Conference Room Furniture
The right furniture can help make meetings more efficient. Office Gallery offers a full range of conference room and boardroom furniture, including tables, chairs, presentation systems, whiteboards, and more.
Of course, not all conference rooms are alike. We will measure your conference room to better understand the space in which we have to work, as well as talk with you to determine your goals and specifications. We carry a range of lines and products that can help us customize your conference room to meet your unique meeting-space needs and best represent your organization.
Why You Need the Right Furniture for Your Conference Room
The size of the conference table will depend on the size of your conference room and how many, ideally, you’d like to seat at the table. Based on this, you’ll then want to consider the dimensions and ensure that they allow for easy navigating around the table and enough sitting space for all. The thickness of the table is another detail to keep in mind. Usually, conference tables are somewhere between one and two inches thick – the bigger the table, the thicker it should be, which will also make it look more substantial.
In conjunction with determining the size of the table is determining its shape. While an oval shape is most traditional, many other options exist, including round, arcing, rectangular or square.
Don’t forget to think about the base of the table, or what the legs of the table look like. The length of the table will determine how many base systems are needed, and these can be selected either to match the table or with a finish that features a contrasting look. Metal offers a more contemporary look, and sizes of the base system can be either understated or big and bold.
A quick note about the surface of the table – inspired by the trend started by Chip and Joanna Gaines, reclaimed wood tables are all the rage, but many organizations experience sticker shock when they start to price them. Thanks to innovations in technology and design, there are a couple of laminate products that look just like reclaimed wood, but are available at about one-third the price.
Once those factors are determined, it’s time to consider what is needed in terms of A/V equipment and how it will be powered. Data power modules, customized to offer any combination of data, power, USB, and HDMI outlets, can be built into a table and powered through an outlet either in the floor or the wall. Connect Track is a great product that fits in between the underneath seam of flooring, which can get power to the table from the wall without any tripping hazards caused by stray cords.
Once the table is considered, it’s time to think about the chairs that will go around the table. The average length of your conference room meetings will help determine how much support you need in your chairs. Also, you’ll want your chairs to be comfortable, but not too comfortable – after all, you don’t want people to hang out all day!
Most people choose a heavy-duty urethane arm for their chairs – this is the most durable choice and can handle scratches that can come from bumping into the table. Brushed metal arms provide an updated look, but can more easily scratch with use. Likewise, leather chairs offer a traditional look but can easily get chewed up by the edges of a conference table.
Training chairs are another option depending on use of the room. The seats on these chairs flip up and nest, allowing for various options based on needs.
- Southern tobacco
- Sand dune
- White ash
- Stone gray
- Black powder coated legs
- Brushed silver legs
Finally, it’s important to think about any other furniture that might be required to improve the overall function of the room. For example, is it likely you’ll hold working lunches? If so, adding a credenza to provide a serving station may make sense, and would also allow for a caterer to come into the room without disrupting the meeting in progress. Does the room need a screen? Usually those are situated at the far end of the conference room. Training tables that can be pulled apart or brought together might also make more sense in some situations, creating a more versatile space.
Dry-erase boards seem like a conference room staple, and for good reason as they provide an opportunity to better visualize the outcomes from brainstorming and collaboration. As you plan your conference room, think about whether you need a dry-erase board, and if so, where it should be placed. Dry-erase paint is now also an option, allowing an area of a wall to be transformed into a dry-erase area.
Glass boards are another option to consider. Typically glass boards are easier to clean than the dry-erase boards, and they can be mounted offset on metal to provide an updated look.
As mentioned earlier, conference tables can easily provide power to any technological devices needed for your conference room. But once the A/V equipment is purchased and power is added to the table, the associated costs could run upwards of around $10,000. For about the same money, TecSlate provides similar functions but offers flexibility as the unit can move from space to space, going from the board room to open collaborative spaces with ease – just roll out and plug in. To see one up close and in action, feel free to come by our showroom!
Which conference room tables are most popular?
Recently we’ve seen our clients selecting simple rectangular tables on angled metal legs. The clean lines are appealing and updated. We can design any size table in over 40 different finishes and multiple support leg options.
What types of shapes are common for office desks?
The L Shaped desk is the most common with the main desk at 72” x 30” and a return at 42” x 24” creating a 6’ x 6’ station. Next common is a would be 60” x 30” straight desk on an electric sit- to- stand base.
Which conference room table styles are the cheapest?
Laminate surface with a straight slab base at 12’ in length is less than $2,000.
Can a conference room table work as a dining table?
Yes and vice versa. Our Fairfield live edge tables are often used in conference rooms although they are dining room tables.
Are there detachable conference room tables for breakfast sessions?
Yes. We call these training tables. They come in many sizes and, finishes and there are a selection of bases that include mobile, flip- top nesting and simple post legs. These are configurable and can be joined to create one big table.
How important are drawers and storage?
Ask yourself if you’re a piler or a filer. A piler needs lots of desk top real estate to spread out and a filer prefers their work is neatly filed in drawers. Are you a paperless company? Then maybe just a pencil drawer for basic office supplies, charges, etc.
How much space do I have for desks?
We are space planning experts and we love a challenge. You let us know what you need and we’ll help design the desk that fits in your space.
What is the functionality of my room?
Whether interest is in a collaboration space, conference room, reception or private office, we interview each of our clients to ensure that each space meets their needs, is functional and beautiful.
How durable does my office desk need to be?
We sell only commercial-grade office furniture. This isn’t a purchase you make every day so why not get it right the first time!?. The majority of our products are scratch- resistant and very durable – meant to last for years to come.
What lighting situation do I have in my room?
We always consider the placement of your desk in relation to the light in the space. We think about solar glare, under counter lighting and desk top lighting to come up with the best workspace solution that works.
How much work surface do I need on my desk?
We discuss with our clients how they work and what equipment they have to determine the best size desk that will comfortably fit in their unique space.
What is the standard size of an office desk?
Standard lengths are 48”, 60”, 66” and 72”. Standard widths are 24”, 30” and 36”.
How do I plan office space?
We do it all for you with our Project Matrix software program. After we meet to discuss your needs, how you and your team work, your budget and your style, we create a design presentation that is unique to you. Leave it to us!
What features does every office space need?
Every business, every office is unique. When we meet our clients we ask lots of questions to gather a picture of what their needs are. Do you need a large worksurface? How much filing do you need? Do you need open bookcase storage or closed door storage?, etc. From there, we make our expert recommendations within your budget and with your design style in mind.
Does office space planning differ by industry?
Yes. We are work with all types of businesses. Whether medical, educational, professional or home office, each space is unique. We space plan each space based on our clients’ specific needs, i.e., how they work.
We can help you create an amazing space.