1.) Measuring Mistakes
To kick your boardroom remodeling project off on the right foot, you'll need to properly measure your space. Many designers and industry professionals will tell you that the time spent accomplishing this step is the most important of your whole project.
Space Planning 101:
- Don't rely on old blue prints and visual estimations.
- Take note of entry ways, windows, power outlets, and load bearing members that will affect the way your furniture fits.
- Always double check your measurements. Then have a coworker check them for accuracy.
- Take your time and don't rush the essential space planning process.
2.) Poor Spacing
You'll no doubt want your boardroom guests to feel comfortable and well accommodated when attending important meetings. To accomplish this, you must make proper spacing a top makeover goal. On average, you'll want to provide each guest with about 3' of table space. This means, on a 12' long boardroom table you'll be able to seat 4 guests comfortably on each side without overcrowding.
Avoid clunky, overstuffed, bulky chairs for your project. Instead, focus on selecting sleek, European style leather boardroom seating that will help you maximize table space and elbow room. Chairs like the Joplin from Woodstock Marketing and 11734B from Offices To Go are excellent options.
3.) Limited Storage
Don't create a boardroom that can't operate properly due to a lack of storage space. To function effectively, you'll need your corporate meeting area to be well organized. While you won't need a ton of storage space, be sure to account for at least one low wall cabinet when plotting out your interior. Typical conference room wall cabinets measure 72"W x 36"D. If you forget to account for the addition of a cabinet and purchase a table that's too large based on the assumption that it's all you'll need, you'll find your business dealing with an inadequate operating space that limits productivity. A little storage goes a long way!
Purchase your boardroom furnishings from a full service collection. This will ensure you can select a cabinet to match your table and boost appeal. Popular boardroom collections like Medina from Mayline and Zira from Global Total Office are excellent options.
4.) Minimal Walkway
If your guests have to turn sideways to walk around your boardroom table, it's a problem. When selecting your table, make sure you choose a model that will leave your interior with a 3' perimeter for guests to move around comfortably. Avoid selecting a new boardroom table that's too long or wide and restricts movements. This will make your meeting area feel cramped and poorly designed. In the end, it all comes back to proper boardroom space planning and measuring!
5.) Installation Accidents
Boardroom tables are heavy! Don't get sucked into the idea that you can handle the assembly and installation process all by yourself. Once you've ordered your table, stay on top of tracking information by contacting your dealer. With an estimated delivery date, you'll be able to schedule a few helpers. Most boardroom remodeling projects should be tackled with 4 total people. Avoid an installation accident and assembly headache by having basic tools, a first aid kit, and the instructions on hand.