The right furniture can help make meetings more efficient. We offer a full range of conference room and boardroom furniture, including tables, chairs, presentation systems, whiteboards, and more.
For many organizations, the conference room is a statement piece for the business. This is the space where representatives of the business meet with clients and make an impression. As such, it makes sense for businesses to spend more on furnishings and design for this room, but it’s still possible to create the look that best represents your organization without breaking the budget.
The size of the conference table will depend on the size of your conference room and how many, ideally, you’d like to seat at the table. Based on this, you’ll then want to consider the dimensions and ensure that they allow for easy navigating around the table and enough sitting space for all. The thickness of the table is another detail to keep in mind. Usually, conference tables are somewhere between one and two inches thick – the bigger the table, the thicker it should be, which will also make it look more substantial.
In conjunction with determining the size of the table is determining its shape. While an oval shape is most traditional, many other options exist, including round, arcing, rectangular or square.
Don’t forget to think about the base of the table, or what the legs of the table look like. The length of the table will determine how many base systems are needed, and these can be selected either to match the table or with a finish that features a contrasting look. Metal offers a more contemporary look, and sizes of the base system can be either understated or big and bold.
A quick note about the surface of the table – inspired by the trend started by Chip and Joanna Gaines, reclaimed wood tables are all the rage, but many organizations experience sticker shock when they start to price them. Thanks to innovations in technology and design, there are a couple of laminate products that look just like reclaimed wood, but are available at about one-third the price.
Once those factors are determined, it’s time to consider what is needed in terms of A/V equipment and how it will be powered. Data power modules, customized to offer any combination of data, power, USB, and HDMI outlets, can be built into a table and powered through an outlet either in the floor or the wall. Connect Track is a great product that fits in between the underneath seam of flooring, which can get power to the table from the wall without any tripping hazards caused by stray cords.
Once the table is considered, it’s time to think about the chairs that will go around the table. The average length of your conference room meetings will help determine how much support you need in your chairs. Also, you’ll want your chairs to be comfortable, but not too comfortable – after all, you don’t want people to hang out all day!
Most people choose a heavy-duty urethane arm for their chairs – this is the most durable choice and can handle scratches that can come from bumping into the table. Brushed metal arms provide an updated look, but can more easily scratch with use. Likewise, leather chairs offer a traditional look but can easily get chewed up by the edges of a conference table.
Training chairs are another option depending on use of the room. The seats on these chairs flip up and nest, allowing for various options based on needs.
Finally, it’s important to think about any other furniture that might be required to improve the overall function of the room. For example, is it likely you’ll hold working lunches? If so, adding a credenza to provide a serving station may make sense, and would also allow for a caterer to come into the room without disrupting the meeting in progress. Does the room need a screen? Usually those are situated at the far end of the conference room. Training tables that can be pulled apart or brought together might also make more sense in some situations, creating a more versatile space.
Dry-erase boards seem like a conference room staple, and for good reason as they provide an opportunity to better visualize the outcomes from brainstorming and collaboration. As you plan your conference room, think about whether you need a dry-erase board, and if so, where it should be placed. Dry-erase paint is now also an option, allowing an area of a wall to be transformed into a dry-erase area.
Glass boards are another option to consider. Typically glass boards are easier to clean than the dry-erase boards, and they can be mounted offset on metal to provide an updated look.
As mentioned earlier, conference tables can easily provide power to any technological devices needed for your conference room. But once the A/V equipment is purchased and power is added to the table, the associated costs could run upwards of around $10,000. For about the same money, TecSlate provides similar functions but offers flexibility as the unit can move from space to space, going from the board room to open collaborative spaces with ease – just roll out and plug in. To see one up close and in action, feel free to come by our showroom!