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. There are several common training room layouts, and the one that 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 that 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 as well. Be sure to also ensure that everyone in the room is able to leave his or her seat at any given moment 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. That being said, here are the two most common layouts for training rooms today:
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 from each other. Not only will this allow for a comfortable traffic flow when the class is dismissed, but fire code requires that walkways be at least 3 feet wide for safety purposes in an emergency situation. 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 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 second most common type of training room layout is the conference style, which can be in a circular, square or rectangular arrangement. In this arrangement, all training session participants are facing 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.
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 move multiple tables and chairs together at one time. Need help designing your training room? Call our furniture experts today at (800) 558-1010 and 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.