May 13, 2024 | Posted by Meghan Smith

Buy-Rite Beauty offers professional Reception Desks that are designed specifically for salons, spas, and barbershops to create a stunning first impression for your clients. Reception desks in salons are an important aspect because guests may spend most of their time waiting for their services and where the transactions typically take place. A well-made, aesthetically pleasing reception desk can evoke a professional and inviting feeling in your reception area. A salon reception desk is typically both a countertop for guests and a workspace for the receptionist. They often include shelves and storage for the receptionist that are hidden from guests. We evaluated our entire collection of salon reception desks based on crucial criteria to give you the top-ranked options for your space.


With a rich history spanning 87 years, Buy-Rite Beauty has solidified its position as a leader in the salon furniture industry. Our expertise extends to reception furniture, where we offer comprehensive insights into crucial considerations for selecting the ideal option for your salon. As authorized representatives of major brands, we guarantee a diverse range that meets the evolving needs of modern hairstylists, barbers, and spa owners.


■ Storage: We evaluated the storage capabilities—how much can the salon reception desk hold and organize?
Footprint & Size: We considered the space these salon reception desks would occupy.
■ Aesthetic: We explored customization options, such as colors and lighting features, to align with your desired look.
■ Assembly: We examined the difficulty of assembly for each salon reception desk.
■ Affordability: We considered overall affordability – what is the investment required?


Why Stylists Love It: The Bali Circular Reception Desk adds a beautiful, rounded design to any space. This reception desk is made to order at the Buy-Rite Cabinet Shop in the U.S.A. to ensure the best quality possible. Customize this two-tone desk with 20 popular laminate options. The Bali Circular Reception Desk features a storage drawer and a locking cash drawer to keep things out of sight. Additionally, it ships fully assembled for easy setup.

Considerations: This desk is meticulously crafted to order in the U.S.A., requiring about 6-8 weeks for production. Although this ensures superior quality, the production time may not align with every shop’s schedule.

Shopper’s Tip: This reception desk is perfect for those looking for a trending rounded design with an integrated locking cash drawer that requires no assembly whatsoever. This reception desk for salons arrives fully assembled, which eliminates the hassle of assembly and ensures easy setup upon delivery. If a rounded style doesn’t suit your taste, consider the Bali Square Reception Desk, which offers the same aesthetic and features in a rectangular shape.


Why Stylists Love It: The Square Reception Desk is a versatile and economical option that fits easily into any space. It is made to order with the best materials at the Buy-Rite Cabinet Shop and is available in 20 popular colors. This reception desk has two storage drawers and ample counter space for computers, POS systems, and more. It comes in at 36″ with larger widths available upon request. This reception desk also ships fully assembled to save you time.

Considerations: This reception desk is designed to be economical and versatile so it has a basic design without elevated features. If you are looking for a salon reception desk with a design that makes more of a statement in your waiting area, check out the Collins Three-Sided Reception Desk with Back-Lit Panel.

Shopper’s Tip: This is the perfect option for those looking for a reception desk that ties durability, craftsmanship, and value together. At 36″ wide, it also has a smaller footprint for those looking to maximize square footage in their space.


Why Stylists Love It: The J&A Glass Top Reception Desk has a sleek look with wood finishes and elegant glass tops. This reception desk emphasizes design with its decorated front panel that has a nickel mirror finish. The wood comes in either walnut or white to match most salon designs. It has ample storage with two cabinets, a middle open shelf, and two drawers.

Considerations: While stylish, if handled without care, glass countertops can be prone to scratches and may require careful handling and maintenance to maintain their pristine appearance.

Shopper’s Tip: This reception desk has a unique design that will give your shop a modern, sharp edge. The glass top paired with a second-level mini glass shelf accentuates the rich wood finish, while the decorative front metal panel in a nickel mirror finish adds a distinctive, sleek touch, enhancing the desk’s overall stylish and contemporary appearance. For those nail salons looking for design continuity, be sure to check out the J&A Glass Top Manicure Table that matches seamlessly this modern aesthetic.


Why Stylists Love It: The Collins Nico Concierge Desk offers the perfect ambiance to any salon space with the LED accent light built into the front of the desk. This reception desk is made 100% in the U.S.A. with the best quality materials and craftsmanship so that it will last. It also has a metal toe-kick that is available in black, gold, or silver. Choose from a wide variety of color options for this desk to fit into your design aesthetic.

Considerations: This reception desk commands a higher price tag with it’s integrated LED light and accented toe kick. It’s important to consider the added features as they relate to price to ensure alignment with your budget & needs.

Shopper’s Tip: With its built-in ambient lighting, this salon reception desk is perfect for those who are looking to add a unique, calming touch to aid in welcoming their guests to the salon. Love this design, but need more space? Check out this same reception desk in the 60″ wide version in the 60″ Nico Reception Desk w/ LED Light.


Why Stylists Love It: The Salon Ambiance Smart Italian Reception Desk makes a statement in any space with its gorgeous curved design, unique front panel, and LED lighting. This reception desk comes in 47 vibrant Italian vinyl color selections to create a unique look. The desk curves at a 90-degree angle allowing it to be positioned in different ways to create more space. It also comes with soft LED lighting on the front panel to add a unique touch to the reception area. Along with the closed storage cabinets on the back side, it also comes with an open retail cabinet to display products or decor.

Considerations: Though compact, the desk’s L-shaped design may present challenges in fitting well within the intended reception area, particularly for salons with space limitations.

Shopper’s Tip: This is the perfect reception desk for those looking for a stunning Italian-crafted design that draws the eye to the reception area. Simoutanestly, this desk prioritizes retail sales with its integrated glass retail shelf visible to every guest that checks out.


Why Stylists Love It: The Collins E1162 Finley Reception Desk has a clean and simple design that can fit seamlessly into any salon or barbershop. This reception desk has a small footprint which allows it to fit into most reception spaces. It is available in over 50 color options to align with your aesthetic vision. It comes with two storage cabinets and a large countertop workspace. Additionally, it ships fully assembled to save time and effort.

Considerations: Consider storage needs for your reception area. While offering functional storage options, this desk’s two storage cabinets may not be sufficient for larger salons with higher storage needs. For maximum reception area storage, consider a desk like the J&A Glass Top Reception Desk that has more built-in storage capacity.

Shopper’s Tip: Ideal for those seeking a sleek design with minimal space requirements, this reception desk offers the perfect blend of functionality and style. The inclusion of the wrap-around purse ledge enhances convenience for both customers and employees while expediting the check-out process for clients, With a width of 36 inches, this desk can effortlessly fit into most small reception areas.


When considering salon reception desks, it’s crucial to assess them based on key criteria: affordability, aesthetic, storage, footprint, and assembly. These factors significantly impact the efficiency of your reception area. Before investing in a reception desk, carefully consider the daily operations of your business and prioritize what matters most to your business. This comprehensive list outlines each element to guide you in making the right choice for your salon. For additional reception furniture, check out our collection of reception chairs and retail displays.

Uncertain about your specific needs? Schedule a complimentary planning call with our design team today!





Jason Eichholz – Vice President

Jason has been an integral part of Buy-Rite since 2014 when he joined the family business. His passion lies in helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams. By working so closely with family, he instills family values in all of his work. He loves to share his expertise while maintaining honesty and dedication to the Buy-Rite brand. He leads the way for our customer service team to make sure each customer feels confident from the purchase to the delivery. Jason’s industry knowledge has propelled thousands of salon owners to open and maintain the salon of their dreams.

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