This conference room planning guide is offered as an efficient tool that can help you get started on the process of selecting and buying your conference room furniture. There are practical size & code requirements for fitting conference furniture into a room. The most important consideration is the size of your room because the conference table’s size, its shape, the size of the chairs and any ancillary storage credenzas, must be planned according to your room’s capacity. It is very important that the room does not appear cramped or crowded.
A rough guide for figuring out how many modern conference chairs will fit around your conference table: a 10’ conference table will seat 10 chairs, a 12’ table will seat 12 chairs, and so on. This is based on a chair size of 25”wide. However, not all table designs will fit into this formula. If you have a modular table which is comprised of free-standing pull-apart tables you’ll have more table legs than with one free-standing table. The table legs will often interfere with knee space and 10’ tables may now only accommodate 8 chairs. In addition, consideration must be given to clearance and walkway space that will meet building codes.
There are many shapes to choose from. Originally, the most standard traditional modern conference table shapes were the Rectangle and the Race Track. In the last seven or eight years modern shapes have become popular and the Boat Shape offers the best sightlines– every seat can view the presenter without interference. Even more unusual modern shapes are now available–which include the elongated boat , elliptical and elipse shapes, soft rectangulars and bowed-end rectangular shapes. Many of the more contemporary designs stick to the stark, crisp lines of the rectangle. V-shaped tables are designed for video conferencing. Round and square modern conference tables are generally used for small tables up to 60” and they can look stunning in large spaces–if you have the room.
Many people do not fully understand the requirements necessary for a great ergonomic desk chair. Often the overall style and “sexiness” of the chair trumps the functional importance of a truly ergonomic task chair because visually they are not always the most “cool” style of chairs on the market.