You may think that furnishing your boardroom is as simple as buying a big enough table and the right amount of chairs, but it is so much more than that!
Statistically, senior employees spend half their working hours in meetings and presentations which nine times out of ten are held in boardrooms, so it is important to understand the elements required to make your boardroom fit for purpose.
There are four things you should aim to achieve with your boardroom furnishings;
- A welcoming environment
- Inspiring creativity energy and conversation
- Enhancement in the effectiveness of the meeting
The basic logistics of the size and the location of your boardroom in the grand scheme of your office layout is usually the easiest part of the boardroom development; so once that is out of the way, it’s time to consider the general purpose for creating the space and what it will provide.
How often will it be used?
The usage of your new boardroom will hold a lot of dependence on what your budget will be, what you consider to be relevant purchases and what you will need to facilitate the amount of usage. Maybe you will utilise the boardroom for multiple events, not just meetings. Training days are a common alternative when using a boardroom, so preparing for that eventuality is important.
Colour schemes and design layout is another very important element to consider before you make any furniture purchases for your boardroom. Are you going for a modern or traditional setting? What colours would be best for the room? Once you have this covered you’re good to go!
So, what furniture and equipment should you consider when it comes to kitting out your boardroom?
- Boardroom Table – The centrepiece of any boardroom is always the table and knowing how big to go when it comes to filling the table is essential. You don’t want it to be too big to the point where it is overbearing, neither do you want it to be too small so that you can’t accommodate.
- Chairs – Meetings, presentations, appraisals and training are all events we expect you to host in your boardroom and each one can provide a lengthy amount of time spent sat in your chair. Ensuring you have practical, clean, ergonomic chairs that offer comfort and reliability is something you should strongly consider for your boardroom
- Storage – What will be an adequate amount of storage for your boardroom? Will you utilise your quiet boardroom to offer more storage space? Storage is something that is relatively overlooked when designing a boardroom, but is almost certainly an essential.
- Lighting – Lighting is extremely important when it comes to making sure your boardroom gets it right. Going heavy on soft lighting can send clients into a snooze, and too bright will distract from screens and projections. The lighting needs are always dependant on what your boardroom offers in the way of natural light. Natural light is the best lighting for so many reasons offering so many benefits, so this may be worth considering when you design and choose your boardroom.
- Sound – As technology is fundamentally the centre of any meeting, training or presentation in a boardroom it is important that the quality of your equipment is top notch. Ensuring your meetings can go off without outside distractions it is also important to make your boardroom relatively sound proof. Acoustic panels are something worth considering when it comes to designing your boardroom, as well as investing in quality sound tech.