Thursday, June 12, 2014
How To Select A Custom Conference Table with Power
Step 1: Know The Top Brands
Not all conference tables are created equal! While nearly all brands are offering powered solutions, it's important to select a product from a reputable and reliable source. Brands like Mayline, Global Total Office, and Cherryman are all highly recommended by industry professionals as they offer the versatile options needed to ensure you achieve your multi media meeting area goals.
Step 2: Select A Table
The top conference room table collections available with factory installed power modules include the Global Zira collection, Mayline TransAction series, and Cherryman Verde lines. Start by measuring your space to determine what size table will fit best and how many guests you are able to accommodate. Next, select a table that fits your decor and business style. The aforementioned lines all offer a variety of large and small conference tables for sale that are ideal for nearly any boardroom.
Step 3: Choose Your Power Port Locations
Once you've selected a power ready table, you'll need to choose where you want your technology ports to be located. Typical locations include the left end, middle, and right end. In most cases, a single centrally located module will work best for you. If you're working in a high tech and fast paced business environment, adding modules in all three locations might be a good idea. As a general rule of thumb, 6' to 8' conference tables will be just fine with a single power port while tables 10' and larger will greatly benefit from 2 or more ports.
Step 4: Assess Your Power and Data Needs
The extensive offering of power modules available makes this step a must. Take the time to meet with your team to determine how many basic power outlets, phone jacks, USB ports, HDMI inputs, and RJ45 input will be needed to meet your needs. This will provide your dealer of choice with a helpful outline of what module will work best for you.
Step 5: Selecting A Power Module
Choosing a power module is perhaps the most important step of the entire design process. As the central hub of your new table, it's important to choose the right module for your long term business needs. Basic modules are available from the top brands mentioned above that typically feature (2) three prong outlets and (2) phone inputs. If this is plenty for your business, keep it simple and cost effective by choosing the basic option.
Those in need of a more multi media friendly solution will need to choose from a variety of modules capable of receiving telecom ports which we will cover in the next step. Simply select a module style with enough (3) prong outlets to handle your work load and move on to the next step. From an aesthetic standpoint, it's also important to choose module that will compliment the look of your table. Most commonly, silver and black metal models are available that should work perfectly.
Step 6: Selecting Telecom Plates
Those with high tech boardroom demands will need to select the correct telecom plates to be inserted into their chosen module. In a nut shell, telecom plates are the units that contain inputs for HDMI, RJ45, USB, and other power options besides your basic three prong outlets. Here is where it's essential to cover your previously assessed needs. On average, telecom plates are quite affordable. That being said, choosing a few more inputs than what you currently need is never a bad idea as it ensures room for business growth. The new Global Total Office Zira Conference Tables are available with telecom plates that range from around $50 to $120.
Step 7: Installation
So you've designed your conference table with the power options you needed for meeting area success. Now it's time to focus on installation. It's always smart to let your table manufacturer handle as much of the power install as possible. In most cases they will cut the power port in your table surface and install the basic module. You'll need your IT team or an electrician to connect the telecom plates. This is typically quite simple and shouldn't feared. If you've selected a ground wired unit, an electrician will be needed to run your tables power through the floor. This is typically the option needed for large conference tables with multiple power ports. Single port tables will typically come with a standard 9' cord that can be routed to a 3 prong outlet nearby.
The actual table assembly process should also be quite simple. Start by flipping your table top over onto a safe (scratch free) surface. Connect the legs and carefully flip the table back over. The job can be effectively handled with basic hand tools. Clean up the remaining packing materials and you should be good to go! Enjoy your new powered conference table and meetings sure to wow your valued clientele.
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