A meeting room in a business environment is a place where creativity is brewed, where ideas are bounced around, and where some of the greatest business decisions are made. Before any of this can be accomplished, there are certain elements which must
be purchased to make this possible, namely office furniture. Your meeting room furniture will allow for a place to sit and collaborate or quite simply, meet with others when needed. If you have the role of designing and purchasing your meeting room space, it is important to determine which factors will influence your purchasing decision such as price, comfort, durability, and space.
Price is perhaps the biggest determinant in any purchasing decision, with most business trying to save every penny they can in a tough economy. The price for meeting room furniture varies significantly depending on the type of furniture that is desired. Couches and lounge chairs will be more expensive in price than a set of swivel chairs. Swivel chairs will also be more expensive than stacking chairs. If you are looking to save money, it is recommended to purchase a set of stacking chairs as they are inexpensive in price and are also good for space saving and maintaining a clean office appearance. Lounge chairs and couches, while more expensive, typically tend to give off the appearance of prestige and will look nicer in your office space.
Comfort is typically another key factor in any office furniture purchase as most employers want to make certain their employees are as comfortable as possible to create a positive work environment. The amount of comfort needed can be attributed to how much time will be spent sitting on the furniture. If meetings that are held in your office are typically short and simple, then having a really comfortable chair with multiple adjustments is not as necessary. If you have long meetings or interview potential candidates in your meeting room it is advisable to get furniture that will be comfortable and adjustable to meet the individual’s needs who will be sitting in the chair.
It is advisable to find meeting room furniture that is durable and designed to last for years to come. An easy and quick way to determine how durable furniture is is to look at the manufacturer’s warranty they provide for the item. Price is relative, a good piece of furniture with a good warranty will be more expensive but may be worth considering rather than having to replace furniture every two to three years. It is also important to consider who will be using the furniture, as not all meeting room chairs are designed to fit every individual. Most furniture, chairs in particular, are meant to hold individuals up to 250 lbs. that are between the height of 5’3″-6′. Keep in mind your shorter or bigger and taller employees prior to making your purchase to ensure that their needs are also taken into consideration.
When picking out new meeting room furniture, it is important to look at the space in which the furniture will be placed in. The room in which the furniture will be utilized must be able to accommodate your meeting room chairs or couches without it looking overcrowded or messy. For rooms with more space, lounge chairs and couches are a great addition and will nicely fill up the space while giving the room a sleek look. For smaller rooms, meeting room chairs or stacking chairs are good space saving options. Stacking chairs even allow for easy and quick storage when not in use.
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