What Top Fits Best?

We often say how important first impressions are and one of the main aspects of your front of house is your reception desk. 

It is the first thing clients and patients notice when they walk in the front door and therefore it is essential that your reception desk reflects the image of your business as a whole. 

When it comes to picking a finish for your reception desk the options are endless. 

Depending on the style you are looking for the following are all very good options: 

  • Laminate 
  • Stone 
  • Stainless steel
  • Acrylic 
  • Glass
  • Polished concrete
  • Timber 

So how do you pick what is right for you? 

We like to look at three aspects when making this decision, Cost, Maintenance and Style 


First of all we consider the cost, this is generally the main factor for most clients and budget can help us shortlist the finishes that are presented. 

When picking a reception top make sure you factor in additional costs such as freight, preparation and installation. For example you will pay much more for a top made from stone or natural timber than you would for laminate. 


Maintenance is the next thing that needs to be considered. 

Maintenance comes down to how much the counter top is used and what it is used for. 

If you have patients or clients filling in forms for example regularly throughout the day you may want to consider a more resilient material or perhaps adding a feature to your reception desk that can be used for this purpose. 


Of course you want your reception area to stand out for all the right reasons, after all it is your chance to make an impressive first impression.  

Consider the finishes and fixtures you are utilising throughout the rest of your office or clinic and continue with the same theme when it comes to your reception desk.  

Materials such as stone and timber can look quite impressive and are worth the extra money when it comes to impact in your front of house. 

Coloured laminates can also create a stand out feature when used on the face of reception joinery and continued throughout your clinic or office. This is also a great way to grab some extra marketing space by using corporate colours or materials cut into logos.

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