Monday, March 30, 2015

Use These 6 Design Tips To Avoid A Boardroom Blunder!

Boardroom Makeover Tips
There's not much worse than a botched boardroom makeover project! That being said, creating a new boardroom for your business can be a fun and rewarding process. By following the 6 simple tips and ticks highlighted in today's post, you'll be equipped to avoid a boardroom blunder and design the perfect meeting area for your business.

1.) Measure, Plan, Execute

You'll wan't to kick your boardroom makeover off with a simple 3 step process. Start by measuring your space effectively and take notes of entry ways, power outlets, and windows. With dimensions in hand, plan your layout accordingly. Sketch out a few ideas of what you feel will work best for your space. During the planning stage, create a list of tasks that will need to be completed during the makeover process. Check out our example below!

  • Shop and Purchase Furniture & Seating
  • Select An Installation Service
  • Schedule Delivery
  • Prep Space (Removal of Old Furniture, Painting, Etc.)
  • Installation

Now it's time to start executing. Follow your to-do list and check items off one by one. By following your plan, you'll be far less likely to veer of course and fall prey to a boardroom blunder!

2.) Provide Elbow Room

The "how many chairs will fit around my conference table" question is asked pretty regularly in the office furniture world. On average, you'll want to provide about 3 feet of table space for each visitor you wish to accommodate. So this means that on a standard 10 ft. conference table you'll be able to sit 3 guests per side. You can also add a chair on each end of the table if you need more seating. To maximize the elbow room for your boardroom visitors, you'll want to select sleek conference room chairs for your business. Bulky chairs will minimize the seating potential of your space, thus making your room feel more crowded. Consider ribbed back chairs like the 11730B from Offices To Go and the 9826M from Flash Furniture.

3.) Storage Is A Must

Adding a simple wall cabinet to your boardroom will provide you with much needed storage. At first, you'll probably be thinking that storage is not that important in the conference room. But trust us, it really comes in handy! As you'll want to present a clean and well organized boardroom environment, having a place to store stationary and presentation materials is a must. Using wall cabinets that match your boardroom table will also accent your space and enhance visual appeal.

4.) Powered Tables Are The Way To Go

When selecting a boardroom table for your space, shop for models available with power options! In 2015, brands like Global Total Office and Mayline are the premier brands to consider for high tech boardroom tables that won't break your budget. Global's Zira tables can be outfitted with plug and play power modules with input options that include HDMI, Audio, Phone, and USB inputs. Mayline's new Medina tables can be enhanced with affordable modules that will allow you to add power to your boardroom without costing you a fortune. The days of running extension cords across the boardroom to plug in laptops and show presentations are over. If you want to create a truly professional meeting environments, you'll need a table with power. The additional investment required when purchasing your table will pay for itself with streamlined meeting efficiency and improved functionality.

5.) Provide Visual Aids

Showing is knowing! Simply explaining the important points of your boardroom presentations won't cut it these days. Visitors are far more likely to retain the info provided during your meetings if they see it as well as hear it. Incorporate a dry erase presentation board or even a Smart TV to your space. You'll be glad you did!

6.) The Difference Is In The Details

Any designer will tell you that the little details tend to make the biggest differences. While a fancy table, comfy chairs, storage, and visual aids will all help your space, if you truly want to take your boardroom to the next level, accents are a must. Consider paining your space before your furniture arrives to add a splash of color. You can also add an area rug under your table or enhanced appeal. Incorporate wall art or business accolades to showcase your boardroom even further. A snack and beverage cart is a nice addition that your guests will surely appreciate. If the budget is tight, consider adding a few minor accents at the time of your project, and then enhance your space further as needed.

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