The conference room is used on a frequent basis for meetings with clients and employees. It’s a room where training sessions can be held, presentations can be made and projects can be worked on. In fact, it’s one of the most-used spaces in the entire office, but not all conference rooms are created equally. What you may not realize is that what your conference table is made of as well as the size and shape of it are as important as the meetings you’re holding.
The Conference Table Sets The Tone
First of all, it’s important to understand that the material used to make the conference table is a big deal. You can tell a great deal about a company by the style and tone of the furniture. A lawyer’s office, for example, brings to mind darker wood tones such as walnut or cherry. However, a tech company with high energy employees calls for a lighter table with a maple or light oak finish. Finally, a high-end fashion design company would do well with a sleek, glass-top table. It’s all about matching the table to the culture of the company.
Conference Table Size Does Matter
If you’ve ever been in a small conference room crowded around a large table, you know how uncomfortable and distracting it is. Using a table that’s too big for the room and putting too many people around it are common mistakes. Conference tables, should allow for a good-sized group of people without taking up every inch of floor space. A good rule of thumb would be to leave a wide path completely around the table and remove other items from the room. You should be able to pull a chair out and get in, or out, of it without disturbing the person next to you.
Limit The Number Of Chairs
Although you may have enough room to put 20 people at your conference table, it’s probably not optimal. Seating people too closely to one another creates friction, increases annoyances and creates distractions. It’s best to leave a full space between chairs in order to give each person ample personal space. You may only fit half the people in, but, the meeting will go smoother. In addition, those that attend the meeting will be more likely to pay full attention and be more engaged in the meeting.
Table Shape And Communication
Conference tables come in different shapes for different applications. Some tables have a clear, leadership chair at the head of the table, which are perfect where one person is in charge. There are also round tables, which are excellent for group discussions. Longer, rounded-rectangle tables are also widely used in office settings around the country. Keep in mind that the shape must also suit the size of the room. A round conference table, for instance, won’t work well in a long, narrow room.
If you want to learn more about choosing the right conference table, please contact us. We know a thing or two about them and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. If you’re looking for a high-quality table for your conference room, we can help with that too.