How to Set Up a Productive Training Room

Whether your training room is small or large, the proper furniture layout can make all the difference in the productivity of everyone using the space. There are several common training room layouts, and the one that you choose for your business should depend on how many people you need to accommodate and what style of learning will be taking place. 

Remember, the seating arrangement you choose should make it easy for everyone in the room to clearly see and hear the instructor and allow for easy discussion between individuals and the instructor. Ensure everyone in the room can leave their seat anytime without disturbing the rest of the class. Space out furniture so that individuals and their chairs aren’t touching any furniture or people around them. However, seat individuals close enough to feel a sense of togetherness that allows them to feel comfortable asking their neighbors questions. The 2 most common training room layouts address all these needs. 


In this style, training tables and chairs are set up in rows facing the front of the room where the speaker will be presenting. This layout is ideal for training sessions that need to house a large number of people for lecture-based learning. 

Be sure to space rows of tables about 3 feet apart. This arrangement allows comfortable traffic flow when the class is dismissed, and fire code requires that walkways be at least 3 feet wide for safety purposes in an emergency. NBF Commercial Interiors Support Division Manager Amy Buck-Conrad recommends incorporating a center aisle rather than two side aisles. This allows for a large aisle and saves space in a small training room. Amy also recommends leaving at least 5 feet of space in the front of the room so the presenter has plenty of room to work in.


The second most common type of training room layout is the conference style, which can be circular, square, or rectangular. In this arrangement, all training session participants face the open center of the “circle.” 

While the classroom-style arrangement is best for lecture-based classes, the conference style works better for classes that are highly based on group discussion. The collaborative design allows participants to see and hear one another easily, making the flow of conversation more effortless.

Flexibility of Design

Of course, if your training room uses a mixture of lectures and group discussions, you can still get the best of both worlds. At National Business Furniture, we offer a huge selection of mobile and modular training room chairs and tables that make rearranging your space in either of these configurations a breeze. Nesting furniture is even easier to work with since it allows you to relocate multiple tables and chairs together.


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