How to choose a clinic reception desk

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How do you go about choosing the right clinic reception desk? Read our guide on everything from materials to size.

How do you choose a clinic reception desk? There are several factors to consider to ensure that it meets your needs and fits the overall aesthetic of your clinic. Here are some tips to help:

Choose a reception desk that fits the space:

As with Goldilocks, you don’t want a desk that is too big or too small – it needs to be just right! Your reception desk should nicely fit the available space and layout of your clinic. Take measurements and consider the placement of other furniture and fixtures in the area to ensure that the desk doesn’t overcrowd the space. Equally, you need to ensure that it is large enough to meet all your practical requirements – for example, does it have enough work and storage space for your reception team?

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Choose a desk that fits in with the overall aesthetic of your clinic:

Your reception desk should complement the overall aesthetic of your clinic. If you have a modern, sleek clinic, for example, you may want to choose a desk with clean lines and a minimalist design. If your clinic is based in a period building, you may want something more traditional to fit into your surroundings. Your reception desk can be as discreet or as eye-catching as you choose to make it. When it comes to design, the possibilities are literally endless…

Consider the materials and durability:

Reception desks should be made of durable materials that can withstand regular use and wear and tear. Depending on the look you’re going for, popular finishes include wood, marble and metal. Thankfully, there are many cost-effective options for these finishes nowadays – laminates are one of the lowest cost options and are available in a huge range of colours and effects, including some very convincing metal finishes. Wood veneer is a great way to achieve a natural wood finish at a reasonable price. If you love the look of marble but not the price tag, porcelain marble-effect tiles and solid surface are good options that can look as good as the real thing. And if you’re looking for something truly durable, how about polished concrete? As well as durability, make sure you consider how easy your desk will be to clean and maintain. It’s wise to pick a material that is resistant to stains and easy to wipe down.

Think about your reception desk’s functionality:

Your reception desk should be functional and meet the needs of your patients and staff. Is there enough space for your reception staff to comfortably sit and do their jobs? Consider features such as storage space, a comfortable height for clients to check in, and accessibility for clients with disabilities.


Lastly, consider your budget when choosing a reception desk. There are reception desks available at a range of price points, so be sure to choose one that fits within your budget. The most budget-friendly option will be an off-the-shelf pre-made option. If you have a bit more money to spend, you can create a bespoke reception desk that perfectly meets your practical and aesthetic needs.

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