One of the most valuable areas in an office or waiting room setting is space. More and more businesses are utilizing small offices in an effort to keep costs controllable in a world with ever rising rent prices. When a customer has a smaller space to work with, their furniture options become limited which can cause frustration when trying to find a product that they like and fits their layout. “What is your best small reception desk?” is one of our customers’ most frequently asked questions. Below you will find our recommendations for the top 5 small reception desks. We chose to define small as any desk being 72”W x 40”D or less.
Full Disclaimer: We are an office furniture dealer and sell some of the products we review. To learn more about the products we sell, our review process and why you can trust us, please visit: Why we’re different. Who is BTOD.com and The Breakroom Blog?
Best Small Reception Desks for 2021
- VertDesk Reception – Best Sit Stand Small Reception Desk
- Safco Sterling – Best Modern Small Reception Desk
- OTG SL7130RDS – Best Cheap Small Reception Desk
- Safco Sorrento – Best Small Reception Desk for Salon
- OFM Single Marquee – Best Curved Small Reception Desk
- Reception Desk Benefits
- Things to Consider When Shopping Reception Desks
- Final Thoughts
1. Best Sit to Stand – VertDesk Electric Sit to Stand Reception Desk
VertDesk Reception Price: $1,899.00 + Free Shipping
The VertDesk is extremely unique in that it is the world’s first reception desk with the ability to adjust in height with the push of a button. Not only does the VertDesk have great functionality but it also has a very sleek design with modern color options. You also have 3 different sizes to choose from and a variety of add-ons.
The VertDesk Reception Desk allows you to sit or stand throughout the day, while still having the professional transaction counter you’d expect to find on a reception desk. It moves from 29″ up to 49″ and holds up to 300 lbs. It adjusts quietly at 1.5″ per second. The VertDesk Recpetion Desk comes standard with a 10 year warranty on the desk with 5 years of coverage on the gears, motor and electronics.
2. Best Modern – Safco Sterling Receptionist Desk with Glass Top
Sterling Price: $1,445.99 + Free Shipping
The Sterling by Safco is a great reception desk for those of you that want a modern reception desk with a mid range price point. It is 72″W x 37.5″D and is available in 3 different color options. It features 1/2″ thick frosted glass counter top and 1 5/8″ thick commercial grade laminate with a knife edge profile.
The Sterling comes standard with a center drawer and numerous different storage options, including box/box files, file/file systems and lateral file additions. The Sterling is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, which adds even more value to an already competitively priced desk.
3. Best Cheap – Offices to Go SL7130RDS
SL7130RDS Price: $409.99 + Free Shipping
The OTG SL7130RDS reception desk is going to be a nice option for those of you that need something on a budget. For just over $400 you are getting a product that is made from commercial grade laminate with 3mm matching PVC edge banding. The SL7130RDS includes a curved transaction counter and full modesty panel.
The SL7130RDS is available in 4 different finish options. It does not come standard with any storage options or fancy add-ons like some of the other options on this list. You do have the option to add them though. OTG provides a wide variety of matching storage, filing and accessory options that will match the finish of your desk.
4. Best for Salon – Safco Sorrento Receptionist Desk
Sorrento Price: $3,190.99 + Free Shipping
The Safco Sorrento is a high-end reception desk with a more traditional look that works great in professional buildings like law offices. The Sorrento also features real wood veneer and double pedestal files for storage. But, the Sorrento also has a unique style design for the front of the desk making the desk a little bit more eye catching for customer. The Sorrento features the unique option to add a granite transaction counter top for an even more upscale look.
The Sorrento is 72″W x 39″D and is available in a bourbon cherry or espresso finish. Safco offers limited lifetime coverage on the Sorrento with 5 years of coverage on the wood veneer.
5. Best Curved – OFM Single Marquee
Single Marquee Price: $1,249.99 + Free Shipping
If you need a small curved reception desk, then the OFM Single Marquee may just be the perfect option. The Single Marquee is 69.5″W x 33″D, so it will fix into a very compact space. It comes in 2 versions. One has a plexiglass insert and the other has standard wood finish throughout. The Single Marquee features thermofused melamine finish and wire management cut-outs are standard.
The Single Marquee comes with a standard height transaction counter and 4 different finish options to choose from. The Marquee does not have any storage options included but you can add matching mobile pedestal files if you need some storage options. One final nice bonus with the single marquee is that it arrives ready to assemble and there are no tools required.
Reception Desk Benefits
The first area that a customers or visitors see in an office is the reception area. The way that the customer feels when they enter a waiting room is very important in creating a good first impression. It is important for the customer to feel welcome and comfortable. A nice reception desk is a good place to start. A reception desk allows customers to remain standing due to the counter height on their side of the desk. This is great for completing transactions, especially when writing, because the customer does not have to bend over. On the flip side, a receptionist desk is great for the employee because their side of the desk will be at a standard height of 30” so that they can remain seated in their chair without having to get up and sit down over and over again throughout the day.
Things to Consider When Shopping Reception Desks
The biggest problem with trying to find a small reception desk is the limited options available. Most reception desks will be quite large with an L or U shape design featuring multiple counter levels, drawers, storage options, etc; however, limited space means giving up most of these things. With less space, the employee won’t have as much space to do their daily tasks and won’t have as much storage for multiple lateral files. The design and finish options will also be a bit more limited simply because not every reception desk manufacturer has a small reception desk.
Finding the right reception desk can often be an arduous task and being limited on the size of the desk can make it even more difficult. It is our hope that this article will help you to narrow down your selection process and come to an easier buying decision. If you have any questions about the items featured in this piece or would like help finding a different small reception desk, please visit BTOD.com or call a sales representative at 866-733-0698 option 1.
- Wood vs. Steel Frames: Which is the Best For Waiting Room Chairs?
- Best Waiting Room Chairs For A Medical Office
- The Best Free Online Layout and Design Tools for Waiting Rooms
- Top 5 Problems and Solutions Buying Waiting Room Chairs Online
- How-To: Selecting The Best Upholstery For Your Waiting Room Chairs
- The Truth About Free Shipping on Waiting Room Furniture