The benefit of modular guest seating for waiting areas is the ability to configure and reconfigure the chairs in tables in a seemingly endless number of ways. How do you decide which configurations will be best for your reception area? Take a look at the most common configuration types to determine what style will work best for your needs.
Against a Wall
A straight or L-shaped configuration is commonly located against a wall or pushed into a corner. This arrangement of reception seating shapes is the most common and especially ideal for use in small waiting rooms that don't have much extra floor space. Whether configured as individual armchairs, sofas, or something a little more unique, modular seating used up against the wall is a smart choice for reception areas of any size. It can also make guests feel more comfortable as they will not need to look behind their backs when waiting to be called for an appointment.
Best used in large reception areas, dual-sided seating configurations are used in the middle of a room and can accommodate guests on either side of the unit. Although being out in the middle of the waiting room does not save space the way seating up against a wall does, it does help maximize the reception area by seating twice as many people in one space. Plus, this type of seating is most commonly used in conjunction with against-the-wall reception seating, meaning it's only really used when all or most of the waiting room's wall space is full. Don't forget to leave at least a 3-foot walkway between the seating in your waiting area so the space does not become a fire hazard.
This configuration style is closely related to the dual-sided style, but seats are arranged in a zigzag pattern. Not only does this add visual interest to the waiting room, but it serves a more practical purpose as well—the zigzag design of this configuration with high-back chair options provides privacy to guests who may not want to get overly close to strangers. This is particularly helpful when used with seating that has built-in charging, as the staggered design makes it easy to tell which charging port is to be used by which user.