Conference and Training Tables are vital pieces of furniture for businesses that have client or employee meetings. While your first thought will be finding a conference table that meets your needs and fits in with your office decor, you will also have to consider the cost as well as the shape of the table.
Conference Table Shapes:
- Racetrack or oval-shaped conference tables are the best of both worlds when it comes to conference tables. They have the general shape of a rectangular meeting room table, yet the rounded ends make them less formal. They are meant to project a feeling of teamwork to the conference room.
- Boat Shaped Conference Tables tend to be more formal and project that image, with a formal "head of the table" spot.
- Round conference tables that can normally seat 4
- Square Conference / Training Tables encourage communication and collaboration, with the flexibility of setting up different layouts.
When deciding what to buy:
- Determine how much money you have to spend.
- Measure the length and width of the room that will hold the Conference or Training tables.
- Determine the number of people the room / table needs to accommodate.
- Identify common activities that occur in the room and the uses of the table.
- Choose the best shape for the table. Round tables are ideal for small groups that need to work closely together. Longer, rectangle conference tables are better for a corporate boardroom.
- Select the size of the table. The shape might limit the size. For example, round conference tables usually can't hold as many people as a long, rectangular table. The size of the room and number of people also influence size.
- Select the finishes / material for the table. Veneer is normally much more expensive than a Laminate table. Laminate tables are however more functional and durable.
- Decide if you need power and data outlets / grommets built into the table.
- Consider the flexibility that you require for the room and setting it up for various functions.