chairs play an important role in the everyday operation of a business. The chairs used in the reception or waiting room are the source of the customer or guest’s first tactile impression of the company. As important as it is to have a place of business that looks inviting and professional, it’s equally important to provide guests with seating that feels welcoming. Here are our thoughts on what distinguishes good reception room chairs from ones that are not so good, and how to make the right selections.
Reception room chairs: What are they?
Not surprisingly, reception room chairs are unofficially defined as chairs that are used in the reception or waiting room of a business. You may be wondering: are there any specific features that really distinguish reception room chairs from other types of chairs? The answer is no. That being said, there are some types of chairs that would be highly appropriate for use in a reception or waiting room, and others that would not. Here are some of our ideas as to what you should look for in reception room chairs, and what you should avoid.
What to look for
Reception room chairs don’t need to meet the same exacting standards as ergonomic office chairs for long term or heavy duty use. Ideally, you don’t want your visitors to be sitting in the waiting room for too long, after all. At the same time, you don’t want to skimp on comfort too much and run the risk of putting out reception room chairs that leave guests feeling uncomfortable and unhappy. So, it’s critical that you go with a design and material that provides good short-term comfort, at the very least.
We recommend chairs that use other types of material or padding. There are several materials that provide significant benefits for this purpose, but the really important thing is to go with a seat that has a relatively thick pad. This provides extra comfort regardless of any of the other factors at play.
In terms of the shape of the chair, chairs with a bit of extra width are usually a safe bet. When in doubt, it’s probably better to err on the side of having the chair too wide than too narrow. This is because people who find it a bit too wide for their tastes can still sit comfortably, but this isn’t the case when the chair is too narrow. As for the height of the seat, a neutral choice is usually the best for obvious reasons.
What to avoid
Leather may seem like a tempting choice, as under the right conditions it certainly provides comfort and luxury without necessarily forcing you to break the bank. However, leather might not always be the best option. Even if you keep the waiting room cool in the summer, leather chairs may present a sticking problem when the weather gets warm, and this can ruin the experience for the visitor.
The stacking feature isn’t necessarily the important thing in this case. Since stackable chairs come in matching sets, and usually at a good price, they can be a good choice for reception room chairs for these reasons alone, even if you don’t intend to ever stack them. For reception room purposes, padded stackable chairs tend to be the most appropriate, as they provide that additional bit of comfort that can sometimes be sorely lacking in stackable chairs.
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