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Tips for Designing an Office Lobby

An office lobby is in the unique position of being able to give people a first and last impression of a company. Whether a person steps into an office as a visitor or as an employee, a lobby is going to be one of the first things they see and it will be one of the last things they see as they leave. Naturally, you want that impression to be a good one. 

Not sure where to begin with designing your office lobby? Here are a few ideas to help you get started. 

Layout & Navigation

Even though many people who pass through a lobby do so on a daily basis, keep in mind that many people may be visitors who aren’t as familiar with your space. Lobbies should be easy to navigate with a clear layout and wayfinding available to help people find things like elevators, restrooms, and specific offices. 


Nobody likes feeling crowded, especially if they’re trying to prepare themselves for something like a meeting or an interview. Even before COVID-19 came along, people often appreciated having a little distance between themselves and others while waiting in a lobby. When planning your lobby, think about how many people, on average, are seated in a lobby waiting area at a given time so that you know how much seating you need and arrange seating in a way that allows people to spread out. 

Atmosphere & Branding

Generally speaking, lobbies should have an inviting atmosphere that makes people feel welcome. Comfortable seating is a staple for office lobbies, but it’s also nice to have things like hospitality stations where people can get some coffee or snacks, charging stations for electronic devices, or magazines to browse while people wait for their appointments. 

Lobbies are also a great opportunity to incorporate some company branding as a way to tell visitors something about your company. For example, are you more trendy and modern or more upscale and traditional? Artwork and decor can be used in your lobby to convey that message. 

Branded colors are great to include as well. 

Materials Matter

Lobbies and reception areas are easily among the most heavily used areas of any office. As one of the key hubs of activity in the workplace, visited daily by employees and guests alike, durable materials are particularly important for lobbies. The last thing you want is for your new lobby to quickly start showing signs of wear and tear, especially since lobbies can give visitors a strong first impression of a company. 

Contact Premier Construction & Design

Need help designing the perfect office lobby? Premier Construction & Design can help. Our team has worked on several lobbies in the Metro Detroit area and would love to work with you. Take a look at our portfolio for examples of some of our past work. When you’re ready, contact us to get started.