BOO’s 2019 Office Desk Buyers Guideoffice desks in san diego

For those of us trying to buy office desks or reception desks, San Diego offers plenty of options. You can, of course, buy online – which many people do. The problem here is that you do not know the level of quality you are getting. Desks are heavy and hard to move. This is something you want to get right the first time. That’s why we’ve put together this handy little guide to help you make the right decision when looking for an office or reception desk for sale in San Diego.

Breaking It Down

There are many types of office desks and each is meant to be used differently. For each type there are various styles, finishes, and configurations. Starting from scratch the search can be a little overwhelming. But don’t worry, we are going to break it down for you!

In this guide, we will focus on commercial grade desks, in other words, the kind you might find at a business or in an office building. So where do we begin?

How will the Desk Be Used?

The first thing to determine is what kind of office or reception desk in San Diego you want.

Here is a handy little chart to help with that; (Click on each desk type for more info)


How Will the Desk Be Used?Credenza DeskComputer DeskStraight DeskExecutive DeskL Shaped DeskU shaped DeskBullet DeskP Shaped DeskReception Desk
Open OfficeXXX
Shared OfficesXXX
Standard OfficesXXX
Executive OfficesXXX
Sales OfficesXXXXX
Reception and LobbyX

One Size Fits None

There is no one size fits all option when it comes to office desks.  As you can see, when you are picking desks for your office space every user has different needs. Let’s take a look at each area of the office and the types of desks and layout which work for different users.

Open Plan Desks

Let’s first take a look at an open office environment. This is an open area, usually central to the office where many users share space. Sometimes these areas are filled with cubicles. For our purposes, we will look at the kinds of desks that one could use to save space in these areas. Here are some example images and desk layouts common to these spaces:

modern desks in an open office environment     picture of open plan l shaped desks

open plan desk layout 50 stations  open office desk layout

Reception & Lobby Desks

If you are looking for a reception desk in San Diego, you will have to approach your search a little bit differently than you would for cubicles or executive office desks. A reception or lobby area is a section of the office space that visitors see first. That is why it has to be furnished in a way that is welcoming and represents your company in the best light.  

What should be in a reception area?

The size, type, and the elements of your reception area will depend on the nature of your business. Depending on whether your business image is professional and sophisticated or laid-back and modern, you will have to choose the right furniture configuration and style that will fit your office space. Either way, a typical lobby or reception area should have the following elements:   

Why should the reception desk face the visitors’ door?

First impressions are important, there’s no doubt about that. When it comes to your business, the best way to leave a great impression on anyone entering your premises is to have a reception area that sends the right message. 

The purpose of a lobby or reception is to welcome visitors and the furniture is probably the first thing they will notice. That’s why you should take your time when shopping for reception desks in San Diego and choose the one that projects an accurate image of your business.

How tall should a reception desk be?

The standard height of a reception desk can be anywhere from 28 to 30 inches. If there is a transaction counter, it should be about 12 inches taller. The work surface of the desk should be slightly below the resting elbow height of the receptionist to prevent ergonomic injuries, meaning that you should have either a height-adjustable chair or a lower desk for shorter receptionists.

What shape of reception desk should I buy?

Depending on the type of your business, you’ll want to pick a desk that meets the needs of the receptionist and the space you have available. Reception desks in San Diego come in a variety of shapes and sizes you can choose from: 

  • L-shaped desks consist of two parts connected at a 90° angle. They take up less space and are best suited for a single receptionist.   
  • U-shaped desks curve at both sides and provide a large work surface to the right and left of your receptionists in addition to the front area.   
  • Curved desks are a stylish option that can help you save up some space. They are also easily accessible and add a professional flair to your reception area.

What material should my reception desk be made of?

What type of material should you look for when searching for a reception desk for sale in San Diego? Here are some of the most common options:     

  • Metal desks are great for adding a modern touch to your lobby. While metal is highly durable, it’s also susceptible to scratches and dents. 
  • Real wood desks look and feel expensive, and they usually are. Adding a granite or glass top is recommended to avoid scratches on the surface. 
  • Laminate desks are an affordable and durable desk option that can look great in almost any type of reception area.

Stellar custom designs for your reception desk in San Diego

Whether you’re furnishing an office space in the Marina District or need a reception desk in your salon in East Village, don’t hesitate to visit our stunning furniture showroom in San Diego. At Business Office Outfitters, we enjoy helping our neighbors furnish their offices with top-quality furniture and outstanding custom designs. 

Looking for durable cubicles for sale in the San Diego area? Or do you want to purchase a high-quality conference table in San Diego? Look no further! BOO furniture has everything you may need to create an office space that will leave a lasting first impression on your business partners and visiting clients. Visit us today!

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