Conference tables have a lot to do. Not only should they be sturdy, but they are also a reflection on your company as the centerpiece to the first room your clients or potential clients see. Is your table unique or elegant? Is it a solidly built, good-looking workhorse, or is it tired and sagging? What do you want people to think when they walk in? Here are some things to consider if it’s time to replace your conference table.
Signs You Should Replace Your Conference Table
When compared to your everyday work desk, conference tables are used less often and exposed to less damage. As a result, it’s natural to expect them to last longer than most other furniture. And they do, often outlasting trends in decorating, and sometimes becoming an obvious dinosaur.
If your table is so old you can guess the era it was made, it might be time for replacement, and injecting a new, fresh look could energize your office staff.
If you need to fit more people at the table, getting a new conference table would be a good investment. After all, setting up TV trays around the perimeter probably doesn’t send the message you want, and it’s more than distracting.
If your table is not tech savvy, then a new table should probably be in your future. Adding all the wiring and connections needed for video conferencing and other devices can be done much more easily when building a new table, than trying to retrofit an old one.
If you are changing the theme or décor in your conference room, then you should take a good close look at the desk. Ask if it fits all the people needed. Check to see that modern technology is supported by the table, with all the wiring and connections in place.
Consider Your Meeting Room Strategy
Today’s meeting room trend is to have different types of meeting rooms, for different needs. Focus rooms are good for one-on-one discussions, conference calls, private calls, and creative activities. Huddle rooms are great for groups of three or four, for brainstorming, video conferencing or using a whiteboard. And small meeting rooms are perfect for more formal meetings with a small number of attendees, while their larger counterpart is not only for large meetings but often for meetings with clients or other visitors.
What do they all have in common? Tables (and chairs, too). When looking at tables, consider the use, the space, and the size. Often, the best use of size and space lends itself perfectly to a custom-built table. Those tables can be one piece, can break apart for more than one use, and can be designed according to your vision and needs.
Different Shapes, Materials
There are a lot of options when designing a custom table, and the experts at Wehrli Furniture will walk you through the process, step-by-step. As they learn more about the table you need in terms of space and functionality, they will start asking you about the type of materials you want to use.
For instance, do you want a live edge table or one made from marble? Do you want a boat-shaped table or a rectangular one? Do you want it to divide into sections, or have some seats that can be converted to standing?
Whichever choices you make, a custom-designed and handcrafted table will fit all your needs perfectly.
Add Conference Space Outdoors
Maybe you don’t need an update, you really need more space. Have you thought about expanding outdoors? Companies today are adding outdoor conference space with covered patios and rooftop gardens.