Whether your training room is small or large, the proper layout of furniture can make all the difference when it comes to the productivity of everyone using the space. The training room layout you choose for your business should largely 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 it should allow for easy open discussion between individuals and the instructor. Ensure that everyone in the room can leave their seat at any time without disturbing the rest of the class. Make sure that furniture is spaced out enough so that the individual and his or her chair will not be touching any furniture or people around them. However, seat individuals close enough together so that they feel a sense of togetherness so that they may all feel comfortable asking questions of their neighbors.
The two most common layouts for training rooms are classroom style and conference style.
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. Not only will this allow for a comfortable traffic flow when class ends, but 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 2 side aisles. This allows for a large aisle and helps to save space in a small training room. Amy also recommends leaving at least 5 feet of space in the front of the room so that the presenter has plenty of room to work in.
The other 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 space’s open center. While the classroom style arrangement is best for lecture-based classes, the conference style works better for classes that emphasize group discussion. The collaborative design allows participants to see and hear one another easily, making the flow of conversation effortless.
Of course, if your training room uses a mixture of lectures and group discussions, you can still get the best of both worlds. Mobile and modular training room chairs and tables make rearranging your space in either of these configurations a breeze! Nesting furniture is even easier to work with since it allows you to move multiple tables and chairs together at one time.
If you need help determining the best solution for your space, take advantage of our free design services, which include detailed line drawings such as the following so that you can expertly plan out your space.