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Whether you’re hosting a corporate function at a hospitality venue, in your own office, or at an exhibition, getting the office furniture layout right will make or break the success of your event. There are so many things to consider:
Do you need to cater for presentations? Will there be workshops?
Will people want to hold mini-meetings?
How you arrange your function rooms will matter.
So what are your options?
Theatre style office furniture for corporate functions
Perhaps you have a keynote speaker coming to support an agenda of other presentations, or you’re doing a product launch. People are going to be listening rather than writing, and there’s going to be enough of them to warrant a theatre style set up. Space-saving reception style chairs can work well in this scenario. All facing to the front, with comfortable padding on the seat and a modern feel, you’ll have an attentive audience.
Tip: Don’t forget to break the layout up with aisles. It will mean fewer people are affected when someone has to leave the room etc.
Classroom style office furniture for a corporate function
Or perhaps your function will be a mix of presentations, note taking, and a bit of training. It’s possible a classroom style layout for your office furniture will work better. Chairs with plain tables, for people to write on, are both practical and a space-efficient solution
Of course, there can be many variations with regard to the office furniture layout for this type of function:
And it will be how you need individuals to interact within the space you have that will determine the most appropriate approach.
Tip: Put out pads and pens for people to take notes… there’s always one person who forgets to bring what they need!
Boardroom style office furniture for corporate events
A boardroom style office furniture layout may be the most attractive option of you’re running a smaller corporate function. One large table, with the correct number of chairs around the sides will set the right tone for the event. This can work well for team briefings, smaller-scale presentations, not to mention board meetings, of course.
Tip: If a presentation is to take place, put the screen at one end of the table, not in the middle. It’s an easier focal point for all to concentrate on.
Banquet style office furniture for corporate events
If you’re keen to bring an informal feel to your corporate function, then banquet style tables and chairs might be the ideal office furniture solution. Circular tables can easily seat four or more people, and this lends itself really well to workshops and break-out group sessions
Tip: Make sure there is enough space for chairs to pull out from one table and not interfere with chairs placed at another table. People don’t like a room to feel cramped.
Informal seating with office furniture
Of course, not all types of corporate function require a formal layout for office furniture. A relaxed meet and greet style event would benefit from a more comfortable reception style seating set up. Sofas, coffee tables, ottomans, and soft chairs, will all encourage relaxed conversation after a long day listening to presentations.
Tip: Don’t worry about providing seating for everyone. At casual business networking functions people often stand in groups to talk.
Whichever office furniture layout style you choose for your function, we hope it’s a successful event!