The moment you walk into the conference room, it’s clear that the table takes center stage. It’s the star. And just like stars in Hollywood change with different eras, a modern conference table captures the essence of what its audience wants.
A table isn’t just a table, although technically any flat surface could stand in. Today, shapes aren’t just for aesthetics. They’re part of a table’s overall function. Materials aren’t just for style. They can convey the values of the company. Features are much more than just decorative additions. They can help your conference room work better.
That’s a lot of responsibility to put on one piece of furniture. But thankfully there are plenty of options up to the task.
Table Shapes Help Facilitate Different Goals
A modern conference room might be more than a place to host formal meetings in the most traditional sense. Teleconferencing is an everyday thing, and the shape of your table can help make the experience better for everyone in your room and the one on the other side of the screen.
Certain designs, such as the V or Delta are wider at one end, which gives everyone a better view without leaning or stretching. A U-shaped table performs in a similar way, and may seat more people than the other two options.
In some offices, collaboration and brainstorming are more common than communicating with another office. Rounded and square styles help communication flow better than the more traditional rectangle where there’s a defined head of the table.
Table Materials Can Reflect Your Company’s Mission
The classic conference table is gleaming hardwood, and that’s still a beautiful option. You can also mix materials for a blend of wood with accents such as metal, glass or colorful laminates that enhance your company brand.
Many businesses are rightfully concerned about the environment. And in response, recycled and recyclable materials such as glass and certain plastics, make a smart and attractive choice. Both glass and plastics can create a modern look that enhances your company culture.
The heft of a traditional conference table is also being turned on its ear. Some modern examples are sleek, streamlined, and created with the trending minimalist decor theme in mind. Many of these tables are reminiscent of mid-century modern interior decor.
Table Features Improve Modern Office Function
If one thing has made a fundamental change in nearly every aspect of business, it has to be the prevalence of high tech office equipment. Everyone has a smart phone, and phone calls are only a fraction of what they’re used for. Everyone has a portable computer, whether it’s a tablet or laptop. Technology is everywhere, and the modern conference table helps your office use it better.
Extension cords are obsolete with a conference table that has built-in ports for electronic devices. Some tables feature data, HDMI, and USB ports so that every tech need is at hand instead of across the room.
These features don’t necessarily clutter up the table, either. Recessed panels and hidden doors can open to reveal the features when they’re in use, and then close again once the conference is over.
A great modern conference room table might look similar to the ones from years past, but it’s smarter, cleaner, and has more to offer than its ancestors. Whether your business needs a small table for general collaboration or an expansive one for stakeholder meetings, there’s something available for you. And Cubicles & Office Furniture By Cubiture.com can help you find it.
If you’re in the market for a new conference table, give us a call at 713-412-0900 for a free quote. You can also visit us at our showroom at 10704 Telge Rd, Houston, TX 77095.