Before You Begin
Mayline Sorrento Rectangular Conference Table with Curved Base
What Kind of Conference Table Do I Need?
A typical conference table is approximately 60 inches wide and 24 inches deep. Most manufacturers will offer the same style of table in varying widths, finishes and colors, allowing you to customize the conference table to your individual requirements. To give you an idea of how large the room needs to be to comfortably accommodate a conference table of a particular size, the following measurements listed below are for general reference purposes only.
Size/Seating Capacity Chart
Kathy Ireland by Martin Mount View Expandable Conference Table
What Kind of Conference Table Do I Need?
Rectangular conference tables are a functional and classic choice for the boardroom. Since the tabletop is a basic flat shape, the work surface is suitable for other applications such as meeting and training rooms. Some models can be joined together with ganging hardware to create a multi-segmented conference table that allows you to customize the table to the size of your conference room.
A boat shaped conference tables has convex sides, with slightly tapered ends and sometimes sport rounded corners. Because of the slight curve of the tabletop, they look elegant and stylish. If you intend to hold video conferences or other types of visual presentations, many manufacturers offer options such as a built-in cable management panel or power and/or communication modules.
Racetrack or oval conference tables are pleasing to the eye with their rounded edges and sleek lines. As with other styles of boardroom tables, many manufacturers will offer the same model of the Racetrack conference tables in a number of sizes and finishes, allowing you to find the one best suited to your meeting room.
Octagaonal conference tables tables are available in both round and rectangular shapes. A round octagonal conference table is ideal for smaller spaces as they are more compact. To make sitting more comfortable, when selecting a round octagonal table, choose a base that will ensure ample knee room. For larger boardrooms, select a rectangular octagonal conference table for significant visual impact.
A round or circular conference table is perfect for smaller boardrooms because it uses vertical rather than floor space. Round conference tables create a relaxed and inclusive feel to a meeting, while still providing plenty of room for everyone.
Mayline Aberdeen Boat Shaped Conference Table with Slab Base in Mocha
What Type of Conference Table Base Should I Select?
As the name suggests, the slab or panel base conference table is supported by at least two, one at each end, slabs or panels. This type of base gives the conference table balance and stability. Variations on the standard slab base are the curved slab base and the split curved slab base, in which the panel will have a groove running down the center of the slab.
A trestle base conference table is one with T-shaped uprights joined by a narrow base. The upright part of the trestle can be either a solid panel or a number of slats attached to the base. Depending on the style, it can bear the weight of the table at each end or run down the length of the center of the table.
A conference table with traditional legs can also be referred to as a post base style table. Posts may resemble standard table legs or thin cylinder pedestals.
Pedestal bases are available in a variety of shapes like square and drum/cylinder. They can be single, double or multiple, depending on the diameter or the length of the conference or meeting table. Pedestal bases tend to give the boardroom a more formal look and feel.
DMi Pimlico Laminate 10' Boat Shaped Conference Table with Column Base
What Kind of Material Should I Choose?
Engineered woods are made by gluing multiple wood fibers together using heat and pressure. The two most common types of engineered woods are particle board and medium density fiberboard or MDF. Medium density fiberboard is stronger than particle board and is more affordable than solid wood because it is made from recycled materials. When finished with laminates or veneers, MDF can look and feel like real wood and can be just as strong and durable as solid wood furnishings.
Laminates are a type of finish. Produced by pressing layers of materials like wood and plastic together, and then sealed with a thermosetting resin, they are formed into sheets. The sheet of laminate material is then applied to the surface of a conference table, usually made from an engineered wood of some type, such as MDF. Laminates are commonly used for conference room and office furniture because they are strong, durable, easy to care for and don’t fade.
Wood veneers are produced using a heat and pressure. Slices of real wood are adhered to the piece of furniture and are paper thin, anywhere from 1/100 to ¼ inch thick. This is a popular material for furniture construction because it can be applied to any smooth, flat surface, giving furniture pieces the texture and appearance of genuine solid woods, while keeping costs down.
Considered to be the most durable material for furniture, genuine wood furnishings are constructed from wood cut from the trunks of trees like mahogany, oak or maple. Because wood furniture is not made from recycled or processed materials, it is more expensive. The terms hardwood and softwood do not actually refer to the firmness or strength of the wood. Hardwood is from a deciduous, broad-leafed tree (one that loses its leaves) and softwood is from conifers or evergreens, such as pines, hemlocks or spruces. Since each piece of furniture is unique, it may be harder to match to additional pieces, even if it is produced by the same manufacturer.
Eurostyle Dana Oval Extension Table in Walnut
Office Space Planning
Once you have selected your table, how you position the rest of your meeting room furniture is important. In order to easily move around the conference table, allocate the approximate amount of space for the following:
What Style of Conference Table Should I Select?
Traditional furniture is characterized by medium to dark finishes and architectural detailing such as molding. Classic accents like inset panels and shell, leaf or scroll motifs are reflections of historical periods such as the Victorian era.
Transitional merges elements of both the traditional and contemporary styles. Lines and forms tend to be simple yet sophisticated, as demonstrated by the use of straight lines contrasted with tapered legs.
Contemporary style is known for its use of sleek lines and geometric shapes. It often mixes finishes and materials together to create visual interest. While fundamentally geometric, contemporary design is often tempered by curved lines or textured detailing.
Modern conference or meeting tables are distinguished by polished surfaces and angular forms. Features of the modern style are sharp contrasting lines and asymmetrical detail. The focus of this design style is on form and function. Metal, glass and acrylic are common construction materials.
Bestar Meeting Solutions 8' Boat Shaped Light Board Top Conference Table in Chocolate
What Else Should I Keep In Mind When Planning a Conference Room?