Almost every office needs a conference table—a hub for bright, new ideas and a space to facilitate a meeting of the minds. Some of the best ideas form around conference tables, but purchasing this piece of furniture is no small task. You must consider several factors before choosing a meeting table for your conference room, and we’re breaking down everything you need to know.
Round conference tables are compact options, which makes them perfect for small meeting rooms and tight spaces such as private offices and casual common areas.
Square conference tables are also ideal for smaller meeting areas but provide a little more work surface than round tables. Depending on the style of the table legs, multiple square tables may be pushed up against one another to create larger, rectangular conference tables, such as that found in our NBF Signature Series Horizons collection.
Rectangular conference tables are best for larger, formal conference rooms and are available in a wide range of sizes to suit the dimensions of your meeting space.
Racetrack conference tables are similar to rectangular options, but they are rounded on each end to provide greater seating capacity and easier movement.
Boat-Shaped conference tables are designed to provide clear sight lines for all meeting participants. With a wider middle, this type of table makes presentations easy for everyone to see without needing to strain to look around someone’s head.
If you hope to accommodate a certain number of people around your table, keep this general rule in mind: The length of the table measured in feet is also the number of people the table can accommodate. For example, a 6-foot-long table can accommodate 6 people, and a 20-foot-long table can accommodate 20 people. There are some exceptions to this rule, so be sure to consult an expert if you’re unsure. Read our guide to conference room seating to determine what type of chairs will work best in your meeting space.
The size of your room will be a limiting factor when selecting your new table. As a general rule, allow at least 3 feet of space around the table’s perimeter to serve as a safe and comfortable walkway.
For example, if you have a 12’ x 12’ room, subtracting a 3-foot walkway around the room gives you a 6’ x 6’ table if there is no other furniture in the room. If you have furniture such as bookcases and storage cabinets along the walls of your conference room, be sure you’re measuring that 3-foot-wide walkway from the table to the nearest piece of furniture, not from the table to the wall.
Standing height and adjustable height conference tables allow you to take a stand for your health. These options bring more flexibility into the conference room and also provide the opportunity to incorporate more movement into everyone’s work day.
Modern conference tables are simple and sleek. They create a polished look that comes from straight, clean lines and the idea that less is more. A modern conference room is often desirable for companies focused on innovation and the cutting edge.
Transitional conference tables are varied and versatile. This style is a happy medium, providing a tasteful combination of modern and traditional that is ideal for almost any office.
Traditional style conference tables are tried and true. Tables in this timeless style include crown molding, picture frame details, and other elegant touches. Traditional conference furniture can help create an environment of formality that’s often desired in professional settings.