Our office furniture collection includes many products that facilitate smooth meetings. We offer podiums and lecterns, as well as mobile AV carts for multimedia accessories. Whiteboard cabinets are also essential when you need to convey information clearly.
The easiest way to choose furniture for a meeting space is to start in the center of the room and work your way out. An attractive conference table sets the tone for the space while providing the necessary work surface so executives have a place to keep their notes, laptops and writing implements. Before choosing a table, a basic layout for the space should be mapped in order to determine how large of a work surface can fit in the room with all of the other office furniture.
What shape conference table should I get?
Elegant conference tables come in a variety of shapes. The rectangular shape is a classic favorite. A boat shape has a similar seating capacity to rectangular tables of comparable dimensions but with softer rounded edges that also provide each person with a bit more space. For a small meeting area inside an executive office, round conference tables have a friendly feel which puts all professionals on equal footing because no one is sitting at the head of the table.
Quality and reliability are essential when purchasing anything that is meant for long term use. Our conference tables come from top office furniture manufacturers including DMI, High Point and Mayline. They feature elegant finishes in a choice of natural wood hues. With this selection, you can coordinate colors with other pieces of furniture in the room. For the ultimate in coordination, we even have models that are part of conference furniture collections so you can get a perfect match. Many models feature solid wood bases for super sturdy standing.
What are the best chairs for a meeting room?
Whether you are negotiating a merger, signing a contract with a new client or planning the next quarter's sales strategy, comfortable seating is essential for a successful meeting. When conference participants are supported properly, they can focus better on the task at hand, rather than being distracted by aches and pains. When choosing the ideal office chairs for any meeting space, particular attention should be paid to visual appeal, physical support and price.
The right office chairs depend on how large a conference table is and how many people you need to seat around it. Task chairs with swivel bases and casters make it easier to get in and out without asking other people to move if the table is crowded. They also feature some combination of adjustable ergonomic features which enable clients and colleagues to create a custom fit that will provide proper support for the duration of the meeting. Make sure to take note of cushion thickness as well.
For a coordinated professional space, make sure that chairs match the style of your table. We have a huge selection of upholstery materials and colors so it is easy to make sure that your space is adorned with complementary hues. If you are looking for something really special, our captains chairs have a touch of stately old-world elegance that will bring a unique appeal to your space. Tufted vinyl chairs and luxurious leather seating are available as well.
How can I make speakers more comfortable?
While many conferences are arranged so that everyone sits together around one table, on occasion one person will stand up and make a presentation to other meeting attendants. This arrangement enables the guest consultant or meeting organizer to be easily viewed and have a clear perspective of the whole room. Standing and presenting with no support and no appropriate place to put notes can be quite unpleasant. You can easily provide a comfortable space for a standing speaker with one of our great podiums.
Lecterns come in both wood and acrylic, so there are models that will fit-in well in any style of office. The Oklahoma Sound Corporation has a number of great models that include built-in microphones and speakers, so professionals will never have to strain their voices to be heard, even in a large meeting. For a sleek twist on the classic wood podium, you can choose a model that features an LCD screen on the front where a company logo, slides or pictures can be displayed. For those who would like to use a desktop computer while standing, the Balt PC podium is designed to support all desktop components and is a comfortable height for a standing speaker.
How can I store multimedia equipment in the office?
When multimedia presentations or video screenings are an essential part of an important meeting, a great AV cart is a must-have. The right arrangement will depend on what digital equipment is required. We have models that can support laptops, tabletop projectors, overhead projectors, document cameras and more. Some even include locking cabinets so equipment will stay secure throughout the workday. For video screenings, TV carts are available as well.
Do you need a whiteboard in the conference room?
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to explain a complex idea to a room full of people without visual aids. In order to ensure that a highly-visible surface is always available in your conference room for illustrative examples and explanations, you need a wall-mounted whiteboard. Our dry erase board cabinets feature functional white boards that are covered by elegant wood-hued doors which will blend in seamlessly with other conference furniture.
At Hertz Furniture, we know how important it is to project professional competence to clients, colleagues and employees. With the right conference room furniture, all meeting attendees will take your company and meetings seriously. Need help figuring out what the optimal arrangement or style is for your space? Contact the Hertz Design Center for free project-planning advice.
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The more students move around and are exposed to varying tasks, the better they will be able to absorb and process information. Flexible chairs and desks encourage innovation. They will help children develop their unique skills and interests by learning in different ways.
Most jobs in the modern world require some degree of collaboration, and the ability to work cooperatively to achieve a goal or complete a task is important for everyone. Mobile furniture facilitates project-based learning, which prepares students for the world outside of their formal education. It also saves money because schools can use the same flexible classroom furniture in many ways, rather than having to purchase new items for various purposes.
Rearranging a learning space several times in the course of the day draws students' attention and encourages children with differing strengths to contribute to the learning community. Flexible tables and desks promote individual work as well as group work. They can be arranged in clusters for collaboration or long rows for frontal lessons. Groups can also be varied in number according to the task at hand.
Flexible classroom furniture includes way more than the basics. Room dividers and whiteboards can play a key role in independent group work or small-group learning facilitated by a teacher. Individual clusters can use dry erase boards for brainstorming and sharing ideas, and then display their work so the rest of the class can see it. This option promotes creative solutions and thinking out of the box much more than a regular pen and paper. It also enables those who were not in the original group to get a clear picture of the ideas being presented as well as the thought processes which led to them.
Dividers are another great piece for those who want to maximize classroom configuration options. An open design in which small groups sit adjacent to each other and can overhear each others' conversations can help students come up with new ideas. However, some students might find the murmur of other groups to be distracting. Partitions can separate one room into clear sections so students can focus on their group and not be distracted by others who are close by. When an open learning environment is desired once again, they can easily be wheeled off to the side in a matter of seconds.
Educators benefit from flexible classroom furniture because it enables them to teach in a variety of ways. To create an even more versatile learning space, consider an adaptable teacher desk. The Nate desk has an extendable work surface which provides a great space for meeting with students as well as a built-in adjustable lectern. This gives teachers the ability to sit and work or stand and teach without having to move around or rearrange anything.
Having things in the classroom which can be used for a variety of purposes encourages young learners to explore and develop their creativity. Even from a young age, children can benefit from flexible furniture. In a preschool classroom, A+ activity tables let young learners work independently, in pairs, or in larger groups without having to move anything at all. Children simply rotate their bodies in different directions and they can benefit from different learning styles. Bentwood stools can form interlocking rows or circles so little ones can enjoy learning from many different vantage points. Cube chairs can be used as flexible chairs, tables or building toys - it all depends on what your students want to do with them.
Playpanel room dividers can expand your options in an early-childhood educational setting. They offer a great way to divide a room into preschool learning centers where young students can choose to participate in activities that appeal to them. Unlike permanent walls or heavy room dividers, play panels can be switched around on a weekly, or even daily basis. They will pique your students' curiosity and provide unlimited possibilities for what you can do with your classroom.
While designing a flexible classroom, storage should be a consideration. Mobile storage cabinets are ideal because they enable you to transport contents without having to do any heavy lifting. When even the cabinets can be moved around easily, almost any configuration can be arranged using flexible school furniture.
Flexible furniture can also come in handy in a business environment. Mobile training tables are perfect for professional-development seminars or training sessions. Flip tops make them easy to set up, transport and store. With casters at the end of each leg, moving them into position is a breeze. Flexible office furniture lets you set up conferences in a variety of configurations, without the limitations that regular tables have.
Mobile AV carts are necessary in both today's schools and offices. Bringing technology into the classroom is much easier when everything can easily be rolled from one room to another. Audio visual carts can hold your laptop, projector and other digital equipment so you can make a slideshow or play a video clip virtually anywhere.
With Hertz Furniture's versatile school furniture, a flexible classroom is right at your fingertips. You can have all of the student desks and school chairs you need with the ability to reconfigure them in numerous ways. Figuring out the logistics of choices and quantities can be quite daunting for those who have never chosen flexible school furniture. If you need help identifying the right flexible furniture for your school or office, contact the Hertz Design Center for free project-planning advice from the experts.