How to Choose the Right Waiting Room Furniture for Your Healthcare Facility

Posted on: September 3, 2019

Above all else, healthcare providers care about their patients and their patients’ families. When it comes to selecting furniture for your healthcare facility, you might not be sure what to look for. What does the patient value most? How can you make them as comfortable as possible while also maintaining a functional space? We put together a little guide to answer these questions and more so you can choose the right furniture for your clinic, hospital, or outpatient center.

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The Waiting Room Is Your Patients’ First Impression

According to research, a patient will spend on average 20 minutes in the waiting room every doctor’s visit. As you could imagine, those 20 minutes can make or break a patient’s time with you. Returning patients could be waiting to find out good—or bad—news. New patients might be judging your facility’s authority based on their comfort level. So, when it comes to waiting rooms, at Zoom Inc. we suggest that you design with comfort in mind. Of course, we mean the chairs should be soft and support one’s back, but we also want to acknowledge the importance of psychological comfort as well.

Do your patients feel welcome when they approach the reception desk? Is it accessible? When choosing the right reception desk, you must ensure that all patients can identify and access it fairly easily. Here are a few other tips to remember when choosing a reception desk:

  • Choose the right size for your waiting room. If you don’t have much space, don’t purchase a massive reception desk!
  • Make sure you have enough tabletop space for all electronics and paperwork your staff might be using at once.
  • Look for a desk with enough storage to keep the surfaces clean and uncluttered.
  • The front panel should be higher than the rest of the desk to keep confidential information private.
  • Choose a durable material that ties in the rest of your office’s theme.

The reception desk is usually a patient’s first impression, so whatever furniture you buy, keep it tidy and organized!

Waiting Room Seating in Your Healthcare Facility

On the side of physical comfort, we encourage healthcare professionals to select waiting room seating that makes sense for their particular patients. When choosing waiting room seating, consider a few things:

  • Who does your practice work with? Do you serve mainly pregnant women, geriatric patients, adults, or families with children?
  • What does your average patient look like? How would different seating options affect them?
  • Will your seating accommodate a patient who is overweight? Should you have a few bariatric chairs just in case?
  • Do you want your seating to be easily cleaned? Or is comfort more important? Try to find a fabric or upholstery that is a happy medium between the two.

Make sure you get the right number of chairs/sofas so there’s enough seating for all your patients (but not so much seating that the layout is inaccessible to those in wheelchairs or parents with strollers). Even if you serve mainly geriatric patients, you never know who is accompanying them to their visit. It’s best to be prepared for any kind of visitor.

Zoom Inc. Has All Types of Furniture for Your Healthcare Facility

Whether it’s a waiting room, an examination room, or a doctor’s personal office, Zoom Inc. provides a massive selection of furniture ranging in material, style, and price. We know that you want your waiting room furniture to be functional and stylish and to fit your budget.

To find out about your waiting room furniture options, call Zoom Inc. at 301-299-7155 or contact us online. We can’t wait to help you get started!

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