Boardroom table shapes and seating capacity
Set out below are the common boardroom table shapes.
Tables are available with one piece table tops and in modular designs which are more flexible and can be more easily moved incase of special event or maintenance.
The calculation of capacity will depend on the exact configuration as well as how close people are placed together. Please consult AMO to help you understand the likely capacity for a particular option.
Rectangle (including square)
These are the simplest tables to fabricate, and thus the most economical for a given seating capacity. It’s also easy to workout how many users from their dimensions!
Radial or "Boat"
It’s commonly believed that the curved side provides more seating room. Not so: unless the curve is extreme, the amount of perimeter is almost identical to a rectangle of the same dimensions. You will have better sight lines, and the look is more graceful. You can use the same calculation to determine seating, but note that the table width is larger for a given number of people.
Radial End or "Racetrack"
Racetrack tables consist of a rectangular center capped with two half circle ends. They have 12.5% less perimeter than a rectangle of comparable length and width; this usually means that you lose 1 or 2 people from the corresponding rectangle.
Rounds are pretty, but inefficient. They have only 78.5% of the perimeter of a square of the same dimensions, and you have to be careful not to crowd users’ feet under the table.
There’s no universal rule regarding modular table size and seating capacity.
Seating capacity is determined by how the tables are assembled as there will be joins between the table tops. Please use AMO to help you identify the capacity for a particular configuration.
Other options typically require bespoke build to fit a particular room size.
Keystone or VideoConference Tables
The keystone shape is becoming a standard for videoconferencing. (These are also commonly called VTC tables.) The wide end of the table faces the cameras and screen, and is not used for seating. The capacity is identical to rectangles, but with one person removed.
U Shaped tables seat people along 3 sides, and have an open center. The usually come in two varieties: squared end and rounded end. The seating capacity is determined by the perimeter of that outer edge, but that varies widely. These tables must be sized to the room. Send us your room plans and the desired number of users and we’ll determine what works best.
shaped tables, like U shaped tables, seat people along 3 sides. Their arms are not parallel, which facilitates videoconferencing. They also must be sized to the room. Send us the plans, tell us how many people you’d like to seat, and we’ll do the rest.