DATE: 07/18/2017

Choosing a new conference table can be a source of tremendous stress. After all, a conference table is a major investment for many companies. If you happen to make the wrong choice, it could impact your staff, management, and general work output. How do you know which standing conference table is the right one for you? Here are a few factors to consider:

  • Size. Starting with size makes sense, since the size of the standing conference table you choose will most likely be determined by the size of your conference room. As a general rule, consider how many people will typically be around the table, and then plan for roughly 1/3 more.
  • Shape. This is where things start to get tricky. A round standing conference table is a great place for a few people to congregate briefly. However, a comparably sized square table can provide a bit more workspace, and might be a better option for longer meetings or meetings in which everyone is taking notes. Long rectangular or "racetrack" shapes are less common for standing conference tables, but may work for you depending on your circumstances. If you’re not quite sure what you need, we recommend speaking with a CBI Group office design planner.
  • Traditional vs. Modern. Whether you go for a traditional conference table or something with cleaner, more modern lines and materials can be a matter of taste. The standing conference table you select should match your existing furniture and layout, as well as your general office culture. A law firm might need a formidable, heavy wooden conference table, whereas a web startup or clothing design company might go with a sleek and streamlined glass top.
  • Budget concerns. Remember, a standing conference table is an investment in your business. By making the best choice possible, you ensure that you won't need to upgrade your conference space for a long time to come. That's why it's important to be savvy about your choices. The last thing you want is a large piece of furniture you regret.

Before you select a new standing conference table for your company, why not visit the CBI Group's furniture showroom? Seeing your options in person can go a long way toward helping you find exactly what you want.