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Conference Tables: how to choose the right sizes.

Ready to upgrade your conference table? We show you how to choose a table that provides ample workspace for each user, and fits confortably in your conference room.

There are three things to consider when picking out a conference table:

How large is your conference room?
How many people does your table need to seat?
How is the table shaped? 

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Conference Table Sizing Step 1: measure your conference room.

The most important factor when choosing a conference table based on room size is clearance space, or the amount of space between each table side and the nearest obstruction.

Room Length: Up to 16 ft.
Minimum Clearace Space: 3.5 ft. on each side.
Room Length: 16 - 22 ft.
Minimum Clearance Space: 4 ft. on each side.
Room Length: Over 22 ft.
Minimum Clearance Space  5 ft. on each side

Conference Table Sizing Step 2: estimate the number of users.

Sizing your conference table based on the number of users is the best way to ensure a proper fit. A good rule of thumb is to allot 30" of table space to each user in standard conference rooms, and 36" in board rooms. Multiply the allocated table space by the number of users to find out the minimum size you need. For example, a four-person table needs to have a perimeter of at least 120" (30" x 4 users). 

Conference Table Sizing Step 3: choose a table shape.

Choosing a conference table shape is the last step in sizing your table. The best shape for your conference table depends on how many people you need to seat, and how large a table you can accomadate. Use the simple equations below to pick a table shape, and remember to measure in feet. 

Round Conference Tables

Round Tables
diameter = users
Example: 3' Dia = 3 users

Recommended Round Conference Tables

36" Iceberg OfficeWorks™ Round Table Tops with Radius Edge

OfficeWorks™ 36" Round Table Top
Table Base
Seats: 2-3 Users

10500 Series Round Table Top, 48" Diameter, Mahogany by HON®

HON® 10500 Series 48" Round Table Top
Table Base
Seats: 4 Users

Rectangular Conference Tables

(length+width)/1.25 = users
Example: (6' L + 3' W)/1.25 = 7 users

Recommended Rectangular Conference Tables

Iceberg OfficeWorks™ 60" Teaming Table Top

OfficeWorks™ 60" Table Top
Table Legs

Seats: 3-4 Users

Huddle Multipurpose Rectangular Top, 72"

HON Huddle Multipurpose Rectangular Top, 72"
Table Legs
Seats: 5-7 Users

Boat Conference Tables

Boat Tables
(length+width)/1.25 = users
Example: (6' L + 3' W)/1.25 = 7 users

Recommended Boat-Shaped Conference Tables

Linea Italia® Trento Line Conference
Linea Italia® 60" Table

Seats: 5-7

Mayline® Corsica® Series Conference Table Top
Mayline® 96" Table Top
Table Legs

Seats: 5-7 Users

Racetrack Office Tables

Racetrack Tables
(length+width)/1.08 = users
Example: 8' L + 4' W = 11 users

Recommended Racetrack Conference Tables

Alera® Valencia Series 72" Racetrack Table Top

Alera® 72" Table Top
Table Legs
Seats: 8 users

Alera® Verona Series 96" Racetrack Conference Table Top with Modesty Panel

Alera® 96" Table Top
Table Legs

Seats: 9-11 Users

Need a larger conference table?

Got a big room to fill and a lot of people to seat? Want to provide each user more workspace? You can create larger conference tables by grouping modular table pieces. Just remember that large tables require a minimum of 5 ft. clearance on each side.

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