JAZZYEXPO’S EXECUTIVE GUIDE SERIESHOW TO DETERMINE THE MAXIMUM SIZE FOR A MODERN CONFERENCE TABLE IN YOUR MEETING ROOM
HOW TO DETERMINE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN BE SEATED AT AN EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE TABLE
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A BOAT SHAPE CONFERENCE TABLE AND OF A ROUND CONFERENCE TABLE
HOW TO DETERMINE THE MAXIMUM SIZE FOR YOUR CONFERENCE ROOM TABLE
To determine the size of a conference table for your meeting room, start with a list of the number of people you wish to seat in the room, the furniture that you want in the room, the dimensions of the room and of any built-in cabinets in it. The furniture required for a conference room are the meeting table and chairs to go around it. The optional furniture that you may want to include are a credenza, whiteboard cabinet, a cabinet, additional seating, and a large screen monitor. Following are the important design factors to consider
CLEARANCE AROUND THE TABLE
Along Sides of Table: Provide a 3’ minimum clearance around the each of the long sides of a modern conference table. This space is needed for chairs and for ingress and egress by people to and from their seats. See drawing A1
Around Ends of Table: Provide a 4’ minimum clearance around each end of the conference table. This space is needed for ingress and egress on all sides of the conference table. It is also for space needed for a speaker at the front of the table to talk at the meeting.
ADDITIONAL SPACE REQUIRED:
If a credenza or buffet is to be placed along a side or end wall, leave 2 feet of additional space plus space for people to stand in front of the credenza.
If additional space is needed at the front of the conference table for a speaker and/or table, add the appropriate space.
Add additional clearance for doorways and space for door to swing open without interfering with the people or furniture in the conference room.
If a whiteboard cabinet is added on one of the walls, allow ample space for the person in front of the whiteboard to stand and make a presentation.
If you would like additional seating along a wall in the room, provide at least 3 feet for the depth of chair and person seated in front of the wall.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF CONFERENCE ROOM TABLE DESIGNS:
See Drawing A1 – a Conference Room design with a 10’ long Los Angeles Conference Table and 8 chairs from jazzyexpo.com for dimensions of a design with a 19’ x 12’-6” executive meeting room. Notice there is 5’ allocated for a presentation area, 4’ for ingress/egress to the other side of the meeting table, 4 ft in front of the credenza, and 3 ft for passageway on the other side of the table. (The math is easier if you convert all measurements to inches before you begin.) The credenza is placed near the door for easy servicing of refreshments on it, and easy accessibility to the guests when they enter the conference room.
See Drawing B1 – a Conference Room design with a 16’ long Baltimore Boardroom Table containing a credenza and additional chairs placed along both side walls of the conference room. There is 5+ ft allocated for a presentation area, 6+ ft for ingress/egress to the other side of the meeting table, 4+ ft in front of the credenza, and 3 ft for passageway between the table chairs and wall chairs on each side of the room. The math is easier if you convert all measurements to inches before you begin. The credenza is near the door for easy accessibility to people entering the conference room.
See Drawing C1 – A meeting room design with a 10’ diameter Atlanta Round Conference Table from jazzyexpo.com. There is 3 ½’ minimum spacing around the table at its closest pint to the walls. The credenza is placed near the entry wall corner to take advantage of the open zone area of the wall thereby minimizing its interference with chairs, and provide a larger standing area for people in front of the credenza.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN BE SEATED AT AN EXECUTIVE MEETING TABLE
To determine how many people your meeting table can accommodate, 1st determine the length of your conference table, and then the width of the chairs at the table, the spacing that you’d like between chairs, and how many people that you’d like seated at each end of the table.
Rectangular or Boat Shaped Conference Tables
Computing the number of people that may be seated at a Los Angeles 10’ long table with jazzyexpo’s Carolina Midback Conference Chair.
Typically chairs will vary from 22 to 30 in width. In the drawing above, the conference table is 10’ long. If you were to use a chair that is 26″ wide and allow 6” spacing between the chairs, then you would need 32” of table width to accommodate each person seated along the width of the table. For the 10’ table (120”), dividing 32” into 120” provides for 3.75 people. You have 2 choices to configure the seating, 3 or 4 people on each side of the table.
Choice 1: (see drawing A1) – Seating 3 people seated on each side of the 10’ table, would provide 40” per person (120” / 3). With a 26” wide chair, there would be 14” between chairs (40”-26”=14”), and 7” from each end of the table to the nearest chair.
Choice 2: Seating 4 (see Drawing A2) people on each side of the 10’ table provides 30” per person (120” / 4). With a 26” wide chair, there would be 4” between chairs (30”-26”=4”), and 2” from each end of the table. The total number of people seated with 4 people on each side and 1 at each end is 10 people (4+4+1+1)
Computing the number of people that may be seated at a 16’ Baltimore Conference Table using jazzyexpo’s with jazzyexpo’s Carolina Mid-back Conference Chair (25.5” wide) or Sacramento Mid-back Executive Conference chair 28” wide.
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Choice 1 see drawing B2. Using the Sacramento chairs: Seating 6 people on each side results in 14 people total (6+6+1+1) being seated. Six Sacramento chairs on each side requires 168” of space (6 x 28”). Then there would be 24” remaining (192″ table length-168” for chairs) to be divided for space between the 6 chairs, or 4” between chairs.
Choice 2 Using the Sacramento Chairs: Seating 5 people on each side results in 12 people total (5+5+1+1) being seated. Five Sacramento chairs on each side needs 140” of space (5 x 28”). Then there would be 52” remaining (192” table length -140” total chair width) total for space between the 6 chairs, or 10.4” between chairs.
Choice 3 (see drawing B1) Using Carolina Chairs: Seating 6 people on each side results in 14 people total (6+6+1+1) being seated. Six Carolina chairs on each side would need 153” of space (6 x 25.5”). Then there is 39” (192″ table length-153” for chairs) to be divided for space between the 6 chairs, or 6.5” between each chair, and 3.25” at each end of the table.
ADVANTAGES OF A BOAT SHAPED CONFERENCE TABLE
A boat shaped meeting table provides these 3 advantages to a straight rectangular shaped conference table:
1. The curved sides of boat shaped tables with a slight radius provide a longer edge along the conference table than a straight edge.
2. The ends of the table are narrower than the center of the table for better ingress and egress of people around the conference table.
3. The boat shaped curve on the sides of the conference table make viewing of a person speaking easier for people seated on the same side of the table.
ADVANTAGES OF ROUND CONFERENCE TABLES
Round Conference Tables:
The seating circumference of a round table is its diameter x 3.14. A 10’ round meeting table has a 31.4’ (377”) circumference edge around the table. If you used chairs with a 26” width, and 5” spacing between chairs, the number of chairs that would fit is 377”/31” = 12 chairs.
A round executive conference table provides the advantage of easy viewing of all people seated at the conference table.
Designer Meeting Tables:
Birmingham Meeting Table:
The unique round hexagonal shape of this meeting table provides seating of 6 people along the 3 longer edges of the conference table. Three (3) additional people may also join the meeting and be seated on the 3 smaller sides of the table.
Phoenix Meeting Table:
This unique round triangular table is available in several sizes. The smaller sizes accommodate 1 person on each of the 3 sides for a total of 3 people. The larger sizes provide seating for 2 people along each of the 3 sides for a total of 6 people.
Jazzyexpo has been working for years to develop a modern executive desk that is symmetrical so that it can be set up as either a right return desk or a left return desk, or as a diagonal desk with both sides being the front of the desk. Its premier New York Desk accomplishes these objectives and more.
The jazzy New York Desk provides modern styling and functionality with an elegant walnut wood look throughout. The desk is perfectly symmetrical to allow you to work unhampered on your choice of either the main desktop or return desktop, or both. This desk improves your efficiency to use your full management abilities unencumbered.
To understand the power that this gives an executive, realize how today’s large computer video monitors provide wonderful functionality but how they block the view of people seated in front of you at your desk. With the New York Desk you can choose one side for your video monitors and the other side for seating guests in your office. You can also move your monitors to one end of the desk and seat guests along both sides of your desk. It looks revolutionary when installed on a diagonal in your office so that your guests can be seated on both sides of the desk for highly effective management meetings.
Some of the New York Desk features are:
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Jazzyexpo Releases Deluxe Design for its Premier Executive Chicago, Washington, Los angeles, and Miami Desks.(does not apply to the Deluxe Classic Models)
The Deluxe Desk have the following enhancements:
• Main desktop is all wood veneer (there is no inlaid writing pad)
• Separate moveable writing pad made of top quality black leather that clings to desktop. May be used on the return top if desired.
• Solid wood edging all around the desktop for durability and beauty.
• 4 slot computer connection e-panels on the return and main desktops to move more connection functionality to the return top.
• All wire covers are on hinges for easy opening.
• e-panel on main desktop is biased toward the return for easier cabling to the computer cabinet and less obtrusive functionality.
• Each e-panel cover has 3 angled edges for more flexibility on the exit direction of the cables and to eliminate the appearance of holes in these panels.
• Improved milled handles on keyboard drawer fronts for ease in closing them.
• Larger keyboard drawer on the return to make room for mouse.
• Top drawer in each pedestal has matching wood color drawer divider to provide better storage of users small office tools and supplies.
• Washington desks have a concealed hatch door on the side of the desk for brief case compartment or other storage.
• Miami Desks have mobile printer cabinet and mobile pedestal to allow the user to choose where he wants them in his office, and to provide the benefit of moving them out from under his desk for more leg room under the desk.
JAZZYEXPO’S EXECUTIVE GUIDE SERIES:
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO DESIGNING YOUR EXECUTIVE OFFICE
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED A RIGHT OR LEFT SIDE RETURN FOR YOUR EXECUTIVE DESK.
Determining if your executive desk needs a right or left side return should not be based on whether you’re right or left handed. The most important factors to determine if your desk should have a right or left side return are (1) the posture of the desk in your office, (2) the location of the entry door in relation to the desk, (3) the location of electrical and electronic services in the room, (4) privacy and exposure of materials and video monitors to guests in the room, (5) locations of windows in the office, (6) where you want to place other furniture in your office such as sofas, coffee tables, and a meeting table.
There’s no need to be concerned if you’re right handed or left handed because you’ll quickly adapt to a return that is on either side. This is also true if you had a right or left side desk for years before and now need to change the side for a new office or new office configuration.
The single most important factor in determining the handing of your desk return is the posture of the desk in relation to the location of the office entry door. Most executives prefer their desk to be facing their office entry door for better visibility so that they can see who is entering their office, and to more easily summon assistance from employees outside their office. When the desk is positioned towards the entry door, you should then determine if the entry door will be biased towards the left side or right side of the desk or in the center straight in front of it while seated at the desk.
Select the handing on your desk to eliminate having to walk around the front of your desk or the return to enter it. Walking around guest chairs in front of your desk or racing around a return to catch a telephone call on your desk is uncomfortable and will get tiring very quickly. Following are rules-of-thumb to avoid these problems (see below illustrations).
Entry door towards your right when seated at your desk – select a left side return.
Entry door towards your left when seated at your desk – select a right side return.
Entry door is in center of the front of the desk when seated at your desk – select either a left or right side return. It may be best to select the handing that more easily accommodates the location of your floor or wall services for electrical, data and telephone services to minimize or eliminate cable runs around the back of your office.
If your desk will be positioned on a diagonal across one corner of your office, use the same rules-of-thumb listed above to determine the desk handing. Most importantly, configure your office and desk handing so you don’t want to have to go around guests seated in front of your desk or around the return to enter the desk.
Other factors that you may need to consider in determining the position of your desk and subsequently its handing are the location of:
• electrical outlets and other floor or wall connections in your office
• windows in your office
• other furniture including a credenza, a meeting table, and a sofa set in your office
• privacy and exposure of materials and video monitors to guests in your office.
See the various illustrations below for examples of how you may want to configure your office.
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Plan A – Entry is in front of desk for complete privacy behind desk. Desk access is satisfactory. Executive is in view of entrance.
Plan B – Entry has very easy access to desk but has some exposure to rear of desk. Executive has only partial view of entrance
Plan C and Plan D – Both have easy access to desk with privacy of back of desk. Executive can see entry when facing forward.
Plan E – Entry is near front of desk. Desk access is satisfactory. Executive has partial view of entrance.
Plan F – Access to desk is very easy though back of desk is exposed to guest entering room. Executive has no view of entrance door.
Plan G and H – Both have easy entry to desk. Window location give executive outside view while working on return. For better privacy of back of desk, meeting table should be more forward. Guests have easy access to office.
HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXECUTIVE CABINETS AND CREDENZAS WITH JAZZYEXPO NEW DELUXE CABINET SYSTEM MODULES
You can custom design your cabinets and credenzas with new Deluxe Cabinet System. The Deluxe Wall Cabinet System uses wood cabinet modules for console cabinets, top hutch cabinets, and side wardrobe/storage cabinets. The cabinet modules are stocked for immediate delivery of a truly customized cabinet.
The cabinets modules with standard drawers, hanging file folder drawers, lateral hanging file drawers, console cabinets, glass door cabinets, book shelf cabinets and integral work tables. You can design your own console credenza or tall hutch cabinet with these modules. The below drawings illustrate how the executive cabinets may be combined to customize the cabinet sections to the customer’s needs.
You can build their custom Deluxe Wall Cabinet starting with a 3’ wide basic console cabinet.
Additional console cabinets can be bolted on to create a longer credenza with custom selected cabinet modules. This credenza is made with 2 console cabinets and measures 6’ wide, and will look great behind an executive desk or along a wall in a conference table room.
Hutch modules with wood or glass doors may be added above the credenza base modules to create tall cabinets that you design. Each of these 2 cabinets are built with just a console and hutch cabinet module.
When joined together the customer’s Deluxe Cabinet System design creates a beautiful wall unit that is ideal behind an executive desk. The above photo of entire wall unit is created by combining 4 different cabinet modules for functionality.
Modules can be added to extend the length of the cabinet. The above photo illustrates how a side wardrobe or storage cabinets may be added to a wall unit to create a beautiful expansive wall display which is ideal behind a high end executive desk. This Deluxe Cabinet System is made with 5 cabinet modules that are bolted together.
Cabinets may be added on either side of the wall unit design or in the center to expand the wall unit for the customer’s needs. The 10’ wide Deluxe Wall Cabinet in the above photo is created with 6 cabinet modules that are bolted together: 2 console cabinets, glass door hutch, bookcase hutch and 2 side cabinet wardrobe modules.
jazzyexpo.com has remodeled 2 floors of our executive furniture showrooms with its latest models of executive desks, conference tables, cabinets, chairs and sofas. The showroom display encompasses their state-of-the-art development in aesthetic design and functionality for executive office furniture in a computerized world.
Modern executive desks are displayed with multiple data ports and work areas for video monitors. Concealed keyboard drawers are provided on the main desk and the return section top. A workstation along the return section keeps the front of the main desk open from video monitors that would normally be placed their. This keeps the monitors from interfering with communication between the executive and people seated in front of the desk. For designer desks see our new Houston Round Desk, Miami Desk, and our San Francisco Desk now on display.
Modern conference tables are shown with their data ports distributed along the length of the table so they are easy to reach by all guests at the table. Often these data ports are staggered from side to side making them accessible to people seated on either side of the conference table. Side panels under the table top conceal cables and equipment running under the table. Side panels are angled down for additional space and comfort of guest legs while seated at a modern conference table.
A large variety of seating and executive cabinetry are displayed on both showroom floor.
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Jazzyexpo’s new Carolina Executive Chairs provide another option for jazzyexpo customers to get executive chairs to match the high end office furniture they acquire from jazzyexpo.com business furniture. These new chairs are similar in design to the jazzyexpo Newport Executive chair except that the Carolina chairs do not have the leather panels on the sides of the armrests. This gives the chairs a lighter and more modern look. The Carolina high back executive chair has a walnut wood panel behind the headrest to match jazzyexpo.com executive desks. This headrest panel is not available on the Newport high back chair.
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