In this article I will discuss all the different points you need to take into consideration when deciding what kind of conference table you will need. Every person will be different, so one conference table will not fill all the needs. It is important to choose a conference table that is suitable for your needs, one that is well within in your price range and meets your requirements.

So let’s take a look at some of the things you may need to ask yourself when choosing a conference table.

Why Do I Need A Conference Table?

Conference tables are for boardrooms, basically to bring people together for a discussion or a meeting. You will need a conference table because they are designed for meetings and large discussions. The sole purpose of a conference table is to allow people to be seen and heard amongst others, everyone can communicate with someone else around the table. They are typically designed with someone at the top of the table, like a manager or a CEO, who everyone can see.

What Size Of A Table Do I Need?

If you haven’t already, you will need to decide on what your conference table will be mainly used for. If it will be used for large meeting between other companies and yourself, you may require a larger table. Or perhaps you need a conference table to host smaller in-house discussions, then obviously a smaller table will do the job. The most important aspect to consider, is how many people will be sitting at the table. I’ll give you a general estimate of how many people would be seated at which size of table.

  • 22-24 people – 288 inches width X 58 inches diameter
  • 12-14 people – 168 inches width X 58 inches diameter
  • 6-8 people – 96 inches width X 48 inches diameter
  • 4-6 people – 72 inches width X 48 inches diameter OR 60 inches width X 30 inches diameter

How Much Room Do I Have For A Table?

The conference room will be the main focus of the room, so you will need a table that isn’t too small or too big to fit in. If the dimensions of the room are not known then take measurements and find out the dimensions of a number of conference tables. The table should fit in proportionally with the room, it shouldn’t be too wide or too long. No matter how much room you have, you will always be able to find a conference table that will fit in.

What Shape Of Conference Table Do I Need?

There are a range of shapes and sizes do choose from when selecting a conference table. Let’s take a look at a couple of the different variations that are available:

  • Regular – A functional and classic shape, the table is a simple flat shape that makes it suitable for meetings or other training rooms.
  • Boat – An elegant and stylish shape, the table is a convex shape due to its slightly tapered ends that make it suitable for video conferences or other various presentations.
  • Round – A circular and simple shape, the table creates a relaxed and inclusive feel for everyone in the meeting, which makes it suitable for table meetings as everyone feels comfortable.

These are some of the most common table designs out there, but tables are in no way limited to these shapes and you can be sure to find any shape to fit your needs.

Other Factors To Consider When Choosing A Conference Table

There are a number of other aspects of the table that you should think about when selecting a suitable table. Such as the base of the table which comes in many designs, the material from which the table is made of, the style of table and even the chairs you will need. Spend sufficient time thinking about each before you make your decision.