Maximum table sizes for room dimensions
These guidelines will help you determine the maximum size boardroom or conference table that will fit. However, you may not want to use all of the space available for the table. Conference rooms are also used for gatherings where people are not seated, and it can be useful to leave some extra space for circulation.
- Measure the room’s length and width. Subtract obstructions such as columns and other furniture. You want to determine the dimensions of the free space that can hold the table. (If your room is an odd shape, it’s best for us to analyse the space for you. We will need the floor plans. Please email them to us. We prefer a .pdf file format.)
- The clearance, or space between the table and the closest obstruction, varies with the size of the room. We use these dimensions:
- For spaces up to 5m long, minimum clearance is 1m all around the table, and 1.2m is recommended.
- For spaces up to 6.5m feet long, minimum clearance is 1.2m around the table, and 1.5m is recommended.
- For spaces over 6.5m long, minimum clearance is 1.5m , and 1.8m is recommended.
- Subtract twice the clearance from the length and width of the room to find the table’s maximum dimensions:
Here’s a few more things to consider:
- Many conference rooms include a credenza. They range from 400mm to 600mm in depth. This should be subtracted from the space available. If you order a credenza from us, we’ll help you find the best size. Narrower credenzas work for smaller rooms, larger ones provide more storage and counter space for food service.
- You don’t always need to allow the same amount of space all around the table, i.e. you might be able to have smaller clearance at the sides than at the end. Placement of doors in the room will determine circulation patterns around the table. We can analyse your floor plans to see what will work.
- Tables don’t always need to be placed in the center of the room, or oriented on the room’s major axes. If you are trying to seat a lot of people in a smaller room, then alternative placement should be considered. After reviewing your floor plans, we will suggest options.
- Audio/visual equipment often requires specific distances from projector to screen. If the table is used to house this equipment, then this needs to be taken into account. We will work with your IT department or AV consultant to make sure that everything works.
- Don’t worry about moving the table into the space. All of our tables are designed to be shipped in pieces, and engineered for easy assembly and disassembly. It is helpful for us to get the dimensions of the lifts and doors used to access the space, particularly in older buildings.