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Modern, Transitional, and Traditional Tables | Paul Downs Cabinetmakers

Conference Table Style Considerations: Modern, Transitional, and Traditional

Finding the right table involves more than just practical issues or decisions such as shape, power & data, and material. These components work together in harmony with design principles to create an aesthetic that makes an immediate impression. Style must be considered, as it conveys an image of an organization.

Modern & Contemporary

modern conference table

For our purposes, we consider modern and contemporary one category. This style of conference table often includes sleek lines, metal legs, white conference tables, or tables with glass tops. Because we’re a custom manufacturer we can make these sleek tables with a variety of specifications to suit the needs of your organization. For the Steven’s Institute of Technology conference room, shown above, we created side tables with custom perforated metal fronts. This solution was created to increase the capacity in their conference room as well as complementing the main boardroom table.

Modern/Contemporary tables are a popular choice for many industries, including but not limited to tech companies, architecture and design firms, arts organizations, and more.


traditional conference room table

Traditional style tables are often designed in standard shapes like rectangles, boats, and ovals. Additionally, they’re associated with solid wood tops and simple bases. Traditional tables are also made with veneers, often incorporating inlay bands and center panels. Think of beautiful warm, wood tones and elegant edge profiles.

Traditional style tables are often used in law offices, financial institutions, schools and universities, government organizations, and other organizations that want to demonstrate a classic, established, and stately look for their conference room.


transitional conference table

In short, a transitional style table has some of the properties of both traditional and contemporary styles – transitional tables bridge the gap. As demonstrated by the table above, transitional tables might take on the traditional boat-shape with simple bases but in a unique wood species. They often incorporate the practicality and stately shapes in modern materials. This makes them suitable for almost any design aesthetic.

Transitional style tables are applicable to most interior designs and have been used at military bases, manufacturing companies, automotive companies, and organizations that want to express a blend of styles.


At Paul Downs, we design tables to match your aesthetic and functional vision – choices are unlimited!

If you haven’t already, please look through our gallery of custom conference tables. Choose any of these designs as a starting point for your project, or you can submit your own designs. For help designing your custom conference project, contact us today at 610-239-0142 or