Conference rooms of days gone by were massive spaces with correspondingly large tables and cushy leather seating. They were the spots where critical board meetings took place, and attendees expected a certain level of executive attention. Those days aren’t necessarily gone, but a modern conference room might just as easily have a different purpose and style.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re in the market for new conference room furniture:
Traditional Conference Rooms
If your office uses a conference room in the most traditional way, the main decisions are the furniture style and materials and the size and shape of the table, since it’s the focus of the room. You might be surprised about the seating capacity of tables in different shapes.
Where the curved lines of a boat-shaped table gives the impression that it seats more people, it’s really the same as a rectangle. With a round table, no one sits at the head. But these offer fewer seating spots than most other styles. Square tables also put everyone on equal footing, but might offer slightly more seating.
Progressive, Flexible Spaces
Some offices choose flexible design for a multi-purpose room. Modular pieces that fit together in several different ways help you rearrange the room for traditional meetings, video-conferences, training, breakout sessions, brainstorming huddles and nearly anything else.
Modular pieces often have locking casters on all components. They let you roll table sections around where you need them, then lock the casters so that everything stays put. With modular conference room furniture, you can build a large table for meetings, and rearrange everything for smaller workstations as needed.
Conference Room Seating
The table might be the focus, but seating makes or breaks a conference room. Lengthy meetings can leave everyone involved uncomfortable when seating isn’t right. That leads to shifting around and ultimately losing the attention of the group. Comfort is key.
Classic padded leather is still appropriate for a traditional conference room, at least for the position at the head of the table. But style shouldn’t trump ergonomics, especially when meetings tend to last for hours. Ergonomically designed seating in mesh, vinyl, fabric or leather looks great and is adjustable. Everyone gets a personalized fit.
Extras for Different Purposes
Just as no two businesses are the same, conference room accessories also vary. Videoconferencing isn’t a futuristic idea anymore. But the equipment needs a dedicated home, such as an A/V unit, to keep everything tidy. The conference table might also need special data and other wiring ports built in. Even wireless technology needs to plug in occasionally.
Other extras might include a lectern or podium for speakers and buffet tables for food. Service carts, either stationary or on casters, give cups, napkins, and other serving pieces a home that’s convenient without putting plates and forks on display.
Conference rooms haven’t necessarily changed from one definition to another. There are just more reasons to have one and more ways to use them now, whether behind closed doors or in a partitioned space in the building. Cubiture can help with all of that.
Our professional space planners can design a conference room that really works, and help you select the right furnishings to make it look and function perfectly for your business. Give us a call today at 713-412-0900 for a free quote, or stop by in person at our showroom. We’re located at 5821 West Sam Houston Parkway North, #300, Houston, Texas 77041. Contact Us Today.