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In our previous blog entry, we took a look at conference room tables. Since forcing your end users to sit on the floor during business meetings is usually frowned upon, you’ll probably want to buy some conference room chairs to go along with your table. If that’s the case, you’re in luck: We’ve looked at hundreds of conference room chairs and compiled a list of 10 that we think really stand out.

As we saw in the previous entry on tables, chairs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The trick here is to get chairs that aren’t stylistically the opposite of your table. For instance, if you’ve gone with a lush mahogany table out of The Godfather, you may want to refrain from buying hipster-y wooden stools to place around it.

And now without further ado, our list…

Farrah (National Office Furniture)

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Although intended for lounge seating, we think that the tapered legs and inset base panels would look pretty in a conference room.

Respect (National Office Furniture)

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Environmentally-conscious companies may want to consider National Office Furniture’s Respect line, which earns SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and level 2 certifications, which means it can contribute to LEED points.

Lavoro (National Office Furniture)

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National Office Furniture’s Lavoro combines sleek metal arm rests with a subtly curved back support that looks like it belongs inside a luxury Italian car.

Valoví Chair (Opendesk)

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Engineered from 19 interlocking parts, Valoví features a curved seat and back to ensure maximum comfort.

Tivoli (Calibre Office Furniture)

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For companies that are unable to avoid longer meetings, uncomfortable chairs are bad for business (except for perhaps the chiropractic business). Calibre’s Tivoli, which features a stretched structural synthetic mesh upholstered with 10mm thick injection molded polyurethane foam padding, is ideal for those longer marathon sessions.

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There’s no rule that says conference tables need to have chairs. If your table is high enough, these stools from Calibre would get the job done just as well.

Balance Stool (Krost)

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And now for something completely different: Not only does Krost’s self-balancing stool follow the user’s every movement, it also returns to its upright position after each use. For start-ups attempting to do something outside the box with their conference room, there are few better alternatives.

Page Chair (Boss Design)

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For companies seeking a 60s vibe, Boss’s Page chair is a tour de force of retro chic.

RBG Task Chair (Teknion)

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Teknion’s RBT (responsive back technology) chair incorporates patented technology that responds to the shape of the user’s back and supports continuous changes in posture.
This blog post previously appeared in the fourth chapter of our e-book Conference Room Design: A Guide For the Perplexed. To read the full e-book, click here.
ADDITIONAL READING
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Wireless Screen Sharing vs. Conference Table Cable Management
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When purchasing a new conference room table, the first thing you need to do is to measure the conference room. The single biggest mistake you can make during this entire process is to put a tiny table in a gigantic room or a gigantic table in a tiny room. If your conference room looks anything like this, you’ve goofed.
Conference room tables come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Here’s a brief overview of some of the makes/models that are out there.

Barrington Table (National Office Furniture)
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A classic table which–if it weren’t for the laptop sitting on it in the picture to the left–would be perfectly at home in an elegant 1930s boardroom.

Epic Table (National Office Furniture)

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On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Epic Table offers a clean, minimalistic design that’s perfectly suited for start-ups that want to replicate the vibe of Facebook’s Frank Gehry-designed open office space.

Arrowood Table (National Office Furniture)

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National Office Furniture’s sleek Arrowood line features a mitered rim and clean lines. Like peanut butter or Guile’s Theme from Street Fighter 2, this is something that fits in everywhere it goes.

Lean Desk (Opendesk)

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Rather than purchase your conference room table the traditional way, you may want to consider checking out Opendesk, a UK-based company that allows you to download your table so you can have it made locally, regardless of your location. Their Lean Desk–notable for its spacious surface and modular covers–works well as both a work station and conference room table.

Barrel Shaped Glass (Calibre Office Furniture)

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Who says that conference room tables need to be made of wood? Not only do glass tables make the room appear larger, they are also much better at handling coffee spills, which–let’s face it–are going to occur at a rate of 5-7 per day.

Modular Table (Calibre Office Furniture)

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For meetings which involve a speaker standing in front of a podium, a U-shaped conference room table can go a long way toward reducing neck-strain.

Conti Table (Krost)

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If you want your table to be an exact height, width, or length, you can save yourself the hassle of searching high and low of looking for a pre-made table and just go with Krost, who will custom build your table according to your specifications.

Apollo (Boss Design)

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For meetings that draw in larger groups, a table that can comfortably seat up to 14 people is essential. Boss’s Apollo is one such table.

Foundations Table (Teknion)

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One benefit of the Teknion Expansion table is that it can be purchased with a matching lectern and wall-mounted display board, making your job as an interior designer that much easier.

Expansion Table (Teknion)

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Teknion’s Foundations table offers simple horizontal and vertical planes with added option of contrasting finishes for those seeking aesthetic variety.
This blog post previously appeared in the third chapter of our e-book Conference Room Design: A Guide For the Perplexed. To read the full e-book, click here.
ADDITIONAL READING
Conference Room Design: 10 Examples Worth Studying
5 Must-Have AV Products For Your Conference Room
Wireless Conference Rooms vs. Cabled Conference Rooms: Which Has the Better ROI?

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Did you know that temper tantrums occur more frequently in conference rooms with yellow walls than in conference rooms with blue walls?
Or that you can download the blueprint for your conference room table online, then send it off to your local 3D printer to be built?
Or that it’s now possible to turn your entire conference room ceiling into one giant LED light?
All of this—and much, much more—is covered in our first e-book, Conference Room Design: A Guide For the Perplexed.
From picking a wall color to picking a font for your conference room sign, no aspect of conference room design goes unaddressed in this document’s 17 pages. So if you’re thinking about renovating your conference room but aren’t quite sure where to begin, or if you’ve been tasked with upgrading your conference room’s AV setup but are worried you might compromise the room’s aesthetic, don’t panic—we have you covered.
Conference room tables, conference room chairs, conference room decor, conference room lighting—if any of these topics confuse you, simply click here, and we’ll get you all caught up in no time.
And if you enjoy references to Street Fighter 2 and the “over 9000” meme in your descriptions of conference room furniture, we have a feeling you’ll find our e-book especially helpful.
A special thank you to National Office Furniture, Opendesk, Teknion, Krost Furniture, Boss Design, Calibre Office Furniture, Trilux, and Philips for making this possible.
ADDITIONAL READING
Conference Room Design: 10 Examples Worth Studying
Top 10 Conference Room Cable Management Fails of 2016
5 Must-Have AV Products For Your Conference Room
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