Monday, December 21, 2015

Office Q & A: Advice For Conference Table Shoppers

Conference Room Remodeling AdviceWhen shopping for new office furniture of any kind, it's best to ask questions before making your purchase. That being said, in today's post we'll be answering the most commonly asked questions by conference room table shoppers. The advice in today's post should help our readers make informed purchasing decisions. As always, our goal is to ensure you love your interiors. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to comment! We're here to help.

Q: Where do I start?

Every furniture shopper wants to know where and how to start their project effectively. We give the same answer every time we're asked. All professional remodeling and makeover projects start with proper space planning. Start by obtaining the perimeter dimensions of your conference room. Take note of all entry ways, windows, load bearing members, and room obstructions that will affect the way your furniture fits. If you don't have accurate dimensions from the start, you won't know what size table will fit properly in your space. No matter what, don't guess! It always leads to trouble. If you need help getting your room dimension, ask the pros. You can usually handle the task yourself with nothing more than a tape measurer, pencil, and paper.

Q: How long do conference tables take to ship?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the manufacturer of the conference table you select. That being said, in stock tables will typically ship out from the factory within 2 business days of order. They'll usually be in transit for about 5 more days. Made to order conference tables take a little bit longer. You'll be looking at about 3 to 5 weeks for manufacturing. Transit times will be about the same.

Q: What manufacturers are best? 

We always recommend going with a reputable brand with great reviews. You can't go wrong with any of the big 3. Mayline, Global Total Office, and Cherryman Industries offer fantastic conference tables for modern and traditional interiors. These brands offer the full service collections needed to maintain a cohesive look between your interiors. This means, your new modern conference table can also match the desks, reception stations, and accent furniture in your private office.

Q: What finishes are best for my space?

You can go with classic finish options like cherry, maple, and mahogany as they will always have a place in the furniture world. On the other hand, trending finish options are always hitting the market. This year, gray wood grain tones have been incredibly popular. Mayline's Medina collection offers a finish called Gray Steel that should definitely be considered by any shopper looking to keep their interior on the cutting edge. We also love popular finishes like Absolute Acajou from Global Total Office and Espresso from Cherryman Industries.

Q: How many guests will fit at my table?

There's a simple formula you can use to determine how many guests will fit around your table. Take the overall length of your table, divide it by three, and multiply the answer by 2. In a nut shell, you'll want to leave about 3' of table space for each person. This ensures they can operate comfortably in their chair. So essentially, a 12' conference table will accommodate 4 guests per side. Depending on table shape, you can also add guests on the ends if additional conference seating is needed.

Q: Is it hard to assemble a conference table?

Hard, no. Heavy, yes! Conference table assembly is pretty basic. In most cases you'll simply be attaching the table legs to the surface. We recommend laying down a no abrasive surface, like a blanket. Flip the table top over on to the surface to prevent scratches. Attach the legs to the top, and flip the table over. Definitely have at least 2 helpers on hand to avoid straining the back!

Q: Which models are best sellers this year? 

This year, powered conference tables have been the way to go. We mentioned brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and Cherryman Industries above for a reason! These industry leaders take pride in crafting cutting edge powered conference tables that will no about help you and your business streamline the meeting process. Powered conference tables can be equipped with phone, ethernet, HDMI, USB, and audio input options to meet your specific needs. Additionally, boat shaped tables,  elliptical top tables, and modular conference table sets have also been trending. As businesses look for new ways to make their interiors stand out from the competition, hybrid shapes like these have become super popular.

Q: What are the best ways to save money on a new conference table?

We love to help our readers save big, so we threw this question in! There's lot's of great ways to extend your budget when conference table shopping. Start by visiting comparison shopping engines like Google Shopping. Here you'll be able to sort through tables from a variety of brands. You'll also be able to determine which dealers provide free shipping. This alone will help you save a bundle! Before you complete the checkout process, be on the look out for a coupon entry field. If you see one, take the time to checkout popular sites like and Most of the top furniture providers online list their coupons at these respected sites. If you can't find an active coupon, give your dealer of choice a call. It never hurts to ask for a good deal! You can also inquire about any current specials, promotions, and closeouts they may be featuring this month.

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