Best Sit-Stand Conference Tables
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Sit-Stand Tables for Stand-Up Meetings
The negative health effects of sitting are clear. More and more offices are giving employees the option to work while standing or walking, leading not only to healthier work days but increased productivity as well. And while individual standing desks and standing desk converters may have led the charge, sit-to-stand and standing height conference tables are following suit. Standing meetings are in.
Aside from the health and productivity benefits associated with standing, another commonly cited reason for switching to standing meetings is that they’re quicker. Employees frequently complain about long or unproductive meetings, and standing helps people stay on task so everyone can get back to work sooner. The “scrum” meeting, which is popular in tech companies, is gaining widespread corporate acceptance. By definition, scrum meetings last no more than 15 minutes and are best conducted standing. From a logistical standpoint, height adjustable conference tables make the most sense so that organizations can conduct both longer sitting and shorter standing meetings in the same space.
Unparalleled Convenience for the Home
When new technology is developed, it can be hard to foresee all the use-cases that eventually become standard (could anyone in 2007, when the first iPhone became available to consumers, have predicted the popularity of the selfie stick?) Adjustable height conference tables are quickly finding their way into the home, too. These large multi-purpose tables provide a ton of added functionality for everyday use—now you can use the same table for eating, entertaining, gift wrapping, board games and more. Plus, if you’ve got a small studio, the ability to work (or eat, or quaff cocktails) at different heights throughout the day helps you to get the most out of your space, so you can have one do-it-all table rather than several smaller surfaces.
How big should your conference table be?
There are a few things you need to consider to help guide you to the answer to that question. The biggest of these would be the number of people it needs to accommodate and the size of the room in which it will be placed.
For the size of the room, you’ll also want to keep in mind what the purpose of the room is, if people will need to move around during meetings, and if your conference table will be used more at sitting or standing heights. You also need to consider the doors, windows, or other aspects of the room that might interfere with the table placement. At the very least, you’ll want at least 4 feet of clearance on all sides of the meeting table so that people can move about comfortably; less if it will always be used at standing height and perhaps more if there are larger chairs around it.
When it comes to the number of people it will fit, again depends on if it will be used more for standing or sitting. Naturally, a conference table will fit more people standing around it than people sitting at chairs where they will want armrests or swing their legs around to either side to get in or out. Mostly
Other conference table considerations
Another factor of use that you want to keep in mind is what kind of meetings it will be used for. If it is just a multipurpose table or only used for short scrum meetings to sync up with coworkers, you can get away with a simple setup that might not even need its own chairs. We have a table like that in our offices that almost always stays at standing height because the meetings are so short than nobody gets tired.
On the other hand, if it is a true conference table where more intense meetings will take place, you will have different requirements. Maybe it is where you meet with clients, which might require one of the more fashionable and high class conference tables. Maybe the meetings at this kind of conference table require the participants to bring laptops to coordinate their work through more than just emails and messages. If this is the case, you’ll want to make sure you have a standing conference table that has available power for everyone to plug into. You don’t want them running a bunch of cords back to the walls behind them to create a tripping hazard.
If you know that you want power ports in the table, consider whether you need a hub in the center of the table (which can result in a mess of cords across the table and awkward maneuvering when someone joins or leaves the meeting), or individual power outlets around the table which help manage all the cables.
What to look for in an emerging market
All that being said, the market is still new for this type of product, and customers are still deciding what to look for in sit-to-stand tables. We’ve assembled this comparison review with all this in mind to help you not only get the most bang for your buck by comparing key specs like tabletop size, but also to provide some guidance as to which standing height conference tables best suit which type of buyer. High weight capacity and electric height adjustment are features everyone can appreciate, but some customers may be more drawn towards a niche product, such as the Focal Upright Confluence, which features a more limited standing-height-only range and a manual crank for small height adjustments.
The age of standing meetings is upon us, and iMovR is leading the way with its Synapse line of adjustable-height conference tables. A high-capacity electric base paired with a 3D-laminated blade-edge table top makes Synapse both powerful and elegant. Grommet-mounted electrical modules power even your most tech-heavy meetings, and a wide range of height adjustment can support both sitting- and standing.
Focal Upright, the creative minds behind the immensely popular Locus Desk, are bringing their design expertise to conference rooms with their Confluence Collaboration Table. Purpose-built for the Mobis- and Mogo leaning seats, the Confluence lean-to-stand conference table makes for faster and more productive meetings.
Price: $ 2,999
At first glance, this ping-pong conference table from Uplift Desk offers a lot of space to have your meetings, whether sitting or standing, not to mention a place to play on breaks. Four dual-stage lifting columns are overkill in lift capacity (535 lbs), height range (sit-stand meeting tables usually move only between 30″ and 42″), at the expense of a noisy four-motor height transition and higher componentry costs. A major downfall though, is the bamboo top. For one, it is the only choice, and is a greenwashed building material that isn’t actually all that friendly to the environment. One-size-fits-all design isn’t a very popular size for conference rooms, with the short end being 60″ (for regulation ping pong play).
Provides a large surface to your office for team meetings with a manual crank operation to switch from sitting to standing heights.
At first glance, this conference table from UPLIFT Desk offers a lot of space to have your meetings, whether sitting or standing. A major downfall though, is the bamboo tabletop. For one, it is the only choice, and is a greenwashed material that isn’t actually all that friendly to the environment. It seems odd that Uplift offers only a single style of “wood” on the 4-leg conference table whereas on their 2-legged conference tables they offer many more choices.
Standing on UPLIFT’s V2 or V2 commercial base, this conference table has a large selection of tabletop materials, including a whiteboard option. While the table length of 80″ is good, the table depth of 30″ (the same depth as most standing desks) may feel a bit too intimate for face-to-face meetings. Having only one size too choose from is very limiting considering how many different rooms and group sizes a typical conference table line is designed to accommodate. This table feels more like a long standing desk. So much so that you can’t really get anyone seated at the ends because of interference with the lifting columns. In effect, this is a four-person meeting table when seated, and perhaps six people when standing (intimately).
Discontinued Standing Conference Tables
At WorkWhileWalking we’ve been lab testing and writing reviews of ergonomic office furniture and accessories for over a decade. In that time, we have seen many of the products we reviewed fall by the wayside. This is inevitable due to the cycle of continuous improvement, with new models supplanting their predecessors. Of course in some cases products weren’t as competitive as they needed to be, or their manufacturers ran into financial challenges (which very much accelerated as a result of the post-pandemic economy).
For whatever reason, these products now fall into the discontinued category, but we will still keep their reviews published and available to read. Whether you want to know more about the desk, monitor arm, etc. that you bought years ago, need more info because someone is selling one second hand, or just want to compare current offerings with what was available in the past, these reviews will remain here for your reference.
The NewHeights Elegante XT Conference is a standing meeting table that offers a high degree of customization, ranging from 60″ to 120″ in length. This electric height-adjustable table empowers your organization to conduct quicker and healthier standing meetings. Additional options include power receptacle and your choice of 16 colors, so you can build the perfect table to suit your needs.
Price: From $ 3,096
Large electric sitting and standing table for office meetings with a bamboo top.
If you need a meeting table for your office, this model of the Fully Jarvis offers a sit-stand conference table options with a whiteboard top for writing notes for everyone to see.
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