If you are in the market for a reception desk, there are many features to consider. One basic need is to get one that is the right size. You also might want to look for a style that reflects your office and your business.
When considering individual features, it's good to know the names of some common features. Reception desks may be wood or medium density fiberboard. They also may have a scuff guard, wiring grommets, a keyboard tray and a computer caddy.
Medium density fiberboard
Medium density fiberboard, usually called MDF, is a type of manufactured wood that manufacturers often use to make office furniture, including reception desks. It's popular because it's usually inexpensive and durable. Companies can make it from recycled materials. Usually it comes painted or covered with a veneer when used to make desks and other furniture.
A dovetail joint is a way to join two pieces of wood to form a corner, such as the corner of a desk or drawer. Look for reception desks with drawers that have dovetail joints if you want strong, durable drawers.
Wiring grommets are a form of wire management that allows a computer cable, or perhaps several cables, to pass neatly through the desktop or other flat surface on a desk. This is a way to have a computer underneath the desk with accessories such as a monitor on the desktop.
Keyboard trays or keyboard drawers
A keyboard tray or drawer is a shelf, usually below the desktop, that holds the computer keyboard and sometimes the mouse. A keyboard tray is an important feature for a reception desk that will hold a computer, so that the keyboard can stay out of the way when not in use but be at the right height when needed.
If your reception desk holds a computer, a computer caddy can make it accessible, yet out of the way and off the ground. Some computer caddies come built into the desk, and others are a separate piece.