3 ways a solid surface reception desk will elevate any entrance

When you walk into a public place like an office building, shopping centre, leisure centre or airport, one of the first things you’ll come across is a reception desk or customer service counter.

As the first point of contact between a business and the outside world, a reception should let you know you’re in safe hands. It should be clean, smart and inviting – not to mention built to withstand the hustle and bustle of daily life.

It’s for these reasons that many designers and architects are opting for solid surface reception desks. But what exactly makes these materials so well-suited?

Solid surfaces such as Corian®, LG Hi-MACS® and Hanex provide a cost-effective and readily available alternative to natural materials like granite and quartz. They are also considerably more durable than wood and plastic coated materials like plywood.

And in terms of design, the appeal of solid surfaces lies in their unique flexibility. Synthetic solid surfaces are thermoformable, meaning they can be heated, shaped and set into any structure imaginable. (Find out more about this process in our blog ‘Exploring the art of thermoforming’)

With solid surfaces, you are able to create unique shapes that traditional materials simple couldn’t achieve. And when it comes to reception desks, this enables designers to do three main things:


1. Create a strong visual statement

Whether consciously or subconsciously, we begin forming a first impression of a business from the moment we step through the front door. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your reception area sends the right message.

Practical yet elegant, solid surface reception desks become the natural focal point of a room, helping to create a bold statement from the word go. Designers can tap into the sleek and seamless appeal of materials like Corian® to create contemporary, professional desks that leave an impression on those who visit.


2. Make it completely bespoke

Any established business wants to create a working environment that both customers and employees can enjoy, but often a one-size-fits all approach doesn’t tick all the boxes.

Maybe you require multiple till points? Or perhaps you need a digital display or touch screen? Maybe you’d like your counter-top blended seamlessly into a branded header?

Solid surface reception desks can accomplish all of this – and more. Your desk can be designed around the specific requirements of those who’ll be using it, making it perfectly suited to the job at hand.

Not only that, but the huge array of colours and finishes that materials like Corian® and Hi-MACS® come in also means that your desks can be matched to company branding and the furnishings of your wider space.




3. Build a safe and durable hub

Whether a company deals with members of the public directly or not, the reception desk is the first port of call for anyone entering the building. In addition to keeping reception staff safe and comfortable, there may also be expensive technology that needs protecting.

As such, a reception desk or customer service counter needs to be strong and resilient to wear and tear – not to mention any potential deliberate damage!

Solid surfaces like Corian® are not only impermeable to stains, but they are resistant to most surface scratches and incredibly difficult to crack or break down. Widely used in prisons, a reception desk built from solid surface materials will create a sturdy, hardwearing hub for staff to serve from.


All the surfaces we install come with up to 10 years manufacturer’s warranty, meaning your reception desks or counters are completely protected and will look their very best for years to come.

Want unrivalled surface fabrication for your next commercial reception installation? Talk to our experts about Corian® solid surfaces.

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