How Do You Determine the Size of a Conference Room Table? DT103

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Does the size of the room play a role in choosing the size of a conference room table?

Absolutely.  

While some online sources may say that table size depends mostly on the number of users, our space planners consider the single most determining factor is the size of the room itself. 

We have to think about more than just the size of the table in relation to the size of the room.  We also have to consider how comfortably usable the room is going to be for guests, personnel, and investors who may be invited to a meeting.

People need more than elbow room on either side of their seats.  They also must have plenty of room to move their chairs back, and they must have plenty of walkway space between the chairs and the walls.  Meeting rooms tend to be much longer than they are wide, so people have to walk along the sides of the table to their seat.  Sufficient walkway space.

Normally, the amount of space behind chairs and table ends needs to be twice the amount of space between a desk and an office wall.  Conference room table chairs are routinely pushed back and left that way.  Instead of the standard two feet of space between a desk and a wall, our space planners leave 4 feet between the table edge and the wall.  They must also have enough room on either end of the table to walk around it comfortably to either side.

How much does the number of people in attendance influence the size of a conference room table?
The number of people also helps determine the size of a conference room table.  If a relatively small number of people routinely attend meetings, then the table itself may be visibly, disproportionately smaller than the room.  Companies with large rooms and smaller number of attendees may split the room in two, utilizing one side for meetings, and another side for a function like training or presentations.