Reception Area Layouts

Reception areas, or waiting areas, are spaces in an office or public setting where visitors are first met and greeted. Usually including a space for a receptionist and a comfortable area for sitting, reception areas are designed to support and assist the primary functions of a business. Receptionists in waiting areas are commonly tasked with receiving guests, taking telephone calls, recording reservations, handling guest payments, sending and receiving mail, and often controlling visitors’ access to the business.

What factors should be considered when designing a reception area?

First and foremost, the branding should be the focus when designing a reception area as it gives the first impression of the business to its visitors. It is important for the values associated with a company to be reflected in the design. Elements that convey a company’s message and should be considered include: space, color scheme, lighting, and graphics. Provision for comfortable seating in the waiting area is also important.

How do you manage a reception area?

A reception area can be managed by the collection and use of feedback by clients and visitors. In terms of appearances, the reception area should be visually clean with documents and files out of sight and organized in storage. There should be a clear traffic flow maintained in this area with information and services provided to those upon entry.

How large should a reception area be?

In a reception or waiting area, 20 square feet (1.89 sq. m) per person when seated in small chairs with an 80 square feet (7.43 sq. m) minimum altogether. This can be increased depending on the furniture and space size. Additional room is needed for water coolers, tables, snacks, etc.

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Theatre Sofa
Illustration of a woman reading the newspaper while sitting on the Theatre Sofa

Conceived by costume and set designer Ted Boerner, the Theatre Sofa is the feature furniture piece of Design Within Reach’s 2001 Theatre Collection. Born out of Boerner’s innate understanding of the human body and its relationship to space, this sofa’s tight geometry and studied proportions lend themselves to maximum comfort, as opposed to excessive layers of stuffing.

The Theatre Sofa’s kiln-dried hardwood corner-blocked frame, unidirectional web suspension, and chrome-plated steel base support the gently angled foam back rest and seats. This sleek, tall sofa is available in a wide selection of fabric and leather upholsteries and would complement a bold floor lamp or accent table in any living room or reception area.

The Theatre Sofa has an overall height of 30” (76 cm), length of 80” (203 cm), and depth of 30.5” (77 cm). The Theatre Sofa has a seat height set at 19” (48 cm) and an arm height of 25.5” (65 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Theatre Sofa with height, width, and depth measurements
Conceived by costume and set designer Ted Boerner, the Theatre Sofa is the feature piece of DWR’s 2001 Theatre Collection. Using Ted Boerner’s innate understanding of the human body and its relationship to space, this sofa’s tight geometry and studied proportions lend themselves to maximum comfort.

The Theatre Sofa has an overall height of 30” (76 cm), length of 80” (203 cm), and depth of 30.5” (77 cm). The Theatre Sofa has a seat height set at 19” (48 cm) and an arm height of 25.5” (65 cm).

Dimensioned drawings of the Theatre Sofa with height, width, and depth measurements
Theatre Sofa
Height:
30” | 76 cm
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Length:
80” | 203 cm
Depth:
30.5” | 77 cm
Seat Height
19” | 48 cm
Arm Height
25.5” | 65 cm
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Area:


Materials
Hardwood frame; high-density foam cushions; chrome-plated steel base; fabric or leather upholstery
Designer
Ted Boerner
Year
2001

Drawings include:
Theatre Sofa front elevation, front (person), back, side, plan

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