Conference tables like the one shown above provide you with a central focal point around which key decisions can gather and share ideas. Imagine trying to have a meeting of the mind without an appropriate meeting space. It simply cannot be done. Setting aside a special area, and furnishing it with a table designed specifically with meetings in mind, is one of the most important elements of office space planning. Choosing the right table for the task is one of the more important decisions you make when purchasing new or used office furniture for your location.
This is because conference tables fulfill a symbolic role in addition to their fundamentally functional purpose. They often reflect both the business and the type of industry that the business operates within. Facilities that are primarily devoted to production may have only brief meetings with a small group of managers. Conference rooms and tables in these organizations tend to be very small and basic, and they may not even be made from wood. Businesses in other industries, however, may rely upon a series of long meetings that run throughout the day. These organizations will need more sophisticated tables to support a larger number of attendees.
Boat-shaped conference tables like the one depicted above are very popular in conference rooms that host meetings with 8 or more persons. This particular model, for instance, features a stylish cheery veneer and walnut banding. Grommets are drilled into the table in the factory to support communications and data devices that are used in the meeting. Wires can be concealed in the rails that add both stability and style to the table base. This particular model is also built with 6 levelers and with a cable opening at the top. A channel runs vertically through the bottom of the base that allows cables to be concealed within it.