September 7, 2018
By Workspace Resource
Getting a client or potential client to meet with your team is quite an accomplishment, but it's only the first step. Your conference room has the power to make a big first impression, but whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on the space!
A great conference room combines form and function, ensuring that visitors are listening to you, not counting down the minutes until they can leave. There should be little in the way of distractions, and extra care should be taken for the following elements:
No one wants to spend the afternoon under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights. If possible, let in some natural light, making sure the windows are partially covered with blinds or shades, should the sun become too bright. Avoiding or minimizing overhead lighting makes for a more calming setting, but be sure to use light bulbs that don’t give off too much heat.
It doesn't instill much confidence in visitors to see old, shabby furnishings. You need to project an image of success, and one of the best ways to do so is with clean, modern design.
The most beautiful armchairs won’t help if no one can stand sitting in them! Comfort is crucial, particularly for longer meetings. Take care to choose pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, but comfortable as well.
To ensure your conference room projects sophistication, choose furnishings with built-in power adapters, multimedia capabilities and charging options. By integrating technology into the design of your conference room, you add convenience and functionality to the space while removing the clutter and hazards that a jumble of cables and cords creates.
The way you work and meet has evolved, and so should the spaces in which you perform these activities. Depending on the type of meetings taking place, you'll want to choose furnishing that allow you, your visitors and employees to get comfortable and collaborate. Modular seating in a meeting space is great for accommodating groups of all sizes and helps prevent fatigue during long meetings.
No matter how you design your conference room, remember that it should be a comfortable space where your team can gather, brainstorm and collaborate.