Flexible meeting tables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Choosing the table range starts with a basic outline of the ways a table system is to be used. Rooms that are true multi-purpose use from meetings to catered events differ from rooms that are only used in various meeting layouts. Spaces that are reconfigured weekly or daily have different demands compared to occasional alteration. Flexible meeting tables offer advantages depending upon the space and its use.
If the tables are reconfigured once in a while, say once a month, lightweight systems aren’t critical. Flip top meeting tables are the easiest to fold and move, but generally are the most shake and wobble prone. Or course the best flip top tables will be more rigid and stable but with a cost implication. When folded, flip-top systems can look unsightly, and take up a fair amount of space due to the width of the table base. Choose flip-top meeting tables when practicality is most important, and the ‘quality’ of the table is low down the list. Internal meeting rooms are the typical location. Table links help to overcome the wobble. Watch out for tables with legs close to the end of the top…it makes for an uncomfortable sitting position.
Folding meeting tables range from lightweight to chunky, and generally require two people to fold and pack away. Folding tables have legs that hinge completely flat against the top. Meeting rooms that need to be completely cleared benefit from folding tables. Meeting rooms using folding tables generally have a side room to store the folded tables on a trolley. Its common for folding meeting tables to suffer the most damage over time. Manual handling regulations have meant that folding leg tables are rarely sold these days.
Collapsible tables have removable legs that detach from the top. Better ranges don’t need tools for this. The main advantage of these systems is the option to reconfigure into different layouts without a forest of leg frames. Collapsible systems are typically moved by a maintenance team. Conference rooms benefit from collapsible tables where the bookings will make use of every table layout option.
Sectional tables offer a very robust meeting table system that can be easily reconfigured, but don’t allow a room to be easily cleared. As the tables have fixed legs they’re not designed to be stored away. Where sectional meeting tables work well is in conference venues that are always used as meeting rooms. The design with a leg at each corner of a section is good for sitting positions with leg space being unhindered. Sectional conference tables often look much like a high end static conference table. Set up time for sectional tables is quick and the sections can be lighter in weight than expected.
At the top end are systems using folding leaves supported by fixed centre sections. These can be the most impressive and solid with costs at the top of the scale. These systems are also called folding, but are usually titled ‘folding boardroom tables‘ to denote the superior quality and appearance. Folding-leaf tables are generally not quite as versatile as other systems, but offer by far the best solution if a boardroom appearance is needed. Cable routes for power and data outlets are integral in these meeting tables. Typically a folding-leaf boardroom table will be wider than a flip top table module. Folding and moving is a one-person operation and is relatively easy.
Once the preferred table system is chosen, space planning is the next step to work out the ideal module sizes. Every type of flexible conference table can be produced in different sizes. Working these out for the room size, layouts and number of people to be seated is key to getting the table system designed for your needs.
Last on the list of practical criteria is the cable management format. If tables need connection to power, data and audio visual hardware, the cable routes within a table, the ease of disconnection at floor level and connection at table top, are all aspects that can be fine-tuned to adapt the tables to the users.
Finally select the finish. Entry level tables use MFC finishes. Next come veneered or laminate options, with the boardroom level systems offering solid profiled timber edges, inlays and concealed cable access doors. Most tables have the option for modesty panels if needed. Some systems offer table edges that have a soft impact insert to protect them when moving. Most systems will offer linking devices to join and level the modules.
Choose the type of system based on the way you’ll use the room(s).
Space planning will calculate the best table module sizes for your room size(s), table layouts and seating numbers.
Cable management considerations should be identified.
Finish and appearance can be chosen.
Specify any options such as linking and impact edges.
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