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Find Conference Table Size from Room Dimensions | Paul Downs


What is the maximum size boardroom or custom conference table that will fit in your meeting room?

1. Measure the room’s length and width. Subtract obstructions such as columns and other furniture. You want to determine the dimensions of the free space that can hold the table. (If your room is an odd shape, it’s best for us to analyze the space for you. We will need the floor plans. Fax them to us at 610 239 0732, or email them to us. We prefer a .pdf or .dwg file format.)

2. The clearance, or space between the table and the closest obstruction, varies with the size of the room. We use these dimensions:

– For spaces up to 16 feet long, minimum clearance is 42″ (3.5 feet) all around the table and 48″ (4 feet) is recommended.

– For spaces up to 22 feet long, minimum clearance is 48″ (4 feet) around the table and 60″ (5 feet) is recommended.

– For spaces over 22 feet long, minimum clearance is 60″ (5 feet) and 72″ (6 feet) is recommended.

3. Subtract twice the clearance from the length and width of the room to find the table’s maximum dimensions:

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Table Clearance Drawing

Placement Within the Conference Room Can Vary

You don’t always need to allow the same amount of space all around the table, i.e. you might be able to have smaller clearance at the sides than at the end. Placement of doors in the room will determine circulation patterns around the table and we can analyze your floor plans to see what will work.

Conference room tables don’t always need to be placed in the center of the room either or oriented on the room’s major axes. If you are trying to seat a lot of people in a smaller room, then alternative placement should be considered. After reviewing your floor plans, our team of custom conference table experts will suggest placement options.

Other Conference Room Factors to Consider

It’s not often that a conference table is the only piece of furniture in the room. There are obviously chairs, but there may also be other items that affect the size and position of your conference table. Credenzas, podiums, and audio/video equipment all play a part in the appropriate placement of your meeting table.

What If I Have a Credenza in the Room?

Many conference rooms include a credenza. They range from 16″ to 24″ in depth. This should be subtracted from the space available. If you order a credenza from us, we’ll help you find the best size. Narrower credenzas work for smaller rooms, while larger ones provide more storage and counter space for food service. At Paul Downs, we can also build a custom credenza that matches your custom conference table.

Audio/Video Integration and Components

Audio/visual equipment often has specific requirements such as distances from a projector to the screen and proper viewing angles. If your table will be used to house this equipment, then this needs to be taken into account as well. We will work with your IT department or AV consultant to make sure that everything will function as needed to give your meeting attendees the best experience possible.

The Paul Downs Difference

No mass-produced, cookie-cutter tables here. When it comes to custom conference room tables, Paul Downs is the pinnacle of craftsmanship. We design truly unique meeting and boardroom tables that are hand-crafted to your specifications, from power and data hatches right down to the grain of the wood we use. If you need a conference room table for your business, organization, or school, we’re just a click or call away. Someone from our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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