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What To Look For When Buying A Conference Table

Jul 18, 2008
I find that are two areas that are the most important in an office the reception area and the conference room. There are many choices out there when it comes to conference tables. There are different shapes, sizes and finishes as well as different styles of bases that hold up the tables. The conference room has to be a special area. I find that make a statement with there conference room are more prevalent survive. In the following I want to discuss the process as well and things to watch for when buying a table.

The first step in buying any piece of furniture is to measure the space with a tap measure. One of the most common mistakes is counting tiles. This is not good because the tiles my have been cut down several inches or you may have additional creep of the holding rails in the ceiling. All this may reduce or add to a space and is at times deceiving. It takes several minutes but save a lot of time when looking for the right size of a table.

The second is to leave space for the chairs. On several occasions, I have had clients buy wonderful tables were too big and had no room for the chairs or a credenza. Typically, it is a good idea to leave 36" to 40" on the longer sides of the table and 42" to 48". If you want to add an end table or a credenza Just, add 20" to 24" for the depth. Some people will put tape down to make sure there is ample space to move.

The third is of course style and purpose. Most people like to follow the motif of the office. There are various opinions on this concept. I am of the school that disagrees. I think the table should be make its own statement and should not necessarily be to match the other furniture. Although matching the doors or any additional furniture is important. Purpose is the more important of the two. For example if you are a computer company and will have several laptops to present to your client having jacks is important.

Tables are of two finishes laminate or wood veneer. You do not see real-all wood tables any more. There are all pressboard tables and then veneer is placed or painted on the wood. There are different finishes to the laminate such as smooth, shiny, coarse and different edge details and thickness. To veneer there are less color options there a variety of finishes. Most people just look at the color and that is fine. The other is shape of the table. There are several common shapes.
Racetrack- which is in a shape of a horse racetrack.
Boat - This is parallel on the ends and bows out like a boat on the long sides.
Rectangle - This is a rectangle shape table.
Round - Round tables are usually smaller.

There are also base configurations. Such as
drum - completely round.
drum - half round.
Panel - strait and wide base.
V shaped - like the letter v.
X shape- like the letter X.
But I have seen hundreds of other table base designs such as free standing legs and there.

These are the basic rules which I following when recommending a table to a client. Budget is also an important aspect. There are some other things to watch for. The height of the table. Most bases are a standard height. Getting a thicker table may look like a better choice but if you have tall employees or clients this may reduce there comfort level. Finally, the time aspect. many people procrastinate buying a table and suddenly have that supper important meeting and have nothing in place. Many times the great tables are not in stock or a popular one goes out of stock.

Using these rules should help with the buying experience.

Paul Pinchuk
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