Building a Reception Desk for a Photo Studio

Any professional photo studio should have a reception desk. Building your very own reception desk is simple as long as you have the right tools and materials available.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • 2x2-inch wood batons
  • wooden planks, medium-density fiberboard or glass for top
  • screws or nails
  • screwdriver or hammer

Step 1 - Measuring

The first thing that you need to do is measure the dimensions of your room to ensure that you know exactly how big you want your desk to be. This will help you determine how far the desk will protrude and whether or not it will cause you any problems.

Step 2 - Planning

Once you have the measurements for the space available for your reception desk, you need to start planning. Planning your desk is a very important step because it will make sure that everything will fit properly. Design your desk so that it makes the best use of the space. For example, if you have an unused corner you could build a wrap around desk. Every room is different, so what's best for one room might not work for another.

When planning your photo studio reception desk it's important that it's not only functional, but it's also practical. You want the desk to look professional and interesting to visitors. It's always a bonus if people visiting your photo studio will be impressed by your reception desk.

A good way to plan your desk is to draw a scaled diagram of your room, making sure that the doors and windows are marked on the model. Then you can set to work drawing your desk to scale to make sure that it doesn't interfere with any of the walkways. A reception desk should be useful, not a hindrance.

Step 3 - Making the Frame

Once you have designed your desk, you should create the frame. This is easiest if you make it from 2x2 batons as these can easily be cut to shape and fixed together. Make the basic frame out of wood and then fix everything together. Every section of your desk should be square and fit properly together.

Step 4 - Covering the Frame

Once you have the basic frame assembled it should be a free standing unit. You should be able to decorate this in any material of your choosing. For the purposes of this tutorial we will be suggesting tongue and grooved wooden planks. These can be slotted together and nailed over the entire frame. For the working surface, using a piece of MDF, wood or even glass will work well.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

When the desk has been fully assembled it should resemble a professional reception desk. All you need to do now is make sure it's level and then give it a lick of paint. If you've used natural wood products, you could choose to stain the reception desk instead of painting it.

Leave it to dry and it should look like a very impressive reception desk that your customers will appreciate when visiting your photo studio.