Bad Examples of Waiting Rooms:
Another bonus to using commercial grade furniture is that it is much more durable. The cushions can hold up to heavy use and weight. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a sofa that you sink down into and can’t get out of. The cushions are flat and the springs sprung. Obesity is much more prevalent nowadays, so chances are you will have an obese client and your furniture needs to stand up to that kind of weight. Most commercial furniture can hold 300 lbs and there is specialized seating that can hold more.
This is a great example of a special bariatric chair. It's more of a bench or chair and half. This is a great chair for a Mom and child too!
The drawbacks to commercial furniture is that it is more expensive, but the life of the chair will pay off in the end. You will have to replace residential furniture more often. Hear lies the problem, many people don't replace it and it looks and feels terrible.
If you can say "YES" to 4 of the 5 questions then it's time for you to update your waiting/reception space:
1. Has it been more than 10 years since you updated your waiting/reception space?
2. Are you cushions smashed, deformed and uncomfortable?
3. Does your waiting/reception space look like your living room in your home?
4. Did you buy your furniture from your local furniture store? or worse bring it from home?
5. Are your chairs lined up against the wall?
Here are some great examples of waiting/reception spaces: (notice that several of these examples still have the furniture arranged the way you would at home in your own living room)