I thought I would write a guide to choosing a meeting table suitable
for your needs. This guide is meant for large one/two piece tables that are permanently
sited in your meeting area.
Getting the right size and suitable shape table to suit your
available space can be a minefield. If possible, get advice from your furniture
supplier. We offer a free of charge service, where we come out to your premises
and measure up your meeting space and discuss the option available for you to choose
It is worth considering what people will bring to the table -
will they bring laptops and various books, plans etc. or will they bring a pad,
pen and a cup of coffee? Will your meetings be formal with clients or would
people be ok with sitting close to each other. We recently had a client
purchase a smaller table so that he could get better interaction between his
staff. As a rough guide, allow each person 700mm width of personal space at the
table. For example a 2 metre long table will seat 6-8 people. A 2.4 metre table
will take 8-10 people. You will also have to allow 900mm around the table to
give people enough room to move away from the table with ease.
The old favourite is rectangular but this has been overtaken
by 'Double-D-End' which has a semi-circle at each end with two long sides.
Elliptical or Oval is also becoming popular along with Barrel shaped (when
looking from above).
Does your table need to match other items in your offices or
is it in a space on its own? What sort of business are you and what impression
are you trying to give to any visitors? Are you a traditional business (e.g.
lawyers, accountants etc.)? In this case a classic design in veneer should give
the right impression. Are you a design-led business (e.g. architects, designers
etc.)? Maybe you can make a statement with the table top in a daring colour
with stylish leg frames in white or chrome. Our bestselling finishes are still
oak, beech and maple mfc.
Power? Are power
and data sockets required to laptops, phones and projectors? Also consider
cable management provision.
Storage to match?
Do you require cupboards to store tea and coffee cups and other items to keep
your meeting space clutter free?
Remember that your meeting room may be the only room in your
organisation that your clients see so you need to give them the best impression
that you possibly can of your business.