Let us define – what is the practical meaning of waiting? Well, waiting means a time specifically spared from the productive hours of your day into simply nothing but staring at the walls, flipping through the pages of magazines or aimlessly tapping your feet. Who likes to wait? Obviously, no one. But if you own a business where waiting is inescapable, the design should be highly professional yet equally welcoming.
This is the area which establishes the first impression of your business. You need to consider suitable furniture for your waiting lounge.
While your visitor might or might not use the elements you place for them to read or to watch, they would surely spend a long idle time sitting on the sofa. Hence, you need to make the right choice while choosing one. We have learned and summarized all that you need to know about sofa sets for your waiting room:
- Comfort beyond everything
Waiting is usually a daunting task and to counter that you need to provide a comfortable seating along with other customer-services. For comfort you need to consider two factors, seat depth and cushion fill.
Seat depth is the distance from the front of the seat to the front surface of the cushion. Depending upon how straight you want to sit, you can choose the seat depth from 21 to 24 inches. The height of visitors vary but on an average 21 to 22 inches is the most preferred choice.
Cushions that are not filled properly will add a few more inches to the depth of your seat. It goes hand in hand with the other measurements.
- Consider the footfall
If you are tackling a high volume of visitors on a regular basis, their accommodation needs to be dealt with correctly. A large 3 or 4 seater sofa with side chairs or a modular seating (if the waiting lounge is spacious) would be the basic arrangement to facilitate the incoming traffic.
Considering a waiting area of a clinic, hospital or a legal office where people walk-in is high and the waiting period is long, they cannot be compelled to stand. It becomes a mandate to provide appropriate seating. Which is why before making your purchase, it becomes imperative to understand the expected daily swarm of transients. HOF’s 3 seater Ciprio paired with a 1 or 2 seater sofa can gracefully fit in a multitude of people.
- Understanding space
Accommodating an enormous crowd in a small area can be quite a challenge. You need to take smart measures in terms of the size of the sofa you put and its arrangement.
Premium fabric Basilio sofa by HOF – is perfect for confined areas. You may wish to pair it with a single seater sofa chair that can be well adjusted to make optimum use of compact space. If expected visitors are limited, a simple 2 seater Basilio will be sufficient since you would also need to contemplate other accessories such as chairs, side tables or coffee tables or even some artifacts for decor.
- Bold or Subdued
Designers often choose the sofa to be the focal point of the room and not the reception desk. To avoid bottlenecks you also need to make sure, when your visitors enter your premises they are clearly instigated for where to go next.
The focal point is where people’s eyes first land upon entering the room. This is possible if the upholstery of the sofa stands out from the rest of the elements of the lounge. It’s a very ingenious way to deliver a welcoming feeling as your guest is naturally attracted to comfort.
Whether to choose a muted or bold tone for the sofa, depends on the background. The idea is to create contrast. If the color of the walls and other furniture is set light then a dark muted color Sofa will set a good focal point and similarly other way around. Even lighting and accessories need to support the design. People often complain of headaches or nausea caused by overly luminous lighting or eye strain if lighting is too dull or inadequate.
- Match with the niche
Usually, subtle tones are preferred in the healthcare sector as it tends to render a soothing feel. On the contrary, black, dark blue and brown tones are used at places where purpose is to reflect elegance such as designer studios or salons.
If you experience high traffic then the light hue of fabrics are not recommended as maintenance would not be an easy task.
Your furniture should be in accordance with your business niche. It should not reflect “out of the place feel” or a ” missing feel” to your decor.
If you are planning to renovate your workplace then the best way to determine a perfect waiting lounge is by taking the feedback of your staff or visitor’s experience. But if you are designing a new office space, it is better to take personal notes from your own waiting experience and implement the ideas discussed here.
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