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Formal or casual meetings – what office furniture works for each?

Sep 23, 2016

Meetings, the scourge of a manager’s life. The mention of yet another meeting sends eyeballs skywards and hearts sinking. Yet they are a necessary evil, really, aren’t they? Decisions get made. Ideas are shared. Creativity blossoms as the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts.

Meetings, the scourge of a manager’s life. The mention of yet another meeting sends eyeballs skywards and hearts sinking. Yet they are a necessary evil, really, aren’t they? Decisions get made. Ideas are shared. Creativity blossoms as the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts.

So how can your staff get the most out of each meeting? Well, depending on the type of meeting, setting the right scene is a good starting point. And the office furniture you choose goes a long way towards achieving that.

Boardroom not 'bored room' for formal meetings…
Where are formal meetings usually held? The boardroom, of course. And why? Because the boardroom exists to impress. It exists to wow directors, shareholders, staff, contractors and suppliers, as well as important clients. Formal discussions take place and fill the room with hot air, whilst critical presentations sell new ideas to potential customers. What matters in both cases is that the room sets the correct tone for the occasion. Aesthetics and functionality need to work together…

Where do you start? Well, the mainstay has to be the boardroom table.

A few things to consider when choosing boardroom tables:
What size should your boardroom table be? The meeting table needs to be impressive but not make the room feel cramped.
What shape should the boardroom table be? Often this will depend on the shape of the meeting room.
What material should it be made from? Think wood, metal or some other material… what will work best?
What can CamHam Recommend?
We have a choice of boardroom tables which come in straight end or barrel shaped styles. With a selection of finishes to choose from, you will find the right piece to match both your business and your taste. Check out our boardroom furniture for more inspiration.

Next - comfy seating and coffee tables for casual meetings…
Now before we go any further, we’d like to point out that we are fully aware there is something which sits in-between formal and casual meetings in the office. It’s the sort of get together that requires its own dedicated meeting room, with meeting room furniture to match the mood etc. However, this article is really focusing on the two ends of the meeting spectrum. So instead we’re going to turn our attention next to casual meetings. You know, the ones that you have in reception, or a breakout area in an open plan office…

Communal office seating – aspects to consider
Are the chairs easy to move around? If the lay out is set out in threes around a coffee table but you need four, is it easy to add another chair temporarily?
Is the material easy to clean? Often informal chats take place with a coffee in hand. Spillages happen.
Are the chairs colour coordinated? It really adds to the relaxed atmosphere to have aesthetically coloured seating.
Are the coffee tables easy to wipe? There’s nothing worse than grubby table tops.
What can CamHam Recommend?
How about tub style chairs? – They’re modern, easy to move about, and extremely comfortable with their contoured backs. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, don’t forget they’re easy to keep clean with a durable leather faced finish.

Coffee tables for your convenience – We can help you pick the right size and shape to meet your needs. Round top, square top, in a variety of finishes that will match the rest of your office furniture. Just contact us to find out more!

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