Of all the furniture in an office, the conference table might be the most prominent. It’s where important business happens. In some offices, it’s also where workers take lunch, have training, and huddle for collaboration.
There’s more to consider when choosing a conference table than its grandeur, though. How your business works, the kind of work that you do, and the number of people in your office all play a role in deciding which table is right. Here’s a bit more information on the conference tables that Cubiture offers, and how each one might work for you.
Rectangle: The Classic Table
When you think of a conference or boardroom, you probably think of a gleaming, rectangular table encircled by high-back chairs. You’ll find many rectangular tables in stock at most office furniture dealers, including Cubiture. The rectangle is a matter of necessity in some offices, and serves a couple of purposes.
First, there’s seating. A table large enough to seat numerous attendees would be enormous if it were round. Stretched out into a rectangle, you get the necessary seating without a large, square room. Second, a rectangle gives a natural spot for the head of the table, or two seated at opposite ends. For formal meetings, a rectangle might be the way to go.
Boat: Classic with Visual Interest
The boat-shaped conference table is a spin off the rectangle. It’s long and narrow, but the sides curve slightly in toward each end. This is another shape that’s useful for formal business meetings. It also improves visibility, as users toward the ends can see others without leaning.
One misconception about the boat-shaped table is that it seats more people. That’s not the case, though, as the additional side length created by the curves is marginal. If you need additional space, a boat-shaped table won’t really give you more than a rectangle.
Round: Everyone’s On the Same Footing
While round conference tables aren’t efficient, and there’s the issue of crowded feet underneath, they do offer something else that’s becoming popular. Where there’s no head or foot of the table, everyone is on equal ground.
The round table is ideal for collaborative meetings. Instead of one or two people at the helm, the circle creates an environment where it’s less intimidating to speak, participate and share ideas. Creative businesses might work perfectly with a round conference table.
Square: Another Shape for Collaboration
A square conference table is similar to a round one in that there’s no real defined head or foot. For collaborative offices, this is another great choice. But where a circle reduces the seating possibilities, a square table makes up for it.
Square tables are one of the best uses of space, as it is with a rectangle. If your conference room doesn’t have the dimensions to accommodate a long table, a square might be just what you need.
Keystone: Designed for Technology
A keystone-style table is wider at one end than the other. Its elongated trapezoid shape isn’t designed to seat more people at the wider end, although it can be used that way. This is a table that’s primarily made for videoconferencing.
With a keystone table, attendees sit along both longer sides and at the narrow end or head of the table. The wide end is reserved for a videoconference monitor. Because the angle flares out toward the monitor, all people seated along the sides can see and be seen.
Conference tables come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. There are also U-shaped tables, ovals, and just about any other style that you can imagine. Each has its pros and cons, so no table is better or worse than another.
When it comes to cost, materials and dimensions play a bigger role than the shape. You’ll naturally pay more for a mahogany rectangle that seats 30 than you would for a square that seats 12. But with the variety at Cubiture, including new, used, refurbished, and custom-built models, selection is never a problem.
If you’re trying to decide which is the right style and size for your conference room, our professional staff can assist. Using your criteria, we’ll show you which tables are best for the way you do business. Give us a call today at 713-412-0900 for a free quote, and learn about all of the ways that Cubiture can meet your conference room furniture needs.