Not that long ago boardroom tables were large and imposing, often made of a dark wood or wood veneer, with equally austere looking black leather armchairs, usually with a dark wood frame. The boardroom was an “executive only “ area, exclusively for the use of the very top level of the corporate management, in much the same way as executive washrooms in the old days.
But nowadays, most business cannot afford to have an expensive room for the sole use of the top level executives and board members, and don’t feel the need to have to impress their clients or contemporaries to this level, as before.
Boardrooms have in many ways been replaced by multifunction meeting rooms, which can offer a wider range of staff a wider range of possibilities. Multifunctional furniture can allow even the smallest person in the office, to reconfigure the meeting room into many things. A staff training room, a lecture room, examination room, function room, and presentation room are just some examples of the many uses to which these room can be put.
By using flip top tables and stacking meeting chairs, the furniture can be packed away into a small space, leaving just a few tables out for the client buffet. These tables can then be brought out again, swung into action and locked in place for that big staff meeting.
These individual meeting tables may seem expensive but the variety of uses they can offer means that there are extremely good value, in terms of cost and in terms of the variety of uses to which they can be put.
The maxim nowadays seems to be to plan your office space for what you will need for 90% of the time. So if you only have two meeting a year for 40 persons, don’t allocate the space and furniture budget for a meeting room which will accommodate this many people.
Instead make the meeting rooms big enough for your normal size of meeting, and then you may be able to have two meeting rooms of different sizes. When the day arrives when you need that big meeting room, then think about renting the space in a conference centre or similar.
Another approach, if you have the space and budget, is to use a quality room divider wall, so that when the odd occasion arises for that big meeting, you can just unlock the wall and move it out of the way, and reconfigure the two meeting rooms into one large one.
Your starting point should always be what you need most of the time. We can then work from there to arrive at a proposal which gives you what you want nearly all of the time, and is flexible enough to even help you out for those infrequent requirements