The benefit to 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 used up against a wall or pushed into a corner. These types of reception seating shapes are the most common and are especially ideal for use in small waiting rooms that don't have much extra floor space to spare. Whether configured as individual arm chairs, sofas or something a little more unique, modular seating used up against the wall is a smart choice for reception areas of any size and can even make guests feel more comfortable as they will not need to look behind their backs when waiting to be called for an appointment.

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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 room in 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 has already been used. Don't forget to leave at least a 3-foot walkway between the seating in your waiting area so that the space does not become a fire hazard.

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Staggered Dual-Sided 

This configuration style is closely related to the dual-sided style, only 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 when used with high back chair options provides privacy to guests who may not want to get overly close to strangers in the waiting area. 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.

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Have your own ideas for waiting room seating configurations? We'd love to hear your ideas, so share them in the comments below! Be sure to check out our full assortment of waiting room seating to learn more.


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