Conference Room Furniture Do-s and Don’ts

Published on: Author: Anne Langton

A well designed conference room will impress, support productivity and probably be the centerpiece of most offices.  Technology has greatly impacted conference room furniture design and function with features and finishes.

Zoom tbl, Webb seating by Davis Furniture

Zoom table and Webb seating by Davis Furniture

 

CONFERENCE TABLE DO-ES…

 

  • DO CONSIDER SIZE AND SHAPE of TABLE

Usually dictated by the size and shape of the room, don’t forget about adequate walk around space behind the conference chairs WHEN they are occupied.  A general rule of thumb is a 10’ long table will seat 10 people.  A 6 foot long table will seat 6 people and so on.

  • DO…LOOK AT THOSE LEGS!

Nothing will limit seating capacity like the style or placement of the table legs.  Pedestal or parson type legs offer most flexibility.

  • DO…PLUG IN

Technology has revolutionized conference table design.  Tables have the capacity to be powered to run any device under the sun.  The tricky part is to coordinate how and where that power arrives on the table top.

  • DO…MAP OUT THE TABLE TOP’S FINAL DESTINATION

Large table tops need large openings and space to turn corners.  Is the elevator tall enough?  Are there tight corners to go around?  A top in multiple sections may be the answer.

 

CONFERENCE SEATING DON’TS…

 

  • DON’T… SELECT SEATING THAT’S HARD TO MOVE

Conference room seating should move easily and quickly with castered legs or feet with glides.  Updated mesh backs are light weight and comfortable.  Ditch the outdated heavy overstuffed black leather chairs for seating that is easily maneuverable.

  • DON’T… SELECT SEATING WITHOUT REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Pneumatic height adjustment accounts for varying people sizes.  Other ergonomic features are nice but not necessary in the conference rm  And while we are talking about arms, make sure they clear table when unoccupied.

  • DON’T…SELECT SEATING FABRIC WITHOUT READING THE LABEL

Just like those nutritional labels you can tell a lot about reading fabric labels. This is especially true in commercial spaces.  How many “Double Rubs” can the fabric boast?  If it’s less than 50,000 keep looking!

Happy Conferencing!

 

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