Make A Positive Impression on Visitors With These 5 Reception Area Essentials

The importance of first impressions can never be underestimated, so we have a written a short 5-point list to offer our advice on how companies can make a great first impression on visitors with their reception areas alone. Enjoy…

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1) A reception desk that makes a statement
The desk is the focal point for any reception. It is the first port of call for almost every visitor so should be conspicuous and make a strong statement about the company which it belongs to. A reception desk should reflect the corporate image and values of the company, so a creative agency might use bright colours with lots of quirky ornaments/ accessories on show whilst a large bank would have a much more minimal design.

2) Stylish & comfortable modular sofa(s)
After signing-in at reception, visitors usually then turn to find a seat. In order to make a great impression, guests should first be impressed by the style and design of the seating area, and then once again by the comfort factor when they take a seat. Modular seating is popular for a reason: it looks good, it’s far comfier than a chair and it’s more communal than a tub or armchair.

3) Large attention-drawing clock
While this might not be a suggestion you’d find in an interior design theory book, we’ve done enough projects in offices to say that one of the things that most impresses us in a reception area is a great big modern clock that draws the eye. A large clock doesn’t just look good, but, let’s point out the obvious here, it emphasises the importance of time and shows visitors the company is likely to value things like punctuality and organisation.

4) TV showing news channel
Another way of making a solid first impression is to have a large LED TV showing a news channel. It primarily entertains guests of course, but also create a very ‘current’ atmosphere rather than the horrible remote feeling you often get in large office buildings. It also shows the company and its employees like to keep up with current affairs which is a positive sign.

5) Coffee Machine
Need we explain this one? Office bods like coffee. Give them coffee.

And there you have it. The 5 staple things you need in your reception area to make a positive impression on visitors.

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Cube Company

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The GIF That Keeps On Giving….

Just when you thought we couldn’t make it any simpler, we’ve designed this snazzy little GIF image to show you exactly how our Modular Seating can be configured to create a variety of layouts.

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Project Watch: All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

Desperate to rid themselves of their tatty old furniture, All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield called and asked us to design them a completely new Sixth Form Centre.

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We surveyed the room before designing the layout and found out that not only would it be a place to relax, but also somewhere to host assemblies. Therefore, we decided that the majority of the furniture should face the screen on the back wall of the room.

The seating configurations were designed carefully so that students could both sit inwards to form groups around tables for study, chat and playing games but also be able to turn around to face the screen for presentations and assemblies with ease.

The teachers were all thrilled with the seating and couldn’t believe what a transformation the room had undergone, and are now even pushing for a revamp of their staffroom.

Project Watch: Pretty in Pink – Modular Seating @ Blessed Hugh Faringdon School, Reading

The Sixth Form students at Blessed Hugh Faringdon School in Reading will have had a surprise this week when they turned up for the new academic year. We’ve given their hangout room a bit of a makeover with our Concept2 Modular Seating.

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Amongst a seemingly infinite choice of colours, the teachers at Blessed Hugh Faringdon opted for Magenta and Purple pairings along with Blue and Teal to create a really bright and fun-feeling room for the students to enjoy.

With a combination of larger modular sofas running along the perimeters of the room and smaller cubes, drums and benches in the middle, we’re sure the Sixth Formers will love being able to arrange their own seating layouts for different tasks whether it be study, chat or playing games.

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Office Interior Design: 5 Brilliant Ways to Give Your Office a Makeover

Is your office in desperate need of a bit of interior design? Is it worn and tired? Perhaps it’s just overly minimalistic and boring? Use these 5 simple ideas to reinvigorate your office and, with that, your workforce.

1) Give the walls a lick of paint

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Most offices tend to have bland, neutral coloured walls like whites, magnolias and greys which can make the workplace feel dull, lifeless and boring. Jazz up your walls with some vivid colour to inject some life into the place and even boost creativity and productivity. Blues are said to increase productivity whilst yellows and oranges are supposed to work wonders for creativity.

2) Recover dull, worn office chairs

Add even more accents of colour to your office with reupholstered seat pads on all your office chairs. Either choose your company colours or go for a random eclectic mix of vivid tones to create a fresh and quirky look.

3) Create a cool breakout room with innovative modular seating

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Give your staff somewhere to go to either relax or get creative for tasks and projects. Breakout rooms are appearing in more and more offices and modular seating is the key ingredient. Modular seating can be configured into almost any layout – some even venture to say that it is only restricted by your imagination. Anyway, it’s flexibility makes it great for team tasks and it is essential for forward-thinking companies and modern offices. We specialise in modular seating, so feel free to visit our official website.

4) Throw in a pool table, football table or ping-pong table

Let your staff have some fun when they’re away from their desks. Putting in a games table will boost office-wide morale and allow colleagues to form bonds on their breaks – this can only be good for a company. Obviously, if your office is a call center then it is best not to put a ping-pong table in the middle of the workfloor, but there’s usually always a bit of space going spare somewhere else.

5) Put up some wall art

As well as painting the walls, you can put up some canvasses and pictures to bring your office to life that little bit more. Whether it be dramatic landscapes, great sporting moments or inspirational quotes and adages, use your walls to positively affect your workforce.

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Cube Company

Project Watch: Bubble Design Fabric Modular Sofas at Millennium Point, Birmingham

We’re very proud to show off the project we did for the £114 million pound Millennium Point complex in Birmingham which contains a science museum and giant screen cinema among many others.

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We supplied an array of our Concept2 Modular Seating, Drums, Cubes, Tables and Barstools upholstered in our bubble design Smarty fabric in navy blue and pink for the foyer and cafe area of the much-famed Giant Screen Cinema.

The Giant Screen Cinema opted for our sled legs on the bottom of the sofas and arms at each end to create a contemporary but cosy feel for their customers and the stainless steel used for the sofa legs and table legs matched the whole complex’s futuristic look and feel perfectly.

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Discover the 7 Great Ways Modular Seating Can Improve Your School

Discover the amazing ways Modular Seating can improve your school in aspects you possibly hadn’t even thought of with our brand new blog post…

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Modular seating is a modern furniture concept which allows various different-sized and different-shaped units to be configured together to form all kinds of layouts to fit all kinds of rooms and spaces. Here, we will list the 7 ways modular seating can improve your school.

1) Revitalise old, worn rooms quickly and easily
Fresh, new, brightly-coloured seating can breathe life into tiring rooms and make a stunning visual impact. What’s more, it can be done quickly and with far less hassle than, say, laying new carpets and painting walls. All you need to do is choose some seating you like, order it, wait for it to arrive and have the delivery guys drop it into place. Simple.

2) Improved communal atmospheres
Arranging seating into group configurations can transform a very segmented room into one with a thriving atmosphere where students can mingle in large groups and really get the conversation flowing (as long as the teachers allow it!)

3) More opportunities for shared learning activities
Given that modular seating can be configured in almost any way imaginable, students are able to set up an arrangement that allows them to tackle group tasks best in a matter of minutes.

4) Freedom, flexibility for new and innovative teaching plans
Similarly to the point made above, teachers will also be able to devise various new lesson plans based around teamwork activities which can be carried out thanks to modular seating.

5) Students and teachers alike take pride in new-look common rooms, classrooms and receptions
Students love it when they get new ‘stuff’. So brand-new, brightly-coloured, comfortable modular seating is likely to give them a reason to feel proud of their newly-renovated common room. We would guess that means better behaviour, but wouldnt bank on it!

6)  Durability, longevity of use
Forget replacing broken chairs every few months, or torn fabrics on cheap sofas. The modular seating we manufacture (Concept2) is made with solid wooden frames and upholstered in only the most hard-wearing contract fabrics and faux leathers. This means you are likely to get use out of your seating for the best part of a decade. That also means you can use your budget for more important things than torn cushions etc.

7) It makes a great impression on visitors
Offsted visits? Parents scouting schools for their children? Governors? Whoever it might be, modular seating in bright colours and funky layouts can help to make a truly great and lasting impression on visitors.

Tell us what you think about modular seating for schools in the comments below…

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