Built-in furniture refers to fixed or mounted architectural elements that provide the same or similar function as regular moveable furniture. Wall benches, settles, and ambries that date back to the Middle Ages are some of the earliest examples of built-in furniture. Today, built-in shelving, and fireplace mantels are common at home with custom seating, display cases, and reception desks being found in commercial and retail spaces.
Reception desks are the often the first spaces in public or company buildings where a receptionist greets and assists visitors within the place of business. Directions to other access points of the building can obtained from the receptionist at the reception desk.
When building a reception desk, it should have a high back, high sides, a surface for visitors to use when writing, and plenty of space to work. If you are making your own reception desk make its dimensions fit your space, or if you are building a reception desk from a manufacturer make sure to follow the assembly instructions closely.
A reception desk’s work surface is typically 30 inches (76 cm) tall. The transaction counter that is most commonly used by visitors is generally 12 inches (30 cm) taller than the receptionist’s work surface. The counter typically sits 43 inches (109 cm) from the ground.
There is no specific distance as to how far a reception desk should be from a front door but it should be placed so it doesn’t act as a barrier when entering the office. It should be facing the front door of the office. A reception desk is important as it makes a first impression to a visitor entering the office.