Reception Desks

Reception desks are typically designed in a rectangular, L-shaped, or U-Shaped layout with under-desk storage and filing and a raised privacy panel on one or more sides of the work surface, often enhanced by an upper transaction counter.


Customized Reception Station: Customized reception stations are reception work desks that can be personalized with a variety of color, fabric, finish, and style options.

Reception Corner Station: Reception corner stations are workstations with 90° corner section that fits in the corner of a room or office, or can be used to comprise the corner of a larger configuration in main library floor or lobby location.

Reception L-Desk: Reception L-desks are L-shaped workstations designed for receptionist use in lobby or main library floor settings. The L-shape increases work surface area and usually includes under-desk pedestals for storage and filing.

Reception Transaction Counter: Reception transaction counter is an attachment placed above the privacy panels and surrounds at least one side of the work surface, offering a platform countertop for business card display, information brochures and handouts, sign-in sheets, or library check-out and information support.

Reception U-Desk: Reception U-desks are three-sided workstations designed to support receptionist or librarian in lobby or main library floor settings. The U-shaped layout provides maximum work surface area and often includes under-desk storage and filing pedestals.


Adjustable Glides: Adjustable glides are positioned on the base of reception desks and library furniture with a self-adjusting or manually adjustable design allowing the furniture to level on uneven floor surfaces for wobble-free balanced setup and use.

B/B/F Pedestal: B/B/F pedestals are three-drawer pedestals containing a bottom file drawer and two upper box drawers used for storage and organizing.

Fabric Tackboard Panel Insert: Fabric tackboard panel inserts are fabric-covered tackable bulletin board-style privacy panels that fit within the metal usually aluminum frames to form functional privacy panels surrounding reception desks and other library furniture. The fabric is often customized with a choice of colors and the tackable surface allows additional support for display use.

F/F Pedestal: F/F pedestals are two-drawer pedestals containing two file drawers.

Flip-Down Front Drawer: The flip-down front drawer usually indicates a center drawer with a hinged drawer-front that opens by flipping down to allow access to a keyboard, mouse, or laptop stored within.

Full-Extension Slides: Full-extension slides are drawer slides that allow the drawer to open for full access to the interior while the drawer remains securely within the slides for safe use.

Legal-Sized: Legal-sized refers to file drawers designed to accept legal-sized 8½” by 14” documents and corresponding file folders.

Letter-Sized: Letter-sized refers to file drawers designed to accept standard copy paper sized 8½” by 11” documents and folders.

Modesty Panel: Modesty panels are under-desk extensions that typically conceal the upper half or entire knee area under a desk for professional look and privacy. Full-height modesty panels extend from under the desktop to the base of the desk while partial modesty panels typically extend halfway from under the desktop about halfway to the base of the desk.

Recessed Modesty Panel: Recessed modesty panels are panels extending from the underside of the desktop, with a recessed position set back from the outward-facing edge of the desktop to create a counter-style ledge on the guest-side of the workstation.

Return Table: Return tables are attachments added to standard rectangular work desks and reception desks allowing the work surface to transform into an L-shaped layout. Return tables are typically not freestanding and require a desk component to operate.

Construction Materials

AA-Grade North American Hardwood Veneers: AA-grade North American hardwood veneers refer to wood veneers made from all North American produced wood, with the AA-grade quality rating used to indicate top-quality wood veneers.

All Metal-to-Metal Connectors: All metal-to-metal connectors indicates that the assembly process is made more secure by the addition of threaded metal inserts in furniture panels, designed to catch and secure screws or bolts for a stronger assembled workstation or structure.

Bow-Front Countertop: The bow-front countertop is a transaction counter raised on privacy panels above the front edge of a reception desk, designed with a curved outward-facing edge to increase transaction countertop surface area and create a bow-front design.

Extruded Aluminum: Extruded aluminum refers to privacy panel frames made by forcing aluminum metal through a custom mold or dye to form the desired shapes and pieces comprising the frame.

Floating Countertop: Floating countertops are stylish countertop panels set on a series of posts or other support attachments that allow the countertop to present a floating style above the overall workstation frame.

Frosted Acrylic Panel: Frosted acrylic panels are acrylic plastic window panels within the frame of a reception desk or privacy panel section, designed to resemble frosted glass for a translucent window that allows increased light for the work surface area but continued privacy for a professional environment.

Frosted Glass Countertop: Frosted glass countertop refers to the raised frosted tempered glass panel forming the transaction counter on select library workstations and reception desks. The tempered glass is stronger and safer, with a treated design that shatters into tiny granules instead of sharp pieces if broken.

Hand-Matched Veneers: Hand-matched veneers are veneer finish panels selected by hand to ensure the closest match for a natural looking finished product.

Hand-Rubbed Finish: Hand-rubbed finish refers to wood stain applied to hardwood, wood veneers, or wood trim and edging components by hand, usually using a multi-step application process for rich color and often finished with a clear topcoat, varnish, or lacquer to protect the wood stain finish.

High-Pressure Laminate: High-pressure laminate is a durable finish made with multiple layers, bonded under heat and pressure to the core panels of a reception desk or other furniture component. The surface is available in a variety of styles and colors; often presenting an easy-clean finish that resists damage from scratches, stains, heat, and typical use.

Matching Self-Edge: Matching self-edge is an edge covering or finish accomplished by applying a coordinating strip of laminate or melamine to the edges of core panels. The strip conceals raw edges and blends naturally with the work surface and other finished surfaces for a balanced look.

MDF Core: MDF core is a medium-density fiberboard panel made by combining wood fibers and other wood materials with a resin, wax, or other adhesive bonding substance, then pressing and shaping into durable panels. The MDF core panels are used to produce reception workstations and other furniture that is finished with wood veneers, melamine, or laminate.

Melamine: Melamine is a finish similar to laminate, using fewer layers but offering an easy-clean finish available in a variety of colors and styles. Melamine, line laminate, resists damage from typical use including scratches, stains, and heat.

Mortise and Tenon Joinery: Mortise and tenon joinery refers to a classic wood craft method using a matching cutout and shape on conjoining wood panels to form a puzzle piece-like connection that fits together but cannot easily pull apart.

Privacy Hutch: Privacy hutch refers to the raised privacy panels surrounding one or more sides of a reception desk, concealing the desk surface partially for a professional workspace. The privacy hutch may have integrated storage space, storage compartments, shelves, or cabinets to enhance hutch-style design.

PVC Edge: PVC edge is made using a band or strip of PVC plastic, customized to fit the edges of reception desk or other furniture core panels. The band is applied to the raw edges of core panels, concealing the seam where the core panels bond to laminate or melamine finish, and protecting users from rough or raw edges.

Real Wood Veneer Finish: Real wood veneer finish is a finishing process that takes thin slices of real hardwood, stained for classic-style wood furniture appearance, and applied to furniture core panels using laminate or other adhesive for a secure bond. The result is the look of all wood furniture at a reduced cost and with greater design durability.

Removable Core Locks: Removable core locks are keyed locks in file and storage drawer units that have core assemblies that can be replaced by simply removing the core and leaving the overall lock frame behind for the replacement core. These locks allow faster change-out for rekeying as needed.

Reversible Assembly: Reversible assembly indicates a reception desk or workstation can be assembled with the return table on the right or left side to suit the user’s preference. In contrast, select L-desk styles, for example, come in left-hand or right-hand models instead of a single model with reversible design.

Solid Wood Edging: Solid wood edging is edging designed by adding solid wood pieces around the perimeter of the core tabletop or desktop panels, finishing the entire surface with veneers or laminate for a one-piece appearance, and adding smooth, round, or decorative detailing to the solid wood edge components.

Solid Wood Moulding: Solid wood moulding refers to crown and/or base moulding or trim made by adding solid hardwood pieces along the top and/or base of a reception desk or workstation. The moulding creates a 3D effect, set off from the profile of the desk panels, and the moulding may be carved, shaped, smooth, or decorative depending on the design.

Steel Construction/Steel Frame: Steel construction or steel frame construction indicates the frame of the reception desk and/or the frames of the privacy panels are made of steel, offering strong support and reliable consistent shapes. The steel components are often finished with paint or enamel, and many have environmentally friendly powder-coat finish for added benefits.

Traditional Details: Traditional details refer to carved or shaped decorative wood components such as moulding, trim, and edge details, as well as the use of brass or metal hardware, such as drawer-pulls and handles, to create an antique effect. Natural wood stain colors are also part of traditional details found in reception desks and library collections.

Vinyl Base Rail Covers: Vinyl base rail covers are protective, impact-resistant vinyl coverings that conceal the base rails of privacy panels and select reception desks.

Customized Reception Station
Customized Reception Station

Reception L-Desk
Reception L-Desk

Reception Transaction Counter
Reception Transaction Counter

Reception U-Desk
Reception U-Desk

B/B/F Pedestal
B/B/F Pedestal

F/F Pedestal
F/F Pedestal

Recessed Modesty Panel
Recessed Modesty Panel

Return Table
Return Table

Bow-Front Countertop
Bow-Front Countertop

Floating Countertop
Floating Countertop


ADA: ADA-listed products are those that meet the minimum standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act for comfortable wheelchair access to countertops and workspaces and/or other ADA requirements depending on the design.

ANSI/BIFMA: ANSI/BIFMA products have been tested and verified to meet the standards or requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).

Cable Cutouts: Cable cutouts are grommet holes and other strategic spaces made within the frames of reception desks, privacy panels, and other furniture to allow power cords, technology cables, and other wires to pass through solid furniture panels for neater setup.

HIPAA: HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, referring to a legal bill passed in 1996 regarding the collection, storage, transport, and protection of health insurance and healthcare records, documents, and other Personally Identifiable Information. Products listed with a HIPAA icon meet the requirements for such document and record storage.

SEFA: SEFA is the Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association, which helps to ensure classroom, lab, and training facility furnishing and storage units meet certain requirements for safety and functional use.

Wire Management: Wire management is any number of enhancements in reception desks and other library furniture that allow technology to be setup neatly. Grommet holes and other strategic spaces for wire pass-through, as well as wire channels and storage bins all contribute to professional wire management.